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Orland Park Teen Wants Everyone to Play Baseball

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Orland Park has a special resident who thinks beyond himself when it comes to improving his community. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Stack is on a mission to building a handicap accessible baseball field.

After hearing about a Challengers Field in nearby Tinley Park, IL he asked why his town of Orland Park, IL didn’t have a field that was handicap friendly. When it was apparent that the idea for one was never thought of, he decided to take action.

Zachary’s mission is to share his love for the game of baseball by making it accessible to those who haven’t always been able to play due to their disabilities.


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ParkWhiz finds Cubs fans better parking on opening day

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

When heading to a Chicago Cubs home game, you might want to check to see if you’ll have a place to park before you leave. Too often fans make the mistake of waiting until they arrive in Wrigleyville to shop around the available parking.

With limited parking spots and prices starting around $50 a space, fans are in need of a different option.

ParkWhiz is an on-demand parking app co-founded by Aashish Dalal, a Northwestern graduate. It finds your affordable parking near an event or by simply entering your destination.

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Technology Training and Operations Manager by Day Head Basketball Coach by Night

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Northwestern’s very own Rafie Fields works in the Medill Chicago Newsroom as the Technology Training and Operations Manager. Little do the students there know, his mind for basketball is one of a kind.

The graduate of George Westinghouse College Prep High School is the Head Basketball Coach of his alma mater.

Once a powerhouse of Chicago high school basketball programs, Coach Fields aims to take them back to those days in his first season at the helm.

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Punching Back at the Crime in Chicago’s Southside

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Children on the south side of Chicago are subjected to an alarming rate of violence from a very young age. Without after school activities to keep these kids from joining gangs, many find themselves in a gang before high school.

Sally Hazelgrove took it upon herself to create Crushers Club in Englewood in order to get the kids off the streets.

Her goal is to open multiple clubs like this one in order to turn off the stream of the next generation of gang members.

Photo at top: The walls are decorated with photos of Crusher’s Club members. (Nicholas Mantas/MEDILL)

The House of Burritos that Feels Like Home

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Just west of Wrigley Field at the intersection of Lincoln and Addison sits one of Chicago’s little-known treasures of the city, the original Burrito House. 3545 N Lincoln Ave is the address of where “x marks the spot” for this family run institution.

Now expanded into three locations, Luis Salinas and his family have made fast-Mexican lunches and dinners for the Chicago community while helping those who also came from Mexico.

Every family has their story of how they made it in America. This restaurant is still giving opportunities to other families from Mexico to do the same.

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