GoFundMe is Chicago teacher’s go-to when classroom needs supplies

By Angel Idowu

With limited funding, classrooms at some charter schools like Gary Comer College Prep are unable to provide students with basic supplies. Frustrated, English teacher Brittany Maddox decided to create a GoFundMe page, where she raised $500 to supply her middle-school class with needed books.

“For me, teaching is about helping students realize their fullest potential,” Maddox said. On National Teacher Appreciation Day, her students took some time to reflect on her impact.

Photo at top: Maddox’s students are eager to answer questions about Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” a book she supplied after raising money on a GoFundMe page.(Angel Idowu/MEDILL)

Job outlook at a 10-year high for college seniors

By Grace Austin

A stronger economy means a better job outlook for graduating college seniors and grad students in Chicago, experts say.

According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey, employers hiring recent college graduates this year say those with business, engineering, and computer and information sciences degrees are seeing the highest demand.

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Job-seekers flock to Rogers Park job fair

By Stephanie Rothman

The national unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, but there is still a need for more jobs in communities throughout Chicago.

Ald. Joseph Moore, 49th Ward, and the city of Chicago hosted the third annual Job Fair and Employment Resource Workshop in Rogers Park this week. Some 40 companies gave information to job seekers, who attended the fair for free.

Photo at top: Employers talk to Chicago residents at a Rogers Park job fair, hosted by the city of Chicago. (Rothman/MEDILL)

Robot Revolution comes to Chicago

By Alissa Anderegg

Last week, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) unveiled its latest exhibit, Robot Revolution. The national touring exhibit features 40 robots from around the world—including Japan, Poland, Denmark, Germany, China, Canada, South Korea and across the United States. Visitors of all ages can interact with the robots, which are divided into different aspects of robotics: cooperation, skills, smarts and location. The exhibit also aims to increase student interest and involvement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields through hands-on interaction with the robots on display. Robot Revolution will run now through February 4, 2018.

Photo at top: RoboThesbian, a life-sized humanoid robot, greets visitors as they enter The Museum of Science and Industry’s latest exhibit, Robot Revolution.(Alissa Anderegg/MEDILL)

Chicago’s new Riverwalk hopes to entice more tourists

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu

Tomorrow is the official opening of Chicago’s Riverwalk summer activites, many free events are open to public from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.

The new Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile promenade through the whole city from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street along the south bank of the Chicago river. It is a good place for tourists to enjoy the architecture, and vendors along the Riverwalk are expecting to have better summer sales.

​Photo at top: Tourists are enjoying the city on Chicago’s new Riverwalk.(Beixi Xu/MEDILL)​

Pilsen store uses new media to sell vintage items

By Beixi Xu

With more than 400 thrift stores in Chicago, some owners are trying new methods to reach an audience and break free from the pack. ​​Pilsen Vintage and Thrift is the largest store of its kind in the Pilsen community. Two years ago, the owner began to use social media and now has over 2,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook.​

​Photo at top: Owner Paul Guizar arranges a rack of clothes at Pilsen Vintage and Thrift.(Beixi Xu/MEDILL)​

Buckingham Fountain: Own a Piece of History

By Mike Davis

Buckingham Fountain is turned on for the season and Chicagoans are celebrating the monument’s 90th anniversary. But that’s not the only excitement surrounding the fountain.

Stuart Grannen, an antiques dealer and owner of Architectural Artifacts Inc. in Ravenswood, is selling the thousand-pound piece of Georgia Green Marble for $22,000.

Grannen said he acquired the historic piece years ago from a descendant of Edward H. Bennett, the architect of Buckingham Fountain. He originally wanted the piece for a museum he was building but the venture fell through.

Now, he’d like to see the piece of history find a good home, preferably in Chicago.

Photo at top: The historic piece of Buckingham Fountain, newly for sale. (Mike Davis/MEDILL)

Chicago River enthusiasts take a group photo to focus on conservation

By Allie Burger

April is Overflow Action Month on the Chicago River. Because of how the city’s sewer system was designed, sewage can enter the river during heavy rains when the drains overflow.

To promote awareness of the issue, and to encourage water conservation, Friends of the Chicago River invited residents to “photobomb” the river.

Photo at top: The event included almost 200 participants downtown. (Friends of the Chicago River)

Stocks edge lower on disappointing earnings, political uncertainty

By Shen Lu

Stocks fell slightly on Thursday as political risks and higher-than-expected inflation at the wholesale level weighed on investors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average initially fell by as much as 144 points after major department stores reported disappointing earnings, but it later rebounded.

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“Odysseo” combines equestrian and acrobatic skills in Chicago run

By Peter Jones

Sam Alvarez is one of 48 human cast members in the world’s largest touring production. A trained aerialist and coach, Alvarez works alongside 65 horses in “Odysseo,” which has been produced by the Montreal-based company Cavalia since 2011.

More than two million people in Canada, the United States and Mexico have seen the show so far, according to Cavalia. “Odysseo” began its run in Chicago April 1 and will run through May 21.

Photo at top: Sam Alvarez, an aerialist and coach for “Odysseo,” shows off his acrobatic skills. (Peter Jones/MEDILL)