On the cutting edge: New Chicago hair salon gives gender norms the snip

Franky Halloran smiling in front of a colorful wall of art in her salon, WFLYH.

By Amanda Rosenberg Medill Reports Franky Halloran laughs happily to herself as she completes a four-hour coloring session with one longtime client. “Damn, dude, this looks so fucking dope!” exclaims 39-year-old Halloran, owner of We Fucking Love Your Hair salon (WFLYH for short). Her amusement and joy harmonize with the whirring of blow dryers and […]

Meet Chef Joel Reno: The pâtissier who once only needed pastry now kneads pizza

Joel Reno stands in front of a pastry case at his restaurant, Pistores Pizza & Pastry

By Amanda Rosenberg Medill Reports In 2012, chef Joel Reno received a call from the head of The French Pastry School in Chicago with an offer to teach. Years later, that job helped Reno meet his wife, receive discounted professional cooking equipment and start his first business. In late December, Reno, now 47, opened Pistores […]

Q&A with Jordan Golding: Actor, musician and housing activist

Jordan Golding Playing Percussion

By Amanda Rosenberg Medill Reports Jordan Golding, an actor in the Writers Theatre’s upcoming show, “Once,” is a housing activist by day and a thespian by night. The 30-year-old plays an emcee in the Tony Award-winning Irish musical, which began previews on Feb. 16. He also regularly stars in Chicago’s own resident “Drunk Shakespeare” show […]