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 […]

D.J.’s bike doctor will close after seven years in Hyde Park

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu David Jones, the owner of D.J.’s Bike Doctor won’t be practicing his craft much longer, he is going to close his bike store in the fall after seven years in Hyde Park.​ After working on bikes in this community for 40 years, Jones has decided to leave the city and move to […]

Chicago’s new Riverwalk hopes to entice more tourists

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu ​ Tomorrow is the official opening of Chicago’s Riverwalk summer activites, many free events are open to public from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. The new Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile promenade through the whole city from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street along the south bank of the Chicago river. It is […]

Pilsen store uses new media to sell vintage items

By Beixi Xu With more than 400 thrift stores in Chicago, some owners are trying new methods to reach an audience and break free from the pack. ​​Pilsen Vintage and Thrift is the largest store of its kind in the Pilsen community. Two years ago, the owner began to use social media and now has over 2,000 followers […]

Chicago Mosaic School pieces together art and students

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu and Wenjing Yang ​ The Chicago Mosaic School is the first non-profit mosaic arts school in the U.S. CMS gives artists, teachers and students a place to explore all facets of the craft. The school has graduated more than 3,000 students and lets participants collaborate and create sustainable Mosaic Art for public […]

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)​

Gasoline prices expected to keep rising this summer

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu ​ According to a recent AAA survey, the national average gas price will go up 40 cents per gallon this summer, peaking near $2.70. In Chicago, analysts expect prices to rise even more, surpassing $3 per gallon. Drivers in downtown Chicago are noticing the rising price of gasoline, but aren’t overly concerned […]

Explosive Ulta Beauty will open 100 more stores

By Beixi Xu Gina Torres, a Chicagoan who works in Home Depot, just finished shopping in Ulta Beauty’s North Avenue store.​ “I am a fan of the store, and I get my cosmetics here, today I got my new eyeliner,” said Torres. “I live not far from here, only three to five miles. I usually […]

Chinese entrepreneurs still find success in Chicago

By Beixi (Bessie) Xu In Chicago there’s a Chinese online food ordering platform that became known for its modest $1 delivery fee. All the co-founders and employees are Chinese, it delivers meals of 26 Asian restaurants, mostly in Chinatown, and after just two years, it already has 12,000 users, 90 percent of them Chinese. This […]