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Zipline and baby alligator coming to Millennium Park this weekend

Thrill-seekers, not to mention cold-seekers, can head to Millennium Park this weekend to zip line in 20-degree weather and possibly consider, well, zipping down to Florida in search of warmer weather. The 190-foot-long zip line experience - beginning on a three-story platform set up in the North...

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