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Some Chicagoans got a crash course in the world’s religions recently, visiting five major religious sites on the city’s south side — including Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Ebenezer Baptist Church and Masjid Al-Taqwa. The Interfaith Trolley tour, which took place on Orthodox Easter, was inspired by the convergence of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Baha’i holidays in April. It was a chance to promote interfaith understanding, said organizers, which included Chicago Theological Seminary and American Islamic College. “We’re all striving for peace, being centered, and holiness,” said Barbara Heitzmann, who took part in the tour with her daughter, a minister.

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Molly Wiese was truly stumped. Her parents and siblings live in Southern California, and Wiese, a 35-year-old lawyer, has returned home every Christmas since she moved to Minnesota in 2007.

In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans - and yet to buy airline tickets - may not be forced to pay for their delay.

Traveling during the holidays is stressful, but that doesn't mean you have to deal with annoying people or things at the airport. To help, we came up with a list of irritating airport behaviors and solutions for how to avoid them.

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