Morgan Lee, Nov. 20, 2017

This weekend from 9 a.m. on Friday until almost 6 p.m. on Sunday, the Norris Aquatic Center was filled with swimmers from around the country. Competing teams included Ohio University, Michigan State University, Fresno State University, Grand Canyon University, Illinois State University, Saint Louis, Truman State University, University of Illinois - Chicago and, of course, our very own Northwestern Wildcats.

Both Northwestern’s men's and women's teams took first place. The women scored 1190 points, and were followed by Michigan State and Ohio University. The men scored 890 points, followed by Michigan State and Grand Canyon.

If you want to come see the Wildcats in action, they have one more home meet this year; it is against Iowa on January 20.

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Morgan Lee, Nov. 19, 2017

Every year for a month leading up to Christmas, the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago is transformed into a quaint, German village with artisan shops and a variety of foods including bratwurst, pretzels, beer and strudel.

This pop-up village goes by the name Christkindlmarket and runs from Nov. 17 through Dec. 24 this year. Holiday shoppers can find intricate woodwork, honey, children’s toys, candles, chocolates and more.

The first Christkindlmarket was hosted in 1996 as a way to promote trade between the U.S. and Germany. The next year, the market was moved to Daley Plaza due to a special request from then mayor Richard Daley. Since then, the market has lived in Daley Plaza every year spreading Christmas cheer, as well as German food and festivities.

The market opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, when ...

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Ayesha Goswamy, Nov. 13, 2017

Photos by Ayesha Goswamy / North by Northwestern

Diwali, Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Deepavali – the festival of lights is known by a plethora of names all over South Asia. This Friday, students from SASA showcased the many different ways in which cultures all over the world celebrate this festival. The night began with presentations given by students from diverse cultural backgrounds, sharing personal stories about how they celebrate the festival of lights. Following the presentations, several dance groups from Northwestern – including Anubhav, Bhangra, Nithya, Raas, Deeva, and Brown Sugar – gave lively performances.

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Victoria Woodburn, Nov. 1, 2017

Photos by Victoria Woodburn / North by Northwestern

Company, the Tony-winning musical written by Stephen Sondheim, has made its way to Northwestern.

The musical is directed by Jeff Award-winning director and TimeLIne Theatre Associate Artist Bill Brown. The show will be running from Nov. 3-19 at the Ethel M. Barber Theater. Company is the story of a bachelor named Robert, who is struggling to decide whether he should be content with his lack of a romantic partner. With the help of his friends, Robert begins to understand what it means to be married and recognize what his own lack of romantic relationships truly means.

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Ayesha Goswamy, Mia Zanzucchi, Oct. 29, 2017
On Oct. 28, the Wildcats beat out the Michigan State Spartans in a 39-31 win, bringing their record to 5-3.

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Morgan Lee, Victoria Woodburn, Oct. 23, 2017

For one day a year, the Chicago Botanic Garden opens its gates to dogs a crowd of dog lovers for its annual Spooky Pooch Parade. This year’s event – the ninth parade – was hosted on Oct. 21, without a cloud in the sky and gorgeous 70-degree weather. Dogs and owners alike paraded through the garden as spectators watched happily from the paths and cheered them on. Three-hundred-fifty dogs attended with costumes ranging from a simple lion’s mane to an intricate group of cowboys that included a horse, a pioneer and a cow following behind.   After the parade, dogs, owners and spectators gathered to watch the presentation of awards to the best botanical bowser, best puppy, best senior, best look-alike and best overall costumes.

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Morgan Lee, Oct. 22, 2017
Photos by Morgan Lee / North by Northwestern

The Chicago Botanic Garden is an outdoor oasis just 10 miles from campus. Parking is $25 to $30 per car but admission is free, which is perfect for students who are only a $1.75 bus ride from the garden. The garden is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Nov. 1, when the park begins closing at 5 p.m.

The garden consists of almost 30 separate attractions including a bonsai collection, multiple greenhouses, a fruit and vegetable garden and a model railroad garden. In addition to these everyday charms, the garden holds workshops and classes for adults, youth, children and families on topics including cooking, gardening and wellness.

