WATCH: What’s brewing? Chicago, suburbs get dose of Yemeni coffee shops

Adeni chai

By Sidra Dahhan Medill Reports Yemeni coffee shops, like Qahwah House in Lombard and Haraz Coffee House in Orland Park, have surged in popularity in the past couple of years — especially among young Muslims in America. It’s not just a Chicago phenomenon, it’s happening nationwide. Americans are being introduced to food culture in Yemen, […]

WATCH: Natural hair in New Orleans: What’s next?

Natural Hair: New Orleans

By Elizabeth Vanderau and Winnie Hsu Medill Reports It is difficult to find an affordable natural hair stylist in New Orleans. While nearly 60% of New Orleanians are Black, very few salons in the city exclusively cater to women with natural hair. Those that do are often unaffordable or do not offer a full menu […]

WATCH: Pilsen activist uses fitness, political education to combat life expectancy gap

Tanya Lozano leads political education event

By Chantel Ropp Medill Reports According to an analysis of the largest 500 U.S. cities by NYU School of Medicine, Chicago is the city with the largest life expectancy gap amongst low income and affluent communities in the country. One nonprofit organization in the Pilsen neighborhood is tackling these inequities through fitness, political education and […]

Live from Chicago, it’s the return of comedy clubs

By MacKenzie Coffman Medill Reports Comedic relief was in high demand as we slipped into the pandemic almost two years ago. More than ever, we needed to feel unrestrained laughter — the kind that makes you wipe away stray tears and clutch your stomach as your abs strain. Instead of seeing live standup or improv, […]

Surviving in a digital-first world: The unexpected tenacity of analog games

By MacKenzie Coffman Medill Reports What do you think of when you imagine analog games? Maybe it’s Monopoly, Dungeons and Dragons or just a deck of cards. Our schema for each of these games may vary vastly; tabletop games can be family fun or a highly competitive livelihood for professionals.  No matter what your game […]

Andersonville businesses host socially distanced performance art

'Window Plays' by Stop Motion Plant theatre group

By Amelia Burns Medill Reports In 2021, live performances are rare in the city of Chicago, but a local theatre group is proving that in-person community art doesn’t have to be unsafe. Stop Motion Plant is an ensemble group that recently held a series of socially-distanced performances in Andersonville entitled, “Window Plays.” Amelia Burns is […]

‘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 […]

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, […]

City Pop and the rise of Internet Music

DJVIEGAS - MEDILL NEWSMAKERS - CITY POP Feature

By Daniel Viegas Medill Reports Music is never something created within a vacuum. Time and place are the cornerstones for the very essence of a musical genre. These, along with culture, identity, politics and society all formulate trends within the musical space. Yet, the world no longer quite holds the same boundaries it once did. […]