Sí, Yo Soy Afro: What it’s like to be Black in Argentina

By Sidnee King & Beth Stewart Medill Reports BUENOS AIRES — The myth that there are no Black people in Argentina is pervasive. Walking the streets of the nation’s cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, you’ll likely find European influenced food, style, and architecture, all of it among mostly white faces.  Today, the city’s population is less […]

Black Creativity exhibit links Chicago students with innovative careers

By Sidnee King Medill Reports The Museum of Science and Industry wrapped up its celebration of black history month with a Career Showcase highlighting black innovators and entrepreneurs across Chicagoland. The showcase for the museum’s 50th Annual Black Creativity Exhibit has evolved as a tribute to the culture, heritage and contributions of African Americans in […]

Ukrainians in Chicago vote in presidential election where comedian secures landslide victory

By Andrew Sweeney Medill Reports Ukrainians in Chicago cast their ballots on Sunday in the final round of the Ukrainian presidential election pitting incumbent president and oligarch Petro Poroshenko against comedian Voldomomyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy triumphed in a landslide win of 72.3 percent and has pledged to continue Ukraine’s movement towards Europe after the 2014 Ukrainian […]

Illinois vape shops prepare for statewide increase in smoking age

Shawn Sahlberg of Vapors Unlimited in Lyle, Ill.

By Andrew Sweeney Medill Reports A statewide ban on sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes to those under 21 years of age will go into effect in Illinois on July 1st of this year. The City of Chicago enacted a similar ban in 2016, which led to a 36% drop in smoking among 18-to-20-year-olds, according to […]

Decline of baseball in the african-american community

By Brianna Williams Medill Reports The number of African-Americans in the MLB has declined throughout the years, and there are a number of factors to blame. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Brianna Williams talks to players – past and present- to find out what is behind the trend. Photo at top: (Ozzie Smith, MLB […]

From solar to backyard birds – Find eco-friendly solutions at Going Green Matters

Going Green Maters

By Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Going Green Matters, will feature more than 100 eco-friendly vendors this Sunday, offering everything from solar power to pedal power. Wilmette’s annual environmental fair has been showcasing clean energy solutions and technologies to Chicago area residents for 12 years. The fair, co-sponsored by Go Green Wilmette and the Village of Wilmette, opens […]

People and pets find the right match 94 floors over Chicago

Tourist cuddling a dog

By Athena Liu Medill Reports People came to find some love at the top of Chicago  – or close to it. A Chicago animal rescue organization made the matches, bringing dogs in need of adoption to 360 Chicago where the pups won hearts and people learned about responsible pet care. Alive Rescue, a local non-profit organization, […]

South Siders divided over the Obama Presidential Center

By DeForest Mapp Medill Reports Transportation, parking and the use of Jackson Park for the  Obama Presidential Center are dividing area residents as plans and community feedback continue to pour in. The Chicago Park District is setting the date for the next public meeting for the Obama Presidential Center as well as the Tiger Woods-designed  golf course that would refurbish […]

Chicago’s Working Bikes empowers riders across the globe

Working Bikes Winter Workshop

By Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Traffic along  Western Avenue south of the Loop is often congested. Yet a reprieve from the pandemonium of horns and speeding cars can be found at the corner of Western Avenue and 24th Place, amid a dense forest of refurbished bicycles, at Working Bikes bike shop.  Working Bikes is more […]