Chicago food influencers offer their top recommendations


By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports From deep-dish pizza to Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago is a food lover’s dream. Approximately 280 of the 7,300 restaurants in the city closed in the last three months of 2021 alone, according to data from the food and beverage analytics firm Datassential. COVID-19 and restaurant restrictions took a serious toll […]

Lakeview coffee shop combines lost loves, lattes with specialty menu

By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports The Coffee & Tea Exchange featured a special latte menu in February in honor of Valentine’s Day. The “Thank You, Next” menu commemorated seven celebrity break-ups by creating corresponding coffee drinks. The celebrity couples featured spanned the decades, from the Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber split in 2018 to Brad […]

Railway might not be solution to SoFi’s accessibility issues

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By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — There is a state-of-the-art stadium in Inglewood and another new arena on the way, but the means of getting to them lags behind the times. During the four years of construction required to build SoFi Stadium, home to two NFL teams and the site of Super Bowl […]

‘Detroit Rams’ give Lions fans their Super Bowl moment


By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams are not the only two teams in the Super Bowl LVI discussion, with the “Detroit Rams” also in the mix. A fictional franchise rooted in Detroit’s connection to Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was selected by the Lions […]

‘Chicago donut queen’ Katie Reilly brings top confections to TikTok fans

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By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports Meet Katie Reilly: a Chicago- based content creator who documents on TikTok everything from her grocery hauls to her quest to find the best donut in Chicago. The passion project began when she was looking for a way to fill her time during quarantine in 2020 and evolved into her […]

Kong Dog makes its mark on Chicago after making waves online


By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports  Trends come and go on TikTok. But one that sticks is the Korean corn dog, with Kong Dog’s new Little Italy location bringing the fad food rage from New York and Los Angeles to Chicago. The location at 1424 W. Taylor St. opened in December, Kong Dog’s second venue in […]

Oak Park comes together to honor hometown ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White


By Jackie Walsh Medill Reports Although Betty White was considered a national treasure loved by all, she holds a special place in the hearts of Oak Park residents. The community gathered on Jan. 15 to celebrate White’s centennial birthday and life in the town where she was born. The event had been on the village’s […]