Little League title loss upsets some Chicagoans

Jackie Robinson Park

By Tim Penman Chicago residents are disturbed after the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of its U.S. title Wednesday. “An adult did something wrong,  not the kids,” said Ray Smith, 27, an audio-visual technician and South Side resident. “To take it away from the kids is absolutely wrong. They won it fair and square no […]

CDW Corp. Adjusted Quarterly Earnings Paint Positive Picture

By Bethel Habte CDW Corp., a Fortune 500 technology solutions provider, reported lower fourth quarter profit than in its year-earlier quarter. Analysts responded positively to the report, however, since the company’s adjusted numbers showed a profit increase in the same period. The market responded with a modest gain for the stock. By GAAP standards, generally […]

Criticizing College Athletes: Fair Game?

Mike Gundy

By Bennet Hayes They are, quite easily, the five most memorable words of Mike Gundy’s 10-year career as Oklahoma State head football coach. They are also one of the most direct and public condemnations of criticism directed at college athletes. [youtube]   In unleashing his now-famous “I’m a man, I’m 40” rant in October […]

VIDEO: Hackers analyze government data for civic good


By Laura Furr Open Gov Hack Night uses civic-minded data analysis, often known as hacking, for the common good. The group of some 80 Chicago coders, developers and philanthropists meets every Tuesday night at the Braintree offices in the Merchandise Mart to build systems based off public government data. These systems aim to provide innovative […]

For One National Signing Day, Beckman Earns Chicago’s Ear

Tim Beckman

By Bennet Hayes Tim Beckman and the Illinois football program are often overlooked in a Chicago market dominated by professional sports. At least for a day, Beckman changed that. The Illinois coach overshadowed the unveiling of his 25-man recruiting class on National Signing Day last week, with a bizarre attempt to enlist the state’s sports […]

E-books boost independent publishing, but aren’t about to replace print

Barnes and Noble's Nook

By Elizabeth Elving There’s something about holding a book – cracking the spine, thumbing through the pages, feeling the weight of it in one’s hands – that is essential to the act of reading itself. Or maybe there isn’t. The sale of electronic books skyrocketed after Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007. E-books went from […]

From pop-up shops to permanent storefronts

A tie bar on display in the newly permanent Lincoln Park storefront. (Mallory Hughes / Medill)

By Mallory Hughes All of those empty storefronts that plague the city of Chicago will be no more. That’s the goal at least, as pop-up shops spring up in neighborhood after neighborhood. Storefront, a San Francisco-based company that launched in Chicago in July, specializes in helping retailers, designers and artists nail down short-term leases in […]

Art by Attraction – The Andrew Bae Gallery

Painting by Leeah Joo in the Andrew Bae Gallery.

By Lee Won Park As the doors of the Andrew Bae Gallery opened, the crisp sound of bells disturbed the loud ambiance of the city outside. Located in the busy gallery district on West Superior Street, this gallery carries a surprisingly comforting vibe. A soft, yet very pervasive scent of herbal tea whirled as the […]

VIDEO: Chicago neighborhoods clean up streets after historic storm

By Rachel White Ten residents have died while shoveling snow in Cook County since the fifth largest winter storm hit Chicago on Jan. 31,  leaving 19 inches of snow across northeastern Illinois.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, nine of the ten residents who died were men.