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May contain: peanuts, milk, gluten: Restaurants, customers urge for education, dialogue on food allergies

May contain: peanuts, milk, gluten: Restaurants, customers urge for education, dialogue on food allergies

September 5, 2017

Twelve-year-old Cameron Rich was on vacation with his family four years ago in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but instead of enjoying the barrier islands’ open-sea beaches and shipwreck diving si...

It takes a village—How parents with mental health conditions can be successful

It takes a village—How parents with mental health conditions can be successful

May 8, 2017

When she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety with panic disorder and treatment-resistant depression at the age of 16, Melissa said having children was not something she thought she was ever go...

To cry or not to cry: Women showing emotion in workforce slowly changing gender stereotypes

To cry or not to cry: Women showing emotion in workforce slowly changing gender stereotypes

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

April 17, 2017

Emotions are part of what makes us human, and Jordyn Nevers knows they aren’t always controllable, especially at work where stress levels are high.The 27-year-old Chicago advertising art director rem...

Breaking the confined mind

Breaking the confined mind

April 10, 2017

All Eddie Willis wanted was to take a shower. It was his tenth day without being allowed one, even though inmates were supposed to take one every two days. Reaching his breaking point, Willis said he ba...

Not quite history: films that take on real tragedies

Not quite history: films that take on real tragedies

March 27, 2017

Robert Pattinson walks into one of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. Ben Affleck serves in the Army Corps when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. Mark Wahlberg aides a manhunt for the terrorists who de...

Craftsmen of Sound

By Kevin Tiongson

March 13, 2017

There’s a fascination among guitarists, and musicians in general, with handmade equipment. The common, mass-produced products don’t have the same soul, character or quality, which is the reason boutique manufacturers and guitar makers called luthiers are able to thrive.Bruce Roper and Ian Schneller are two Chicago-based luthiers and music equipment makers. Roper repairs and builds guitars, performs as part of the folk trio “Sons Of The Never Wro...

The ethnic side of veganism: Chicago offers so many meatless choices, you’ll never get bored

The ethnic side of veganism: Chicago offers so many meatless choices, you’ll never get bored

March 3, 2017

It’s midday and stomachs are grumbling for lunch. For those who follow a vegan diet, finding food at restaurants can be difficult, but less so in Chicago. The city boasts more than 40 vegan restaurants ...

Roe v. Wade v. Trump

Roe v. Wade v. Trump

February 27, 2017

She burst into tears and listened to Beyoncé’s Lemonade to build up her spirits. She was being compared to serial killers like Charles Manson and Ted Bundy. But women’s activist Whitney Shields d...

The future of labels: A glimpse into the use of  sexual identities today

The future of labels: A glimpse into the use of sexual identities today

February 13, 2017

Megan Harvey was in college in the U.K. when she texted her father with the words, “I have something really important I need to say.”She was about to come out as bisexual. Her dad gave a vague reply, bu...

Maybe he’s born with it: ‘boy beauty’ cannot be concealed

Maybe he’s born with it: ‘boy beauty’ cannot be concealed

February 6, 2017

Though he knows it’s not entirely healthy, Brock Langel uses glitter hairspray on his face to add a bit of shimmer and contrast to the matte black lipstick he wears that almost matches his black hair.W...

Writers in Trump’s America: Creatives mobilize to protect First Amendment rights

Writers in Trump’s America: Creatives mobilize to protect First Amendment rights

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

January 23, 2017

Complete silence engulfs the back room of a West Loop bookstore as the crowd listens with rapt attention to T Clutch Fleischmann read “House With Door,” a monologue about an encounter with a little boy ...

Past is not present:  unconventional re–entry programs fight recidivism

Past is not present: unconventional re–entry programs fight recidivism

December 12, 2016

When Tana Edmonson was a student at Triton College in suburban River Grove working toward her GED, she applied for jobs to make ends meet. She received more than 10 job offers, but once her potential ...

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