VIDEO: Get Covered Illinois lures millennials into health coverage with humor

By Melissa Schenkman The deadline for getting health insurance to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. While enrollment may not be on the radar of healthy millennials, Get Covered Illinois is educating them about the importance of having health insurance and having a little fun in the process.

South Side restaurants largely missing from Chicago Restaurant Week

While Restaurant Week originally featured restaurants in the heart of the city, the event has expanded to include the suburbs, locations at O’Hare and even Mariano’s grocery stores.

By Karin Vandraiss Restaurant Week, the annual winter event that offers Chicagoans the chance to eat at top-flight restaurants at relatively low prices, opens Jan. 30. But the imbalance between North Side (and north suburban) restaurants and South Side eateries is hard to ignore. Since its launch in 2008, Chicago Restaurant Week has grown exponentially, […]

88,500 undocumented Illinoisans benefit from license program despite kinks

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By Christine Smith Mayra Sarabia came to Chicago 23 years ago from Mexico hoping to make a better life for herself and her family. Unable to drive legally in Illinois because of her undocumented status, Sarabia jumped at the opportunity to obtain a valid license. “I know cases of people who have been deported because […]

VIDEO: Going green can help save the green in your wallet

by Grace Eleyae Making a home more energy efficient can benefit both your conscience and your check book, according to recent data released by the Illinois Association of Energy Raters. Smaller changes like replacing shower heads with their low-flow counterparts can significantly reduce monthly operating costs, and larger investments like adding solar panels can increase the value of your home up […]

VIDEO: New United Center office building means new jobs on the Near West Side

By Courtney Dillard Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a new office building for United Center employees last week. Construction of the new building will bring 300 jobs to the Near West Side. United Center officials say they are excited that they can create a better experience for fans, but they also hope to […]

VIDEO: Illinois PIRG campaigns to get McDonald’s to purchase antibiotic-free meat

By Tanni Deb Many factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics for growth production and to avoid the spread of illnesses. While this may seem to be a good idea, it can actually be dangerous for humans who eat meat raised with this drug. Illinois PIRG, a public interest research group, has started a campaign to get McDonald’s, […]

Chicagoans react to unlikely federal charges against Ferguson cop

Michelle Alexander addresses Northwestern Uni. community at keynote address.

By Dawnn Anderson In reaction to reports that authorities lack a strong case against Darren Wilson, many Chicagoans say they wouldn’t be surprised if the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer escaped civil rights charges in last summer’s shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. Despite an ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, sources say it is unlikely […]

Meredith acquires ‘Shape,’ reports second-quarter growth

By Meredith Wilson Meredith Corp. reported a 30 percent rise in profit for the second quarter compared with last-year’s quarter, due to rising advertising revenues, high-performing acquisitions and disciplined expense control, but fell short of analyst expectations.

Chicago Men Stay on Trend

Thom Browne apparel.

By Mallory Hughes Hot on the heels of the Men’s Fashion Weeks in Milan and London, Paris Fashion Week, which closed on Friday, offered one last look at luxury menswear for the upcoming Fall-Winter 2015 season. When the latest designs hit the European runway, Chicago can seem like a world away. But local men’s boutiques, […]