General Interest

VIDEO: UberEATS launches in the Loop

By Abigail Hodgson

Foodies in Chicago don’t have to fret.

Powered by the same mobile app people request ride-shares from, Uber launched its lunch-delivery service Tuesday in Chicago and New York.

For a flat $3 delivery fee, Uber will arrive curbside with your meal in 10 minutes or less.

The app will offer two dishes from local restaurants on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu for the week is posted online. Options will range from $9 to $13 every day and won’t have a surge charge that consumers usually see during high-demand hours.

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Young musicians compose their dreams amid changing classical music scene

By Siyuan Du

After practicing with his cello for almost six hours alone in the small rehearsal room, Michael van der Sloot picked up the bow to play music he composed himself. No matter what happens, he disciplines himself to spend at least four hours every day with his cello.

“I mean it really is my life,” said van der Sloot, a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. “I met my girlfriend through music. My entire family is musical and it’s want I want to do for a career.” Continue reading

Midwest manufacturing must move away from Rust Belt reputation, experts warn

By Meredith Wilson

While manufacturing in the Midwest isn’t going to disappear, a recovery of the industry won’t happen without innovation, according to business leaders and experts speaking at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference Friday.

Rust Belt manufacturing, which has been declining sharply since the 1980s, is beginning to show signs of growth, said Erica Groshen, commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After hitting a low point during the Great Recession, manufacturing jobs in the Midwest have mirrored or exceeded the overall recovery across the country, she said.
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American malls aren’t dying, but they are tracking your data

By Taylor Hall, video by Siyuan Du

Retail industry experts say e-commerce won’t be the death of America’s malls, but the digital evolution will be key in ensuring success for the future.

Initial fears over the threat of e-commerce to the shopping mall industry have waned, but with Amazon’s stock up 14 percent after the company reported better-than-expected earnings Thursday, brick-and-mortar retailers are still facing hurdles in integrating e-commerce into their businesses.
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VIDEO: Young Faces Sparkle at Naperville Lantern Festival Show

By Yining Zhou

The Xilin Association, a Naperville-based non-profit foundation dedicated to sharing Asian cultures, held its 10th annual Lantern Festival Show Sunday evening at Compass Auditorium at Naperville.

Dancers, singers and musicians expressed the beauty and vitality of the East using the language of art and dance in the show. But the stage did not only belong to professional performers. Young faces also sparkled on the big stage.

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VIDEO: Medillcast

Produced by Julie Woon

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. J’nelle Agee and Courtney Dillard bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a look at the new partnership between American Airlines and the Cubs, Illinois House of Representatives Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie’s award from the ACLU , funeral arrangements for the late Cardinal Francis George and we speak to two NFL hopefuls about their opinions on the draft coming to Chicago. Continue reading

Trash mountain highlights recycling and waste for NU’s Earth Day festivities

By Jia You

A gray and chilly April morning didn’t deter Lizzy Conger from waving and shouting “Recycle!” to the passers-by,  costumed in her suit made of hundreds of plastic bags. She revved up the recycling mantra for Earth Day at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus on Wednesday. Behind Conger loomed a pyramid of white plastic bags filled with used cardboards, half-eaten pizza and all the junk a campus collects every day.
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