World’s first ‘nerd circus’ originates in Chicago

By Alissa Anderegg Chicago’s Acrobatica Infiniti Circus is the world’s first self-proclaimed “nerd circus.” Each month they perform a new show at Uptown Underground in Uptown. Photo at top: Ashley Sylvester, a performer with Acrobatica Infiniti Circus, shows off her hula hoop skills as part of the show. (Alissa Anderegg/MEDILL)

Local churches bring some glitter to Ash Wednesday

By Alissa Anderegg While Ash Wednesday has been practiced for centuries, a new national movement, Glitter Ash Wednesday, is making it more colorful in support of LGBTQ communities. Two local churches, Unity Lutheran Church in Edgewater and Berry United Methodist Church in Lincoln Square, are participating by providing ashes mixed with makeup-grade purple glitter at … Continue reading Local churches bring some glitter to Ash Wednesday

New Amphibians exhibit at Shedd Aquarium highlights conservation

By Elise Steinberger Standing in the shower, watching soap suds disappear down the drain as you shampoo your hair, your mind wanders through your to-do list. You’re probably not giving those shampoo bubbles at your feet a second thought. The mudpuppy wishes you would. This Great Lakes salamander is just one of the many amphibian … Continue reading New Amphibians exhibit at Shedd Aquarium highlights conservation