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Today's newsletter is 897 words β€” a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Everett Cook and copy edited by Rob Reinalda.

1 big thing: Printing press on the line

Bundles of Chicago Tribune newspapers come off the press at the Freedom Center. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Bally's is moving forward with its plans to build a casino by buying the Tribune's Freedom Center production plant along the Chicago River in West Town.

  • The sprawling 30-acre site will house the new casino, a hotel and an entertainment district by its expected opening in 2026.

Why it matters: The 41-year-old Freedom Center plant prints the Tribune and Sun-Times, as well as editions of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times for local delivery.

  • Nexstar Media has been expected to sell the plant to Bally's since the initial casino bid. Once Bally's takes over, the Freedom Center could be razed.
  • So we know what the potential sale means for a casino, but it could also have an impact on the future of Chicago's newspapers.

The intrigue: Alden Global Capital, owners of Tribune Publishing and the Chicago Tribune, quietly purchased a shuttered printing plant in West Milwaukee, but Alden isn't saying what the company plans to do with it.

Yes, but: According to the Tribune, the paper wants to sign an extension (currently in arbitration) for the Freedom Center.

  • Par Ridder, GM of the Tribune, told his paper, "No decision has been made to move printing operations to Milwaukee."

Between the lines: The Trib's lease at the Freedom Center ends next summer, so even though the plant could be torn down quickly, Alden could still sign a lease and get relocation funds when that happens.

The bottom line: If Alden does relocate printing to Milwaukee, it would become the first time that neither the Tribune nor Sun-Times is printed locally.

2. Chicago's haunted past

This photo of the Drake Hotel was taken in the 1920s, not long after it supposedly was first haunted. Photo: Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

With Halloween looming, let's put aside talk of costumes and candy to dive into primo haunted places to visit this holiday weekend.

Resurrection Mary: Probably the best ghost story in Chicago history. Mary is a ghost inhabiting Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. Killed by a hit-and-run driver on Archer Avenue and buried at Resurrection, she now haunts the area as a young hitchhiker. There are several stories of people picking her up and, once they get close to the cemetery, she disappears into it.

Three more haunts

3. Tips and hot links: Flag football

Photo of a football player on field
Taft High School hosted Kenwood High School in the Chicago Public League Girls Flag Football Championship Game at Lane Tech Stadium on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears

🏈 The Illinois Girls Flag Football Championships take place tomorrow at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Although flag football is not a state-sanctioned sport, several high schools have teams, including squads in Chicago, Rockford and Willowbrook. (High School Football America)

🏫 Daniel Boone Elementary in West Ridge is renaming itself Mosaic School of Fine Arts. The board of education voted yesterday for the change because Boone was a "historically egregious figure" who owned slaves. (Tribune)

⚾ The World Series starts tonight. Chicago connections include the Phillies' Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos and David Robertson, plus Astros catcher Martín Maldonado. And, of course, Houston manager Dusty Baker. (NBC Sports)

4. Best Day Ever: Josephine Lee

Photo of a choir performing on stage.
Uniting Voices artistic director Josephine Lee accompanies the choir at a recent performance. Photo: Kevin Beerman, courtesy of Uniting Voices

The Chicago Children's Choir is no more. Well, at least the name is gone.

What they're saying: "Our new name better represents our decades-long work to build a harmonious world," president and artistic director Josephine Lee tells Axios.

Why it matters: Lee says the name change will help the organization embrace young singers outside Chicago.

  • It also seems to appeal to donors. The choir pulled in a record $2 million during its annual fundraiser last week.

What's next: Uniting Voices starts a series of winter neighborhood concerts in mid-November.

Before then, we asked Josephine to sing from the rooftops about how she would spend her Best Day Ever in Chicago.

🍍 Breakfast: "I'd start my day as I always do: with a little fruit and some simple tea with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and honey."

🧘 Morning activity: "I always try to take some time for meditation and yoga in the morning."

πŸ₯— Lunch: "Usually I grab a salad somewhere, but my ideal lunch would be at Alla Vita, one of my favorites."

The rest of Josephine Lee's Best Day Ever

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5. Eat Their Lunch: Dallas Cowboys

A Cowboys helmet sits on field prior to the 2019 game at Soldier Field. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Bears look to keep the good vibes going Sunday when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

  • They'll be in the Halloween spirit by wearing those orange uniforms again.

Playing the Cowboys always makes for a good excuse to add Texas cuisine to our game day spread.

  • Axios Dallas reporter (and honorary Chicagoan) Tasha Tsiaperas gives us the real deal on Dallas dishes:

πŸ₯‘ Chips and dips: "Salsa, queso (a homemade version of Torchy's is ideal) and guacamole, but cut the avocados like a real person and not like they did on the Great British Baking Show."

πŸ– Brisket: "Get a friend who will tend to the smoker all night and bring the meats of their labor to the tailgate. If you don't have a friend to smoke brisket, line up early enough at Arlington's Hurtado, not far from the stadium."

🍺 Beer: "Go with a Texas beer like Shiner. Or a Mexican lager like Neato Bandito."

6. Open Office Hours: Midterms 2022

(L,R) Fritz Kaegi, Bob Fioretti and Theresa Mah. Photo: Axios Visuals

Join us Wednesday night at Revolution Brewpub in Logan Square for a lively conversation about this year's election cycle. Guests include:

  • Fritz Kaegi, Cook County Assessor
  • Theresa Mah, State Representative
  • Bob Fioretti, candidate for Cook County Board President

Details: It's free! But register here, please, because space is limited.

  • We will also be celebrating the birthday of one of Chicago's best beers, Anti-Hero (not to be confused with Taylor Swift's new song).
  • See you there!

Our picks:

❀️ Monica wants to thank the super kind reader who picked up her Axios hat as it was blowing down the path near Montrose Harbor last weekend. She was especially glad when he said, "Axios? I love Axios and read it every morning."

🍬 Justin is trying to decide if he should set up the candy chute again this year for Halloween. It made sense for the pandemic, but this Halloween may be back to normal. But on the flipside, it's just fun. It may be a game-time decision.

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