Cutting calories requires some research, says experts

By Kayla McDermott Medill Reports Warm weather is right around the corner and now that it looks as though we may have a normal summer with the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed people are trying to rapidly lose weight in preparation. Many hear that they should cut their calories but not everyone knows what that means, […]

Artist explains how to paint away quarantine blues

By Sophie Kim Medill Reports If you’re searching for an artistic way to beat quarantine boredom, look no further. Grab some paper, paint and brushes, the only tools you need to transform a photograph into a 3D sculpture. Sophie Kim is a video reporter at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @ellveress.

Field Museum showcases health benefits of Chicago gardens

By Shivani Majmudar Medill Reports Among skyscrapers and industry, another landscape designs Chicago’s urban footprint: community gardens. Tucked away in many of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, each holds its own cultural significance. Plants offer immigrants and refugees a way to maintain their cultural identity through familiar culinary and medicinal practices. Meet the people cultivating gardens and […]

CPS teachers fought for access to COVID vaccines. Now, they might become mandatory.


Christopher Vazquez Medill Reports With Chicago Public Schools teachers returning to in-person learning, the school district is now trying to keep track of who’s received a COVID-19 vaccine and — in some cases — require district employees to get vaccinated. But some teachers are concerned over how the district is approaching this. Christopher Vazquez is […]

Illinois coalition fights utility shutoffs during pandemic

No Ameren Shutoffs

By Yuhan Ma Medill Reports Utilities have become more essential than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are spending more time at home and need more electricity, gas and water. However, paying for utilities can be a struggle, especially for those who have lost jobs due to the pandemic. Hear from community members and organization […]