VIDEO: Socializing rejuvenates local seniors

By Meg Rauch Of the ten most popular charities in the U.S., according to Charity Navigator, six deliver assistance to children or impoverished people, two provide medical or disaster relief services and two are devoted to protecting wildlife and the environment. None of these organizations is directly associated with helping the elderly, who now comprise […]

Park projects highlight inequality

By Meg Rauch Urbs in horto… Latin for “City in a Garden” has been Chicago’s motto for almost 200 years. The city recently added Maggie Daley Park in the Loop to its more than 8100 acres of parkland, and many hope the Obama Presidential Library will soon become another crown jewel in the city park […]

Restaurant week offerings limited to affluent neighborhoods

By Meg Rauch This year’s Restaurant Week in Chicago features over 250 restaurants, but nearly all of them are in the city’s more affluent neighborhoods on the North Side. But some restaurants, like Pilsen’s Nightwood, are hoping to bring more diners to the city’s South Side and change where Chicagoans choose to eat.

NFL player brings mental health services to youth

By Meg Rauch   Awareness and treatment for mental health issues can be an unpopular subject among youth.  Chicago Bears player Brandon Marshall is looking to help young people in Chicago cope with these problems by sharing his own struggle with borderline personality disorder.

VIDEO: Challenges persist for women entrepreneurs

By Meg Rauch Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed an executive order to improve business opportunities for women and minorities. And President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation for women to receive equal pay in the workplace. These actions aim to help women entrepreneurs to overcome many of the challenges they face today. A […]

VIDEO: Watch party discusses State of the Union address

By Meg Rauch A small crowd gathered at Bridgeport’s Unity Center for a viewing party for President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Guests at the event describe what they want to see from Washington in the next two years. 

VIDEO: New grant aims to increase pre-k enrollment

By Meg Rauch Ninety percent of a child’s brain development has already taken place by the age of five. That’s why preschool is so important for a child’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. A new grant aims to expand early childhood education in Chicago.