Preservation Chicago rallies to save historic buildings

Seb Peltekian Medill Reports In February, non-profit Preservation Chicago announced their annual “7 Most Endangered” list. All seven locations on the list–historically or architecturally-notable buildings and parks throughout the city–are threatened with demolition. Follow the StoryMap to find these endangered sites, read more about their history, learn about the threats they face and see what […]

Caribbean-poet Christian Campbell addresses climate change, colonialism through his art

Poet Christian Campbell

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports “My friend from Guyana was asked in Philadelphia if she was from ‘Iguana.’” Caribbean poet Christian Campbell read the lines to the audience of about 100 people. The audience, including many college students, chuckled at this clever word play and the absurd misunderstanding presented in the poem. Campbell’s poetry captures […]

‘Both Eagle and Serpent’ mixed media exhibit explores themes of cultural identity

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports Luis Sahagun’s art exhibit “Both Eagle and Serpent” evokes the Mexican flag, which features an eagle holding a snake in its talons, as well as how Latin American immigrants arrive in the United States — by air or by land. Sahagun’s artwork includes sculptures, paintings and installations to  explore cultural […]

Chicago ranked most welcoming city to immigrants, despite hurdles

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports Chicago is the most welcoming city for immigrants in the country, according to the latest Cities Index of the New American Economy,  an immigration advocacy and reform organization. “Chicago has a very pro-immigrant posture, which no doubt is to the benefit of the people we serve. Our local and state […]

Audio preservation recovers old classics in the heart of Chicago

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports When Joe Tessone first opened the Mystery Street Recording Company in Lakeview in 2007, he envisioned a typical studio where bands would record music. But now, the nondescript building at 2827 N. Lincoln Ave. houses one of the nation’s premiere facilities for audio preservation and restoration, a place recommended by […]

No clear home for Yang Gang

Andrew Yang sticker

Seb Peltekian Medill Reports CHARLESTON, S.C. — Venture capitalist Andrew Yang announced the end of his run for the Democratic presidential nomination after mustering minimal support in the first two contests of the year, Iowa and New Hampshire. So where will his supporters, affectionately known as the Yang Gang, turn? “My heart’s broken but I’m […]

Trump comments threaten cultural destruction, says top archaeologists

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports In a series of tweets posted on Jan. 4, President Donald Trump threatened to destroy 52 Iranian sites if “Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets.” The tweet stated that the sites “could be important to Iran & the Iranian culture.” The Iranian regime “is allowed to kill our people, […]