A return of chocolate-making to Marshall Field building

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For nearly 70 years, workers minted Frango chocolates on the 13th floor of the Marshall Field & Co. building on State Street.

Frango production moved out of state in 1999 to the dismay of civic leaders and local mint chocolate aficionados. More than two decades later, chocolate has made its return to the upper floors of the building now anchored by the Macy’s department store, where candy giant Ferrero is opening its first North American research and development lab and innovation center.

The Tribune visited Ferrero’s labs, located on the building’s ninth floor, prior to a grand opening planned for today. Here, research teams will develop new product recipes, though sweets will not be manufactured on-site.

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Mayor Brandon Johnson, center, stands during the Mexican National anthem prior to the Mexican Independence Day parade in Little Village on Sept. 16, 2023.

As revelers across the city this weekend waved flags and honked horns in honor of Mexican Independence Day, a chaotic undertone tarnished the celebration with the sudden downtown road closures that trapped drivers Friday and Saturday nights and bouts of mischief among the mostly peaceful street parties that sometimes escalated to violence.

Denise Ortiz and her kids play in McKinley Park , in front of the MAT Asphalt facility, Sept. 18, 2023.

A year after federal investigators outlined how Chicago funnels industrial polluters into Black and Latino neighborhoods, Mayor Brandon Johnson vowed Monday to overhaul zoning, planning and land-use ordinances that perpetuate the city’s long history of racial segregation.

Johnson called his pledge the beginning of what promises to be a lengthy, contentious effort to undo the effects of decades of government redlining and other racist real estate practices, as well as more recent city policies that encouraged heavy industry to move out of predominantly white neighborhoods into other parts of Chicago disproportionately burdened by pollution, poverty and disease.

State Sen. Robert Peters speaks during a press conference to mark the end of money bond outside of the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 18, 2023.

State lawmakers, Cook County officials and advocates who worked to pass bond reform legislation marked the first day of implementation with a news conference on the steps of the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Monday morning where they lauded what they said was a historic moment meant to create more equity in the criminal justice system. Illinois is the first state to fully eliminate cash bail, making it a closely watched national bellwether.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy stops for reporters' questions about passing a funding bill and avoiding a government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 18, 2023.
A return of chocolate-making to Marshall Field building

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Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko alongside his wife, Kateryna Yushchenko.

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The singer Denise La Grassa performs at the restaurant Chant on Sept. 8, 2023.

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