Ward runoff races heat up

By Steven Chambers and Meghan Tribe UPDATED: This story’s been updated to reflect late-closing polling places.   Residents in the 1st, 41st, 42nd and 46th wards will have an extra hour to cast their ballots in Chicago mayoral runoff election. A judge of elections granted a petition of the Board of Election asking for voting … Continue reading Ward runoff races heat up

Green restaurants: Serving up sustainability and savings

By Jasmine Sanborn Businesses like Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and its sister restaurant, Brobagel, serve up mainstay menus in Wicker Park as they have for 13 years. Environmental sustainability is another cornerstone built into the business model. “The main thing, we already had built in [is] we brew our own beer. There is less distribution and we … Continue reading Green restaurants: Serving up sustainability and savings

Beating the beetle: Giving ash trees a second life

By Jasmine Sanborn “Treecycling” is giving a second life to tens of millions of ash trees attacked by one small but powerful beetle. Instead of chipping fallen ash trees into mulch or chopping them into firewood, groups such as the Illinois Wood Utilization team are promoting a practical approach – “even when you can’t save … Continue reading Beating the beetle: Giving ash trees a second life