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Felony Franks Gives Ex-Cons Second Chance

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Felony Franks has outdoor seating that is closely monitored by Manager Jerry Tassos to avoid littering. (Photo by Charlotte Eriksen)

By Ashley Kohler and Charlotte Eriksen

The stench of Marlboro Red cigarettes waves through the air, plastic bottles and paper food cartons scatter the grassy floor beneath the picnic tables. The hot sun beams over the oddly quaint hot dog business.

Felony Franks, located at 229 S. Western Avenue, serves its trademark “misdemeanor wiener” and other jail-themed menu items through a bulletproof revolving glass window. The jail food gimmick is catchy, but the hot dog hut story is real. Felony Franks owner, Jim Andrews, 64, strictly employs his hot dog joint with ex-cons.

Andrews has received negative criticism from neighbors since his opening in July 2009, including Alderman Bob Fioretti, who publicly denounced the business and would not approve a curb cut for a drive-thru or sign permit.

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Chicago’s Gold Coast a Hot Spot for Yogis

Charlotte Brecht Munn rises before dawn to teach yoga in Chicago

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of stories about what happens in Chicago overnight.

By Ashley Kohler

It is still dark outside, but the yellow lights on Division Street illuminate the studio windows. It is 5:15 a.m. on a Tuesday and 26 year-old Charlotte Brecht Munn is preparing for a 6 a.m. Hot Power Fusion Yoga class at the Corepower Yoga on 12 W. Maple St. in the Gold Coast.

The tall blond, wearing a black zip up hoodie with white polka dots, prepares the room and gets ready to check-in her students before class.

“I want people to know they don’t have to feel crappy anymore,” Munn said when asked how yoga can change an average person’s life. “Yoga is not a routine, it is a way of life. Yoga is a way for people to stop feeling pain, regain energy, and feel good about themselves.”

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