Supply chain pickles: An underestimated anomaly of a commodity

By Mollie Rotmensch Medill Reports Shortly after married duo Lindsay Malinowski and Bradley Treusdell bought their home in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, they gutted out the first floor and embarked on a two-year renovation. They remodeled the space into their first restaurant, The Little Pickle, which opened in 2017. The menu included soups, sandwiches, and […]

Give some plants a mortgage-free ceramics home


By Mollie Rotmensch Medill Reports Katie Lauffenburger is sculpting a new Chicago, but no moving in unless you’re a Crown Jewel shrub. This city of ceramic abodes is less than a foot tall – perfect digs for plants, the terraria will just bloom at first sight. Lauffenburger recreates every scrupulous detail of classic Chicago homes […]

80-year-old artist pivots between canvas and basketball court

Chicago North Stars

By Mollie Rotmensch Medill Reports Kathleen Eaton may live in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, but she’s all energy and depth. The professional artist sometimes paints with a twisted knee ligament and jammed fingers. She’s not accident-prone. She’s just baller. This class act puts on her knee brace and low-top Under Armour shoes for 3-on-3 half-court basketball […]