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How To Experience Australia In Chicago

In the brutal cold, winter days of Chicago, the idea of the warmth of summer is an idea greatly welcomed. Some parts of the world though are enjoying summer while you pull on the long underwear, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. While expensive to get to Australia and not always easily attainable as a vacation, you can experience it right here in Chicago. Read on to find out where you can experience a little bit of the down under right here in your very own backyard.

02/18/2014

Protesters from Tecoma, Australia, rally outside the Parliament House in Melbourne, to oppose plans to build a McDonald's in the small mountain town. (Credit: Twitter)

Aussies To Deliver Petition Opposing McDonald’s In Small Mountain Town

The residents of a small Australian mountain town have gathered more than 90,000 signatures from people opposed to a McDonald’s restaurant, and planned to deliver them by hand to McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook on Tuesday.

WBBM Newsradio–09/03/2013

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Australian Killed In Okla. Followed College Dream

Chris Lane loved baseball, but knew it wouldn’t make him a star. Instead, the Australian youth with a quirky passion for America’s pastime came to the U.S. for a college education, found a girlfriend and died while training for what was likely his final year on the diamond.

670 The Score–08/22/2013

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Three Teens Shoot, Kill College Baseball Player Out Of Boredom

An Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.

670 The Score–08/20/2013

Ryan Marron, a police officer from Perth, Australia, traveled to Chicago to visit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for treatment after he was bitten by a mosquito, resulting in encephalitis that left him paralyzed and unable to speak. (Credit: CBS)

Disabled Australia Cop Comes To Chicago For Rehab

It happened in the Australian wilderness. A young police officer was bitten by a mosquito and became immobilized, a quadriplegic who also cannot speak. Now he has traveled from down under to Chicago. Here, police officer Ryan Marron hopes he can regain what was lost.

CBS 2–03/28/2012

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Pen Pals Finally Meet After 36 Years

For a moment, they were the same two excited 8-year-old girls who first began looking for things they had in common 36 years ago.

04/22/2011