Chicago News You Need to Know This Week: A Yellow Brick Road, Touching Veterans Day Reunion and More Feel-Good Stories

Despite the record-breaking cold here in Chicago, we have some feel-good news stories that will warm you right up. From a Veterans Day reunion to a ‘seismic shift’ for providing food to Chicagoans in need, these stories will brighten your day.

Gretchen Hause, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Hindman Auctions, oversaw the highest grossing auction for her department with the sale of a single collection. Top bids went to first editions of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and a signed first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Hindman’s Library of a Midwestern Collector realizes over $1.9 million, becoming the highest grossing auction for the Books and Manuscripts department and breaking a world auction record – Hindman Auctions

Hindman Auction sale Chicago News
Courtesy of Hindman Auctions

The Greater Food Depository is planning to build a 40,000-square-foot new kitchen adjacent to its headquarters on Chicago’s Southwest Side, which will have the ability to produce 4 million meals a year.

Greater Chicago Food Depository to build a $50 million kitchen to home-deliver 4 million meals a year. ‘This is a seismic shift.’ – Chicago Tribune

Greater Food Depository Chicago Tribune News
Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune

Grab the tissues before you watch this video of two siblings reunited with their older Marine brother during a Veterans Day concert.

Marine surprises little siblings at Veterans Day concert in Schaumburg – WGN

Trent Wisehart, executive vice president of global creative services for Tommy Hilfiger, is opening his beautiful Lake Bluff home for the Lake Bluff History Museum’s Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, December 8.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Forest & Bluff Magazine

See our feature on previous North Shore Christmas Walks here.

Trent Wisehart Lake Bluff Home
Photo by Monica Kass Rogers

Did you know that L. Frank Baum wrote ‘Wizard of Oz’ in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago? There is now a yellow brick road there in his honor.

Yellow Brick Road Built Where L. Frank Baum Wrote ‘Wizard Of Oz,’ Delighting Humboldt Park Residents – Block Club Chicago

Yellow Brick Road Humboldt Park
Block Club Chicago

Bright Pink, a national nonprofit focused on the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer, was founded by Wilmette’s Lindsay Avner Kaplan. Learn more about Bright Pink’s mission and Kaplan’s important work.

Bright Futures – Sheridan Road

Avner Kaplan Sheridan Road Bright Pink
Photo by Robin Subar/Sheridan Road

This Illinois man – dubbed “Bike Man” – has repaired over 3,000 bikes for individuals in need.

Heroic ‘Bike Man’ Repairs 3000+ Bicycles For Those In Need – ABC 7 Chicago

Help raise funds for the Nitkey family during a ‘FriendsGiving’ Party on November 23, so their three daughters can receive Lyme disease treatment at a German clinic.

Nitkey family
Courtesy of Nitkey family

An adorable pup who spent three years in a shelter went on a ‘Ferris Bueller’ style adventure through Chicago, as he searches for his forever home.

Fido The Dog, Who’s Spent 3 Years In Shelter Without A Family, Goes On ‘Ferris Bueller’ Adventure – Block Club Chicago

Not only did a Chicago police sergeant save a life during the Hot Chocolate 15K, but he also proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes!).

Chicago police sergeant running in Hot Chocolate Run in full SWAT gear saves life, gets engaged – ABC 7 Chicago


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Macaire DouglasMacaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide.