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Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has successfully completed back-to-back high-wire walks above Chicago, watched by thousands of people.

Nik Wallenda, 35, achieved the two skyscraper crossings without a safety net or a harness.

He first walked up a steep incline between buildings either side of the Chicago River.

Nik Wallenda achieved the Chicago skyscraper crossings without a safety net or a harness

Nik Wallenda achieved the Chicago skyscraper crossings without a safety net or a harness (photo Discovery)

Then, blindfolded, Nik Wallenda crossed between the two Marina City towers.

It took him 6 minutes 52 seconds to complete the first stage 500ft above the ground – in winds that were gusting at up to 25mph.

Nik Wallenda then completed the 94ft between the two Marina City Towers in one minute 17 seconds.

The stunts were televised with a 10-second delay in case he fell.

On the ground, thousands cheered Nik Wallenda.

The tightrope walker – again blindfolded – then answered reporters’ questions.

Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation tightrope walker, has already walked across both the Grand Canyon and the Niagara Falls on tightropes.

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George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future site of a museum of his movie memorabilia and prized art collection.

Chicago had been battling for the site against San Francisco.

The selection of Chicago was a surprise given George Lucas’ close ties with the state of California.

George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future site of a museum of his movie memorabilia and prized art collection

George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future site of a museum of his movie memorabilia and prized art collection

Star Wars creator’s home and visual effects company LucasFilm are based in California. The museum is currently scheduled to open in 2018.

The news was confirmed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Tuesday, though no further details were offered.

George Lucas has referred to Chicago as his “second home” in the past. His wife, Mellody Hobson, is from Chicago and they celebrated their wedding there.

Chicago has reportedly offered a patch of real estate along Lake Michigan near other popular attractions including the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium.

San Francisco is said to have rejected George Lucas’ first choice of sites near the Golden Gate Bridge.

A vote by the museum’s board to accept the decision is expected on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The board is also expected to change the museum’s name from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Among the items said to be in the museum’s collection are Norman Rockwell paintings and a scale model of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft helmed by Han Solo in Star Wars series.

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Six people, including two teens, were shot and another person was injured at a laundromat on Chicago’s South Side on Monday evening.

The shooting took place around 8:05 p.m. local time, said Chicago Police Department spokesman Ron Gaines.

Six people, including two teens, were shot and another person was injured at a laundromat on Chicago's South Side

Six people, including two teens, were shot and another person was injured at a laundromat on Chicago’s South Side

There were no arrests and police were still working to determine the cause of the shooting, Ron Gaines said. A fire department official had earlier said seven people were shot.

Three of the injured were transported to area hospitals in serious to critical condition, including a 14-year old victim, said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, Ron Gaines said.

Victims were aged 14 to 52 and two were women, Ron Gaines said. Another victim was 16-years-old, according to the police spokesman.

Rescue workers found many of the victims still lying on the floor of the coin-machine laundromat, its windows shattered in the attack, Larry Langford said.

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Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Ingredients (for one hot dog):

1 all-beef hot dog

1 poppyseed hot dog bun

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish

1 tablespoon chopped onion

4 tomato wedges

1 dill pickle spear

2 sport peppers

1 dash celery salt

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and set aside. Carefully place a steamer basket into the pot and steam the hot dog bun 2 minutes or until warm.
  2. Place hot dog in the steamed bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. The tomatoes should be nestled between the hot dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun. Don’t even think about ketchup!