Tag Archives: Chicago

Chicago boxing coach lifts female fighters to new heights, motivated by tragedy

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

Israel Gonzalez is a decorated Chicago boxing coach. He fought “semi-professionally” until his career suddenly ended on Christmas day in 2003. Once Gonzalez got back on his feet, his journey as a coach began at Northeastern Illinois University, while pursuing an education. Today, Gonzalez is regarded as one of the top female boxing coaches in the city. Medill Reports caught up with Israel to find out how his dedication to leading students, specifically women, has turned his boxers into champions.

Photo at top: Israel Gonzalez coaching boxers before a tournament in Chicago. (Chris Cadeau / MEDILL)

Martial arts legend now focuses on the next generation

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

Anthony Marquez, actor and decorated martial arts instructor, starred in the Mortal Kombat (Kung Lao) video games and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies in the 1990’s. Today, Marquez is using his passion for martial arts to influence his students in his training facility (Extreme Martial Arts) in Chicago’s North side. Medill Reports spent time with Marquez and learned about the moment he decided to stop focusing on his own professional success and start educating and motivating others.

Photo at top: Anthony Marquez (right), EKF owner and head coach, teaching a martial arts defensive tactic to his student Jun Phan. (Chris Cadeau / Medill)

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 fashion looks

By Katelyn Sabater
Medill Reports

In an age of social media and high-quality iPhone photography, music festivals have become the perfect backdrop for any fashionista’s post. Festivalgoers at Pitchfork 2018 didn’t let a rainy forecast or cloudy skies damper any chance of showing off their unique looks.

The typical flower crown and boho dress were left at Coachella, as attendees of the three-day festival mixed bold patterns, textures and gender identifiers.

2018 marks the 13th year that Pitchfork has curated the performances at Union Park, with capacity for 20,000 attendees per day over three days this year. Crowds had the opportunity to hear the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan and Tame Impala, to name a few.

Photo at top: Shaheem Anderson and Max Goldstein walking throughout festival arm in arm. (Katelyn Sabater/Medill)

Big Ten Media Days kicks off with Fitzgerald, Harbuagh & more

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Big Ten conference head football coaches stepped up to the microphone to face the media and talk about their upcoming seasons. The Medill Reports sports team was at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days as well.


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Chicago woman living her passion for eight decades

Loumay Alesali
Medill Reports

Doris Humphries, 93, has been dancing since childhood. She used to nail bottles caps to the soles of her shoes, so she can hear herself when she tried to do tap routines she saw in movies.

“It is just something I love, and I get into it. I just feel the rhythm and I love to see a person getting the dances and loving the dances,” Humphries said.
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The pressure for success in Chicago sports

By: Nick Mantas and Aaron Rose
Medill Reports

The Chicago Bears and Bulls haven’t won a championship in this century. ESPN and Sun Times reporters weigh in on the reasons for what has led to their unsuccessful seasons and what next season could bring for both organizations. During  the second segment,  we talk about the challenges of raising a young Chicago basketball star.

PHOTO AT TOP: Chicago Bears practice drills in the off-season. (Nicholas Mantas/MEDILL)

Local blogger on healthy food in Chicago and beyond

Loumay Alesali
Medill Reports

From Havana to Athens to Lima and many more destinations around the world, Sapna the Chicago vegetarian traveler, blogger and Instagrammer delivers international journeys to people’s fingertips with one click, or swipe.

She started her blog, vegetariantourist.com, six years ago to share her traveling experiences with people and help them find the best of food out there in the U.S. and anywhere abroad. Her 15,000 followers on Instagram turn to her when they want to find restaurants that accommodate their vegetarian and gluten free dietary needs. Sapna’s goal is to make it easier for people to experiment with food while traveling and escape the daunting fear of food restriction.
“It makes places less scary, so that you yourself can feel comfortable, like okay I’ve seen all these pictures on Instagram or I’ve read a couple of blogs and people said it’s okay not to worry,” Sapna said.
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International Rugby Coming to Chicago

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

At a news conference inside Soldier Field it was announced The Rugby Weekend will be held in Chicago once again.
The last time Chicago hosted the event in 2016  sell-out crowds packed the Chicago Bears stadium to see their beloved country-men and women play rugby.

Team members from Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United States all attended Tuesday’s announcement and answered questions on their anticipation of the event.


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Special tradition in a special lacrosse rivalry

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Every rivalry has it’s own pageantry and traditions that make it unique. The rivalry between New Trier High School and Loyola Academy has less to do with disdain and more to do with distance. The schools are less than a mile apart.

Their proximity carries onto the field.

The two high schools have the best lacrosse programs in the state of Illinois and they usual face each other in the state championship every year.

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Preview: Illinois’ best high school lacrosse match up

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Two of the best high school lacrosse programs in the state of Illinois will face-off for the first time this season.

These two schools have a rivalry that has consequences for the outcome of their games; usually the winner is the state champion.

Loyola Academy High School is hosting its rival New Trier High School Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in Wilmette, IL

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