LGBT artist uses art to express politics, gender identity

Brad Leslie showing his art work. (Zhu Zhu/MEDILL)

By Grace Austin and Zhu Zhu Artist Brad Leslie is known for his landscape and portrait paintings. But following last November’s presidential election, his work has taken a more political turn. Leslie’s latest work, on display at the Center on Halsted in Boystown, showcases a unique point of view as a gay man and working […]

Westinghouse senior builds a bright future with a best friend

By Allie Burger Coreyoun Rushin’s got a lot going on. He is one of the top high school basketball prospects in the city. He has multiple Division I offers. And he didn’t even play his freshman year or at a local basketball powerhouse. Here’s how Rushin stuck to his promise to a best friend, in […]

Real Good Juice is enjoying really good sales

​​ By Beixi(Bessie) Xu​ In Chicago there’s a cold press juice company that is very successful. Given its growth, it is living up to its name, Real Good Juice. It’s only been open for two years, and is expanding rapidly. ​Photo at top: Organic drinks in Real Good Juice Southport store.(Beixi Xu/MEDILL)​

Pop-up venture unites local businesswomen for extended success

By Allie Burger Local businesswomen are working together under the philosophy that no one individual is stronger than the group. The Boss Babe pop-up shop at Block 37 in the Loop has given seven female entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products brick-and-mortar style under the same roof. [vimeo 214731948 w=640 h=360] Photo at top: […]

West Side showcase provides college opportunities for local basketball players

By Allie Burger and Jacob Rogers Chicago basketball guru Daniel Poneman has teamed up with NBA player Evan Turner to provide local high school and junior college basketball players a free opportunity to change their lives. The Evan Turner Prospect Showcase is a day-long event that gives 250 athletes the chance to play in front […]

Cyclists use pedal power to make a difference for the homeless

By Jiayan Jenny Shi and Xufei Geng Mas Contractor, owner of the non-profit Bike4Life bicycle shop in Logan Square, learned long ago the power of helping others. “My grandfather used to always say you need to help one person in the world,” Contractor said. “If you can help one person, then you did your deed.” Two years […]

Logan Square teens preserve their Latino culture

By Alissa Anderegg and Stephanie Rothman Logan Square is a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood that has seen thriving new businesses and rising rents. But gentrification is pushing out the Latino population that has lived there for decades. According to U.S. Census data, in the last 15 years, Logan Square has seen the most Latino displacement of […]