Tokyo real estate prices rise ahead of 2020 Olympics

By Zhu Zhu Since Tokyo was selected as the host city of the 2020 Olympics Games more than three years ago, home prices in the city have been increasing.  Whether those increases will continue is an open question. Residential property and condo prices in Tokyo have risen—16 percent and 27 percent respectively—since Sept. 2013, when […]

Potential NEA cuts impact Chicago arts organizations

By Emilie Syberg “If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?” Abby Harris-Ridker, a book club leader for Literature for All of Us, posed that question to a small group of high school students at their weekly Tuesday meeting at an alternative school in Humboldt Park. The book club members—all […]

For February golfers, Chicago weather ‘on par’ with San Diego

From left: Trish Organ, Leslie Rachlin and Nancy Liljedahl get ready to tee off

By Elan Kane When Chris Novak moved to Chicago from San Diego last June, the last thing he expected was to be playing golf here in February. But there he was Wednesday, getting ready to tee it up at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. “I didn’t think I was going to make it out at least […]

The rise of analytics in high school basketball

By Eric Burgher Wearing a gold jersey and gold shorts, Nojel Eastern stood out at a recent Evanston High School basketball practice. And not just because the senior and future Purdue Boilermaker is an ESPN Top 100 recruit. While the rest of the team was dressed in the Wildkits’ black and orange practice uniforms, Eastern […]

Corporate tax cut would hit financing of low-income housing

Emerson Square

By Mindy Tan As the price of low-income housing tax credits, or LIHTC, comes under pressure, market watchers fret over the future of these housing projects. “It’s a real problem and it’s significant enough of a problem that people are trying to figure out different ways to accommodate and plan and prepare,” said Kevin Jackson, […]

Northwestern football springs into 2017 season

By Katy Winge The Northwestern Football team felt a warm welcome to the 2017 season. The first spring practice was held outdoors in the 60 degree temperatures on February 21. [vimeo 205249063]

The stories behind the scenes: racism and sexism in Chicago theater

Gender Breakdown

By Ritu Prasad When I flip through my old journals, where I first began experimenting with storytelling, none of my characters look like me. Even as I can hear myself in their voices, I can see my insecurities in their descriptions: blue eyes, the opposite of mine; blonde hair, the opposite of mine; pale skin […]

Millennials contribute to Chicago’s climb as a bike-friendly city

By Haley Velasco Molly Russell, 26 years old, who is new to Chicago, rides her bike from Lakeview down Lake Shore Drive to get downtown for school. “I can just hop downtown with a really easy ride. No stress,” Russell said. “I’m really impressed by the transportation around Chicago. … It has not been quite […]