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Divvy's got a brand new bag

by Kim Adams

Kim Adams With the improving spring weather, more Divvy bike riders are hitting the streets. But riding around town with multiple bags is often challenging. Po Campo, a Chicago-based business that creates functional bags for urban lifestyles, has introduced a new bag tailor made for a Divvy bike's basket.


Sunday may no longer be a day off for parking in Chicago

by Donna Mary Mahoney

Neighborhoods outside of downtown Chicago may soon start having to feed the meters on Sundays.

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Cooking up a better life at Blue Sky Bakery

by Carolyn Freundlich

Carolyn Freundlich 2014-04-17 Blue Sky Bakery and Cafe has been finding employment for at-risk young men and women otherwise thought to be unemployable. Every 12 weeks the program hires five new young people. Over the course of 12 weeks they learn culinary skills and networking skills, all while building thei


A solution for food deserts: grow your own produce

by Taylor Thornton

A group called the Loud Grade Produce Squad is looking to build communities and teach a sustainable lifestyle in North Lawndale and Uptown. The community gardens produce fresh fruits and vegetables to give communities access to fresh produce.

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What a proposed taxi drivers' union means for Chicago riders

by Natasha S. Alford

Cab drivers in Chicago are trying to unionize for the first time, following trends in New York and Philadelphia. They say their wages aren't enough to make a living, and new ride-share apps like UberX and Lyft are making it harder.

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Motorola Mobility unveils its new Chicago headquarters

by Elizabeth Wang

Elizabeth Wang 2014-04-22 Telecom giant Motorola Mobility has officially moved into the Merchandise Mart in Chicago's River North. Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the company which he hopes will add to the growing technology hub in Chicago. true Right false true Elizabeth Wang/Medill


Year Up Chicago puts young people on the path to better jobs

by Carolyn Freundlich

Carolyn Freundlich 2014-04-24 Year Up Chicago helps young people from low-income areas get good-paying jobs. In its first four years, the program has helped roughly 400 students --  mainly from the West and South Sides of Chicago -- find work. true Right false true Year Up Chicago enroll


Proposed Trader Joe's gets mixed welcome in Wicker Park

by Kim Adams

Kim Adams 2014-04-22 A proposed Trader Joe’s in Wicker Park is stirring up controversy. Residents who oppose the grocery store feel it will create excessive traffic and threaten the safety of students at LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School, which is located across the street. Other residents are excited a


Faith leaders unite to support LGBT asylum-seekers

by AlixHines

Faith leaders in Chicago are working together to support LGBT people fleeing oppressive regimes worldwide. In more than 75 countries it is illegal to be LGBT or support LGBT community organizations, according to Rev. Lois Parr of Broadway United Methodist Church.


New pay-by-phone parking app rolls out in West Loop

by Catherine Boardman

A new app allows drivers in the West Loop to pay for a parking spot and add time by using their mobile phone. The service has Chicago drivers excited about avoiding parking tickets, but worried about other drawbacks.


Chicago Kite: Where the wind takes you

by Elizabeth Wang

Illinois' only official kite store is spreading its wings again coming out of the winter weather. The family-run business is helping keep the fun and age-old sport alive.


Ex-felon turned actvist urges action on juvenile violence

by Rose Zhou

Legal, mental health and prison experts gathered at Columbia College to discuss what should be done about the juvenile violence situation in Chicago. One former felon who now works with youth in juvenile detention centers called for more guidance for incarcerated kids.


Project Fierce Chicago to help LGBT homeless find a home

by Kelly Nicastro

Project Fierce Chicago has a mission to reduce the LGBT youth homelessness population in Chicago by providing no-cost transitional housing and support services.


DePaul women's tennis making history

by Taylor Thornton

The DePaul women's tennis team is on the verge of being the No.1 seed in the Big East Tournament. After a historic start to the season the Blue Demons look to finish strong and hopefully gain entry to the NCAA tournament.

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Meet the superhero siblings of hospitalized children

by Merrill D'Arezzo

At Chicago's Ronald McDonald house, brothers and sisters of children in local hospitals were given a super-hero's welcome.


Chicagoans training for Boston Marathon say it's more than just a race

by Eliza Larson

Thousands of runners are heading to Massachusetts for the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21. It has been a difficult year for Boston after last year’s bombings, but a handful of runners from Chicago are heading there to support the city and show respect for the race.


