Chicago Marathon champion outruns cancer

Serena Burla crossing the finish line at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, 2016.

By Siyan (Jen) Huang Cancer, a relentless killer,  gave hope to Serena Burla. Her cancer in her right hamstring brought her the courage and strength to run marathons. Burla, 34,  was the first American woman to cross the finish line in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9. With an overall rank of […]

Acclaimed artist combats violence with innovative graphic design

Rick Valicenti Patriot Table

By Grant Rindner The air of protest is undeniable in Rick Valicenti’s newly opened (maybe) This Time exhibit at Loyola University’s Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, on view through Nov. 26. But the veteran graphic designer and current Loyola Artist in Residence uses his collection to do much more than revisit the same statistics and […]

Transgender rights activists claim safe spaces

Protestors block the intersection of Halsted and Belmont demanding justice for black trans lives on October 5

By Jordan Gaines Like many transgender women across the nation, T.T. Saffore found no safety in law enforcement, and threats of violence were a normal part of life. When the 27-year-old hairstylist was found murdered Sept. 11 in Garfield Park, she had not shared a recent threat to her life by another transgender woman three […]

Chicago women call foul on Trump’s ‘Grab ’em’ comments at #GOPHandsOffMe protest

Shanna Shrum rallies crowd

By Anna Foley and Teresa Manring Women activists in Chicago want Republicans to take their hands off them–quite literally. Nearly 200 of them chanted their outrage early Tuesday morning outside Trump Tower as part of a national movement: #GOPHandsOffMe. “The Republican party right now has just kind of gotten so far off. They have absolutely […]

Chicago charter school teachers could make history with first-ever strike

Photo at top: United Educators at Uno, picketing outside the charter management offices in the Loop, say they may walk out of the classroom as early as Wednesday. (Meredith Francis/MEDILL)

By Meredith Francis For the first time in U.S. history, charter school teachers could strike. Though the Chicago Teachers Union narrowly avoided a strike last week, over 500 teachers from the Uno Charter School Network still threaten to walk out of the classroom as early as Wednesday if a contract deal is not reached by […]

Carving out space for funny girls in Wicker Park


By Carolyn Cakir Chicago is a mecca for comedy lovers and comedians.  But many female comedians lament the fact that comedy is still very much a boys club, and they  face gender discrimination at traditional open mic nights across the city. Comedian Elyse Nylin decided to fight against that and created a females-only open mic […]