Forgotten Sanctuaries: Urban Exploring in Chicagoland


By Leta Dickinson Medill Reports As waves of gentrification sweep across Chicago neighborhoods like Pilsen and West Loop, in many other neighborhoods, decrepit structures stand guard against the burgeoning development—long forgotten abandoned buildings. That is, forgotten by most. These vacant factories, cathedrals, warehouses, schools, homes and more become the go-to destinations for the local urban […]

Research, interviewing process differs across regional banks for Fed’s Beige Book

The Beige Book, a publication of the Federal Reserve

By Sarah Foster Medill Reports The Beige Book’s research process isn’t exactly black and white. Each of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks has a different method for reporting and writing its section. Some economists make in-person visits to local companies throughout their region. Others distribute digital surveys to area contacts or host roundtable discussions. […]

Become a Lego architect at Brick-by-Brick exhibition

By Catherine Chen The Brick-by-Brick exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry features more than a dozen giant, Lego-built engineering marvels and provides a stage for children to explore science and architecture. The Legos create a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Hoover Dam, the Colosseum […]

VIDEO: Chicago’s only indoor ice rink gets flood of skaters

McFetridge Ice rink

By Lukas Voss The Chicago Park District has nine ice rinks, only one of them is indoors. McFetridge is  part of one of the oldest park areas in the city, originally established in 1920s. The rink has been around since the 1970s and is one of Chicago’s favorite hockey spots. Ice time quickly fills up […]