Jewish community leaders say Devon Avenue is ‘dormant,’ not ‘dead’

Devon Avenue

By Nicole Cardos Business owner Avrom Fox said his religious bookstore Rosenblums World of Judaica is a social gathering spot. “We have everything that one needs to celebrate the entire Jewish life cycle, from birth to death and all the holidays in between,” Fox said, adding that there are also books for those interested in […]

Fed raises interest rates as expected

By Yingcong (June) Fu The Federal Reserve’s policy makers raised the federal funds rates rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday as expected, following their two-day meeting. The federal funds rate–the rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans–was increased to a range of 0.75 percent to 1 percent. It was the third quarter-point […]

Evanston’s European style bakery attracts customers for decades

By Yingcong (June) Fu Noah Plotkim, a resident of Evanston, has been coming to Bennison’s Bakery twice a month for ten years to buy his favorite donuts. “I think it’s the best bakery in Evanston for sweets,” Plotkim said. Bennison’s Bakery, located at 1000 Davis St. in Evanston, has been there since 1938. With an […]

Respect brings home care to the 21st century

By Rachel Newman Ross Kimbarovsky’s elderly grandfather was living independently in his Chicago home when he developed a rare form of cancer. Kimbarovsky and his mother were his grandfather’s primary caretakers, but as his condition worsened, it was clear that they couldn’t do it alone. Their hope quickly turned to frustration when they turned to […]

Business inventories rise in January, signaling economic growth

By Katherine Hyunjung Lee Business inventories for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in January increased a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent, after a 0.4 percent rise in December, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Auto inventories posted the sharpest rise — up a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent. Economists said a broad increase in […]

Explosive Ulta Beauty will open 100 more stores

By Beixi Xu Gina Torres, a Chicagoan who works in Home Depot, just finished shopping in Ulta Beauty’s North Avenue store.​ “I am a fan of the store, and I get my cosmetics here, today I got my new eyeliner,” said Torres. “I live not far from here, only three to five miles. I usually […]

What cookies can mean for an Iranian single mom

Marzie bakes cookies to sells in Iranian new year (Nowruz) market (Fatemeh Jamalpour/Medill)

By Fatemeh Jamalpour Marizie Sobhani is an Iranian single mom. She has been living in the U.S. for three decades. Marzie has been working as a professional baker and cook since she got divorced in 2008. Working hard in her small kitchen in a Chicago suburb helps provide a bright future for her three children. […]

Syrian Community Network welcomes refugees to Chicago with job fair

About 200 unemployed Syrian refugees participate in the job fair’s workshops to learn about American professional values and practice interview techniques on March 4(Fatemeh Jamalpour/MEDILL)

By Fatemeh Jamalpour On a sunny Friday afternoon in early March at the Universal School in Bridgeview, 200 unemployed Syrian refugees attend a job fair, hoping to find opportunity. “The refugees have a difficult time finding work, so we do our best to connect them to jobs here in Chicago,” said Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and executive director of […]

Retail Sales Hurt By Income Tax Refund Delays

By Urvashi Verma Sales at U.S. retail and food stores rose 0.1 percent in February, due in part to income tax refund delays that caused a slight consumer pullback, economists said. The seasonally adjusted sales of retail and food services increased 0.1 percent in February to $474 billion, compared with January’s upwardly revised gain of […]

Will Chris Collins remain at Northwestern for the long haul?

Northwestern basketball head coach Chris Collins answers questions at team press conference in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

By Mark Singer Even if this season ends in Salt Lake City Thursday, Chris Collins has firmly cemented his legacy as the greatest basketball coach in Northwestern history. Now the question for Collins is, does he want to add to his legacy in Evanston or somewhere else? Judging by his comments on Selection Sunday, Collins […]