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Pretty girl, dance grooves

By Amanda Murphy

April 2, 2012

Despite what she may say, local singer-songwriter Angelina Lucero has built quite a fan base in the more than three years she’s been working solo. Primarily a vocalist, she overcame a massive hurdle, diligently teaching herself how to play guitar at the age of 22. Lucero is now making her way through the Chicago music scene with an enchanting voice, brutally beautiful lyrics and a simple yet captivating guitar styling. ...

Cellphone use linked to selfish behavior

By Emily Fasold

March 19, 2012

Cellphones were originally invented to connect people but ironically, new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests that they may be doing the opposite by promoting selfish and less socially minded behavior.Marketing professors Anastasiya Pocheptsova and Rosellina Ferraro conducted two experiments on college-aged cellphone users and found that they demonstrated less pro-social...

175 ways to love chicago

By Trevor Ballanger

March 5, 2012

By Monica ReidaContributing WriterChicago celebrated its 175th birthday March 4 by throwing itself a bash at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., complete with local luminaries, live music and actors dressed as famous Chicagoans. But in many ways, the month-long pre-party was every bit as engrossing as the main event.In February, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture asked 35 Chicagoans to list their five fav...

One Tribe’s Tunnel Of Oppression 2012

By Estefania Martinez

February 20, 2012

The Columbia Chronicle got a sneak peak into the planning of One Tribe's, "Tunnel Of Oppression," event. The event aims to activate your senses and call attention to every day injustices that happen in our world. "Tunnel Of Oppression" will be held on March 14 and 15 in Multicultural Affairs - 618 S. Michigan, 4th floor.http://youtu.be/n9T5KZIiPbQ

Chicago and Code for America team up to improve the city’s service request system

By Chris Loeber

February 20, 2012

A plan is in the works for an upgrade of Chicago’s information service center to improve the way residents and city officials communicate.Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed a group of four Web developers Feb. 3 from Code for America, a nonprofit organization that works with city governments and municipalities to facilitate transparency and communication through Web-based solutions that are tailored to their needs.“Essentially, t...

Senate Bill 1565 studied

By Kaley Fowler

February 13, 2012

Minimum-wage earners in Illinois could see an increase in their wages after two years of relying on $8.25 an hour, a figure that needs a boost according to many economists, protesters and Illinois legislators.In February 2011, Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D–4th District) filed Senate Bill 1565, which aims to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10.65 by 2014. The bill is now under study by an executive c...

Restaurant Week satisfies hungry Chicagoans

By Kaley Fowler

February 6, 2012

With more than 6,000 restaurants in the city, finding somewhere to eat isn’t terribly difficult. Deciding on a restaurant, however, can be more problematic. That’s where Chicago Restaurant Week comes in.Chicago will hold its fifth annual Restaurant Week, a 10-day showcase of more than 230 restaurants throughout the city and suburbs, from Feb. 17–26. Eateries will offer special prix fixe menus priced at $22 for lunch ...

Wolves see Stars: Chicago’s last minute goal wasn’t enough to surmount eventual 4-3 loss

By Lindsey Woods

January 23, 2012

In the last outing of a five-game home stand, the Chicago Wolves lost its second game in a row to the Texas Stars on Jan. 18.The loss came after the Wolves snapped their season-high five-game winning streak was snapped against the Lake Erie Monsters on Jan. 14. Chicago gave up a 3-1 lead in allowing four 3rd period goals by the Monsters, in a game which also marked the midway point of the season.Chicago led Texas for less ...

Chicago communities “smokeout” crime

By Sophia Coleman

November 28, 2011

Fighting crime never tasted so good.By serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian-friendly grilled goods, the Bridgeport, Canaryville and Back of the Yards communities are taking a different approach to battling crime and gang activity.These barbeque get-togethers, called “smokeouts,” usually take place in front of drug dealers’ homes or in known gang territory. Community groups, like the Bridgeport Citizens Gro...

Chicago architecture opens up

By Brian Dukerschein

October 3, 2011

Chicagoans will soon be able to get a firsthand look inside some of the city’s famous and obscure architectural treasures.The Chicago Architecture Foundation will be hosting its first “openhousechicago,” a celebration of Chicago neighborhoods, on Oct. 15–16. Modeled after similar events in London and other world capitals, OHC will give the public free access to 131 sites centered around five distinct neighborhoods: D...

Cursive writing becoming extinct

By Vanessa Morton

October 3, 2011

With technology of the 21st century constantly evolving, it’s no surprise that communication has become substantially easier. As computers continue to infiltrate our lives, keyboards and screens have replaced pen and paper. While technology has made everything more convenient, the art of writing may be at risk of being forgotten.This is a problem, as educational institutions across the United States no longer require their eleme...

If at first they don’t succeed, try again in April

By Heather McGraw

February 21, 2011

In the event of a non-majority win on Feb. 22, a runoff election could mean a second chance for mayoral and aldermen candidates.As of press time, the latest poll conducted by Chicago Retail Merchants Association shows Rahm Emanuel with 58 percent of the vote. Because polls represent a small percentage of the population and numbers fluctuate, there is a chance Emanuel will win less than the majority of votes in the election. I...

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