Student researchers move step by step to prepare for NASA launch

By Lily Williams A combined team of undergraduates at Northwestern University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working together to build a satellite and instruments to test the fabrication of building materials in space. The NASA mission is due to launch into orbit in the summer of 2018. It has two parts: a box-like satellite called a CubeSat (UIUC’s […]

Mole brings Pilsen community together

By Alissa Anderegg At the annual Mole de Mayo Festival, thousands of hungry Chicagoans come to explore the authentic Mexican flavors of the Pilsen neighborhood. This year’s festival marks the eighth anniversary of the event, where locals and visitors come to taste some of the best mole dishes in Chicago. Each year Mole de Mayo […]

Chicago Youth Stands Against Gun Violence


By Lauren Baker For the past five years, Chicago has been painted as a war zone where gun violence has taken over the city. Friends and family members have lost loved ones to the epidemic of gun violence. A local west side high school sees the impact that gun violence has had on its community […]

Video: Chicago co-ops gain momentum as sustainability, locavore movements grow

By Grace Austin Today’s food co-ops in Chicago are not your hippie commune cooperatives of the 1960s and 1970s. They are for-profit businesses that are focused on local, healthy and sustainable produce and goods. But they are keeping the democratic nature of a traditional co-op as well as the emphasis on community engagement and philanthropy […]

Gig Economy Meets Chorerelief App To Connect With Customers

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu Chorerelief is a Chicago based company that connects customers and workers who do chores and small projects such as cleaning and handy work around the home. It now serves more than 17 hundred users across the country, and most of its customers are in the Chicago and New York City areas. Customers […]

Bombobar uses social media to attract customers

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu ​ ​ Bombobar is a walkby window in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood. It serves customers doughnuts, coffee, gelato and more. Bombobar is active on all social media platforms. It has 23,000 followers on Instagram, 17,425 followers on Facebook and 2,129 followers on Twitter. Vivid photographs attract customers from all […]

Evanston High School Student fosters entrepreneurial spirit with ChoreBug


By Mike Davis Avante Price smiles when classmates call him “ChoreBug.” Being a 16-year-old with his very own business, Price understands the importance of self-promotion. The Evanston High School junior and founder of ChoreBug, a service that takes odd jobs off the to-do list, grew from a small landscaping business. Now, Price has 25 contracted […]

Street performer brings music, joy to Lincoln Park

By Xufei Geng Families and children at the Lincoln Park Zoo are greeted daily by a street musician who sings, plays the guitar, and shares small children’s instruments so that her young audience can participate in the music. Nancy Namest began performing in Lincoln Park following the death of her long-time partner, and says the […]

Chicago Math and Science Academy robotics team wins big

Robotitan member Roshaan Sidiqui adjusts the team's award winning robot. The robotitans are Chciago Math and Science Academy's high school robotics team. (Stephanie Rothman/MEDILL)

By Stephanie Rothman The Chicago Math and Science Academy’s robotics team, the Robotitans, won a prestigious national award at a competition in St. Louis that attracted some 15,000 high school students. Roshaan Sidiqui, 17, won the Dean’s List award, named after the founder of the engineering nonprofit “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” […]