Chicago Middle School Finds Hidden Holocaust History

8th graders in school

By Yarilet Perez History is not determined by the past, but by the decisions we make in the present that define moments in history. Eighth graders at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School have contributed over 300 articles to History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust project, a research initiative by the United States […]

Photos: Is the tattoo parlor the new barbershop?

By Grace Austin Tattoos have become near ubiquitous, with 3 in 10 Americans now having them, according to a 2015 Harris poll. As tattoos become more mainstream, so do the number of tattoo parlors and the kinds of people getting inked. Chicago’s Deluxe Tattoo has a reputation for easy rapport and detail-oriented artists, similar to […]

Swedish Bakery closes after 88 years

Swedish Bakery closes after 88 years

By Stephanie Rothman It’s a bittersweet day in Andersonville. A longtime staple in the community, the Swedish Bakery, is closing its doors after 88 years in business. It is believed to be the last Swedish Bakery in Chicago. Photo at top: A Swedish Bakery employee slices and prepares cake to be sold on the last […]

Trump’s promise unlikely to stimulate rail industry

By Yemeng Yang Does the increase of coal carloads at the beginning of 2017 have anything to do with President Donald Trump’s promise to revive the coal industry? The answer by experts is no. “Absolutely not,” said Noël Perry, principal at Transportation Economics and partner at FTR Intelligence. “He has not done anything. It’s just […]

Millennials look to traditional music to help preserve Puerto Rican culture

By Alissa Anderegg Translation of Luís Lace Melecio interview by Yarilet Perez In the beachfront Puerto Rican community of Piñones, the vibrant music of bomba fills the breezy air, as duelling drummers beat in rhythmic unison. The sounds come from Corporación Piñones Se Integra, an organization that teaches locals and tourists the art of bomba […]

Basketball builds a brotherhood

By Alan Suriel For some people basketball is just a sport to play when they’re bored. For others, basketball is a sport in which they give up everything. They give up your social life. They give up television. They give up rest and relaxation. For those people, basketball is life. Every so often, a person […]

Home builder confidence in single-family housing jumps to highest in 12 years


By Hannah Levitt Home builder confidence in single-family housing rose to the highest level since 2005, buoyed by increased confidence since the November presidential election. The Housing Market Index rose to 71 in March, jumping 9.2 percent from 65 in February and higher than the Bloomberg consensus prediction of 66, according to the National Association […]

Is it wise for youth athletes to specialize in one sport?

Specialization in Sport

By Brent Schwartz If Bo Jackson was a high school athlete today, even with his immense talent in football and baseball, odds are there would be a coach saying, “Hey Bo, you need to pick one sport.” That is what Chrishawn Cook heard as a budding athlete at Niles North. “I tried to play football […]