Into the lives of Chicago’s modern magicians

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By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports During the pandemic, magician Jeanette Andrews is casting a few spells through a toll-free, magic telephone line. Shelter-in-place callers hear a voice give instructions and choices on the other line, resulting in what seems like a real trick. “The ongoing faith in me and my work is one of the […]

Patrick Brower builds a community around comics

Inside Challengers Comics and Conversation

By Alyk Russell Kenlan Medill Reports Two sleeves of superhero tattoos make Patrick Brower, 51, look like a comic book. Twelve years ago, he and co-owner Dal Bush, 41, opened Challengers Comics and Conversation in Bucktown. Then last November, they opened a second store in River North. They also curate a selection for Chicago Board […]

COVID-19: Stories from across America

By Allegra Zamore Medill Reports In this April 19-25 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting Americans across the country in politics, mental health, and the NFL draft. From Phoenix to Detroit, New England to Virginia, and everywhere in between, find out how the coronavirus […]