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Ana the Irving Park crossing guard confronts dangerous and disrespectful drivers to keep kids safe

Stationed at the complicated intersection of Elston, Grace, and Bernard, Ana is a much-needed neighborhood fixture.

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The Marijuana Issue
Despite decriminalization, Chicago’s grass gap persists. It took statewide decriminalization to get Chicago cops to stop arresting mostly black Chicagoans for possession of small amounts of weed. Pot shots of Chicago. City icons seen through a haze of smoke. Music: Record stores for Record Store Day heretics. It's a good time to skip the lines and get acquainted with the great neighborhood shops that don’t partake in the annual retail circus.

The Reader's Bar Guide: Hundreds of bars searchable by neighborhood and our top recommended watering holes in Chicago

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