Plastic bags — the stuff that dreams are made of

By Xiao Lyu & Qingwei Chen Mary Moy, vice president of New Life for Old Bags (NLOB), has crocheted 52 sleeping mats in the last 5 years ago. But the mats are not made of yarn, they’re made from discarded plastic shopping bags. The process not only recycles the bags, but gives them new life: as sleeping mats for the homeless. Every […]

Chinese New Year celebrations aren’t over yet

By Qingwei Vivian Chen Cooperating with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism department, more than 15 partners are ready to help residents and visitors celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicago. The city’s 10-day festival runs through Feb. 22. “We are working to make sure that the citywide celebration becomes a much larger, broader program with […]

LongYun Kung Fu troupe is here in time to celebrate Chinese New Year

By Qingwei Vivian Chen Jackie Chan’s LongYun Kung Fu Troupe came to Chicago to usher in the year of the monkey with modern dance that draws on the traditions of Kung Fu, ballet and drama. This is the troupe’s second performance in North America and their first time in the Midwest. LongYun Kung Fu Troupe […]

Jingle all the way home: Holiday Train turns 24

By Qingwei Vivian Chen Large crowds were waiting at stations for the CTA holiday train. Chicagoans are giving a warm welcome to their 24-year-old holiday train tradition. “This is my first time getting on a holiday train, I have lived in the city for a number of years, but I have never been on a […]