Safety, security bat leadoff for Wrigleyville bars during baseball season

by Christian Flores

Baseball season brings fans from across the country to Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. As a result of the heavier-than-usual foot traffic, Wrigleyville bar owners and managers ramp up safety measures. true Right false true Fans head to the afternoon Pi


Goodbye Gluten? The truth behind the dieting trend

by Katie Schubauer

Giving up gluten has recently become a popular dieting trend but dietitians say this might not be the healthiest option for those who don't have gluten allergies.

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Warmer weather, greater need at Chicago Food Depository

by Merrill D'Arezzo(2)

As the temperatures go up, donations tend to fall at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Depository, which serves all of Cook County, has seen need for its services go up 6.5 percent over the past year. true Right false true   Volunteers work in


Foreign tech geeks in demand, but visas are limited

by Rose Zhou

At least 50,000 foreign workers will not receive a job visa this year. Many of them are students earning degrees in computing and digital media. Chicago technology executives called for immigration reform as a measure to keep talented tech types in the U.S. job market.


Gresham Elementary community rallies to keep school's staff

by Christian Flores

Auburn-Gresham residents rallied in front of Gresham Elementary School against Chicago Public Schools' proposal to turn their neighborhood school over to an outside organization called Academy for Urban School Leadership.


Fried chicken with a side of social activism

by Katie Schubauer

Leghorn Chicken opened last month in the Ukrainian Village and offers a unique take on the traditional fried chicken restaurant. It's openly pro-gay rights and calls itself socially conscious.

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Evanston cafe serves up a second chance

by Natasha S. Alford

Natasha S. Alford 2014-04-15 Curt's Cafe in Evanston is giving at-risk youth a second chance by putting them to work in the kitchen. It's a way for them to make some money and start refocusing their lives. true Right false true Delonte Walker, 21, works five days a week at Curt's Cafe wh

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Cubs hope remote parking lot will ease Lake View congestion

by Alix Hines

The Cubs are offering 1,000 free parking  spaces at a remote lot as a part of a neighborhood protection ordinance that allows them to play more night games.

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The Heartbleed Bug: What you need to know

by Anne Evans

The recently discovered Heartbleed Bug has been described as one of the biggest flaws ever in Internet security. Lee Neubecker, a Chicago-based expert in Web security, recommends that all Internet users change their password for every site they use, but only once a site is considered safe.


Potholes wreak havoc on drivers, leading to lawsuits

by Rachel Menitoff

This has been a bumpy winter for Chicago drivers. The combination of heavy snowfall and cold temperatures has created the perfect recipe for potholes.


Dog owners start petition to increase beach safety for pets

by Elizabeth Wang

Concerned dog owners who frequent Montrose Dog Beach are urging the Chicago Park District to put up more protective barriers around the beach.


'Paper or plastic?' May no longer be a choice in Chicago

by Catherine Boardman

Chicago Shoppers might not have the option of paper or plastic for much longer as Aldermen work to ban plastic bags that litter the streets and damage the environment. But will the switch cost too much for small businesses?


Chicago's startup hub seeking female entrepreneurs

by Christina Avalos

It's well known that there is a shortage of women in the tech world. But one of Chicago’s most well-known startup hubs is attempting to change that.

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No Hollywood ending for local movie rental businesses

by Kelly Nicastro

Broadway Video will be closing its door this July. The movie rental store can't compete with movie streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon.


Illinois proposes stricter smoking ban, but students won't quit

by Annabelle Ju

Illinois House passed the Smoke-Free Campus Act proposing smoke bans on all public higher-education campuses, but some schools already have no-smoking rules of their own.


A pricier gas additive can hurt both the wallet and the car

by Eliza Larson

Chicagoans can blame this year's record cold weather for many things: potholes, school closings and now a rise in gas prices. This winter's cold temperatures have caused the price of ethanol to rise, making it far more expensive to blend ethanol with gasoline for fuel. But the ethanol in fuel has the potential of hurting both your car and your wallet.


A new start in life for a mere $36,000

by Taylor Thornton

A new Chicago start-up in the West Loop teaches innovation, design and code to entrepreneurs. The Starter League recently expanded its 3-month session to a full-time, 9-month program called The Starter School. The program gives students the tools to build their own companies. But like most schools these days, it is not cheap


Nourishing a startup with protein bars

by Melanie Saltzman

Venture Capital firms invested $3.6 billion into Illinois startups last year, according to the Illinois Venture Capital Association. Some 90 percent of those companies are in Chicago. West Town-based RxBars -- makers of high-quality protein bars -- wants a bite of those investment dollars.