Chicago area rents drop but save tenants little

By Stephanie Choporis

Cook County residents can expect little change to median rent prices of all properties due to inflation and potential leveling off despite a recent dip in costs, according to experts.

Among the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S., Zillow’s senior economist, Skylar Olsen, said Cook County, also referred to as metro Chicago, fell from 14th highest median rents of all properties in 2012 to 15th highest in 2015. But Olsen said the decrease does little to offset years of inflation. Continue reading

VIDEO: Natural hair trend builds lucrative, vibrant community

By Mariel Turner

A new hair movement centered on natural and curly hair texture is growing in popularity. Many African-American women are now choosing to wear their hair in its natural state, without the use of relaxers, chemical straighteners or heat. The natural movement is driving down the sales of chemical hair treatments and building camaraderie amongst many residents.  Continue reading