All this makes the Chicago Botanical Garden a great place for amateur gardeners, nature enthusiasts or just any student who needs a peaceful escape.

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Amy Yang, Oct. 18, 2017
Photos by Amy Yang / North by Northwestern

Last weekend, over 200 buildings across Chicago opened their doors for the public to explore. Open House Chicago is an annual architectural festival hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation with participating venues that range from mansions to skyscrapers, from hotels to places of worship. Visitors got an insider's look of many private locations, and learned about Chicago's culture and history in the process.

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Elissa Gray, Oct. 15, 2017
Photos by Elissa Gray / North by Northwestern

Cupcakes, pink swim caps and smiles galore: At the sixth annual Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer event on Friday, students, faculty and community members joined together to raise money for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Northwestern Women’s Swimming and Diving hosted the event at the Norris Aquatic Center. Attendees competed in a relay-style race against elite athletes, indulged in an an assortment of pink treats and participated in a silent auction, all to support a greater cause.

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Claire Bugos, Oct. 11, 2017
Photos by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

More than 40,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 100 countries battled their way through Chicago Oct. 8 for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The course began and ended in Grant Park and wound through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Galen Rupp, the first American in 15 years to win the marathon, finished with a time of 2:09:20. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:18:31. In its 40th year, the marathon drew over 1 million spectators.

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Morgan Lee, Oct. 8, 2017
Dumplings world-wide were being celebrated at the first World Dumpling Fest on Saturday. Held by Chicago Cultural Alliance, the event was part of a larger event called Inherit Chicago – a month-long festival comprised of different events throughout the city to showcase the cultural diversity of Chicago. Aside from delicious dumplings from restaurants around the city, the Dumpling Fest included performances from various cultural groups, children’s crafts and cultural art vendors.

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Homecoming 2017 is a week of festivities that welcome alumni back to Northwestern. The week started on Sunday, Oct. 1 with the Color Roar and continued throughout the week with events like Deering Food Trucks and PurplePalooza. In anticipation of the Saturday football game against Penn State, the week reached its climax despite the inclement weather at an indoor Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 6. In addition to President Schapiro and Coach Fitzgerald making appearances, the rally was complete with performances from the Northwestern marching band and its accompanying flag team.

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Charlotte Hu, Oct. 2, 2017
Photos by Charlotte Hu / North by Northwestern

Take a virtual tour of The Upside Down: a Stranger Things themed pop-up bar located in Logan Square's Emporium Popup space. The pop-up saw its last customers Oct. 1, but the space will reopen soon with a new Halloween theme: The House of the Dead. The bar featured iconic decorative piece plucked straight out of the show, hidden references and creatively concocted cocktails. It has become a viral sensation since its opening on Aug. 17, taking advantage of the hiatus between the end of the show's first season and the premiere of the second. If you didn't get a chance to see it before it closed, living vicariously through this slideshow is probably the next best thing.

But don't worry, season two of Stranger Things will be available on Netflix on Oct. 27. 

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Claire Bugos, Oct. 1, 2017
Food-rating startup team lands $2,000 in pitch-off. Photo by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

In the final step of a monthslong program for resident teams at the Garage, three hopeful startups took the stage on Thursday to pitch their companies for a chance to win $2,000.

The annual contest is the grand finale for the 11 teams that participated in the Wildfire Pre-Accelerator Program this summer at the Garage. The companies spent the summer developing their startups and ended with Demo Day, where they received feedback from a panel of judges in the style of ABC’s Shark Tank. The top three teams advanced to Thursday’s final pitch-off, where audience members voted on the top pitch.

HotPlate, the winning team, offers an app for restaurant-goers seeking reviews on individual dishes based on the idea that a “restaurant experience should never be ruined by a bad dish.” The company is partnering with Big Bite Night in Evanston and ...

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Audrey Valbuena, Sept. 28, 2017
This story was taken down as Arts Alliance's Garden Party show was canceled due to legal concerns.

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