Chicago fights back: Guns against guns

Shooting at a gun range

By Jane Bodmer In response to the city’s violence epidemic, many Chicagoans are turning to a complicated solution: fighting guns with more guns. According to State Police, Chicagoans were issued 60 percent more gun permits in 2016 than in 2015. A total of 212,000 Chicagoans are legally licensed to own a gun, and 38,712 Firearm […]

All work, no play is no way to run a kitchen, says Wicker Park restaurant

Chefs work at Publican Anker in Wicker Park

By Jane Bodmer Chefs at Publican Anker, a saloon-style restaurant in Wicker Park, know how important it is to keep things fun. While the restaurant focuses on serving high-quality dishes made with local, sustainable, organic ingredients, each of the chefs lists the friendly kitchen environment as one of their favorite parts of working at Publican […]

Nonprofit bike collective gives back by educating cyclers

People repair a bike together

By Angel Idowu and Jane Bodmer One nonprofit bike shop is not only giving back, but also teaching members of its community to be self-sufficient cyclists. The Recyclery, a nonprofit bike shop in Rogers Park, repairs and donates used bikes to local nonprofits. It also hosts a variety of youth programs and “open shop” hours […]

Rogers Park business owners oppose proposed mini Target

Vacant lot on Sheridan Road

By Jane Bodmer A proposed seven-story apartment complex has many Rogers Park residents and business owners upset. The complex, which would be built on land owned by the Chicago Housing Authority on the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road, would include a parking garage, market-rate and affordable housing units, and a controversial mini Target department […]

Diving into Chicago’s scuba scene

Scuba diver in the Great Lakes

By Jane Bodmer You don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to find shipwrecks: Lake Michigan is full of them. In fact, one Evanston diver has made a career of teaching diving and exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Myron Siciak, 59, is the owner of Elmer’s Watersports, an Evanston-based scuba shop. He teaches scuba […]

South Africans demand justice in child rape, murder case

Protesters in Johannesburg

By Jane Bodmer South Africans gathered in front of the Alexandra Magistrate Court in Johannesburg last week to show support for the family of a two-year-old who was raped and murdered. Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) has been supporting the family since the child’s murder in September and contacted partner organizations throughout Alexandra […]

Voices of the Women’s March on Washington

Marchers in Washington dressed in “pussyhats”

By Jane Bodmer While much of America was transfixed by last weekend’s pictures of women marching and chanting for human rights across the world, if you looked closer, you saw something perhaps even more extraordinary—men, millions of them, arm in arm and demanding equality.