Medill Newsmakers: How Chicago’s music scene survived the pandemic

By Casey Drottar Medill Reports Medill Newsmakers is a series of broadcasts dedicated to taking an in-depth look at a single topic. Each broadcast features the newsmakers in Chicago and elsewhere who are at the forefront of these issues. Casey Drottar is a sports reporter at Medill. You can follow him on Twitter at @CDrottar19.

This year, the Kernels represent more than just baseball in Cedar Rapids

By Casey Drottar Medill Reports Even two weeks ahead of opening day, Andrea Brommelkamp had no trouble predicting what the return of Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball would look like. The team’s senior director of tickets and group sales knew how important the long-awaited moment would be for everyone, from the stands to the front office. […]

Cedar Rapids Kernels back in business

By Casey Drottar Medill Reports For a little more than 1,700 fans in attendance, the Cedar Rapids Kernels season opener represented the much-needed return of minor league baseball and a sense of normalcy. For members of the team’s front office, it was a culmination of one of the most stressful months of their lives. “Over […]

Bars, restaurants near Principal Park relieved to have Iowa Cubs baseball again

By Casey Drottar Medill Reports As locals embrace the long-awaited return of Iowa Cubs baseball, so, too, are the bars and restaurants surrounding Principal Park. Many of them spent last summer deprived of the fan revenue they typically depend on, which made an already arduous 2020 even more difficult. “It was pretty tough,” said Zack […]