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Patty is studying broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago.
Ring of Fire Comes Full Circle at Mercury Theater

Ring of Fire Comes Full Circle at Mercury Theater

The intimate stage of the Mercury Theater is depicting the story of a small town boy who finds his way to fame. “Ring of Fire” follows the life of Johnny Cash from childhood to icon and the jukebox musical tells the story of his love, life and struggles. “It’s a fun, moving, heartfelt night,” said […]

From the Eyes of College Performers: Studying in the Windy City

Attending college in a large city like Chicago may be overwhelming, but three students from small towns, all who have dreams of  one day performing on the big stage, knew they needed to leave the comfort of home, face the challenge and reap the connections and experience an urban school could bring. Nick McDowell, Elya […]

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Taxi Drivers Protest Against Ride-Share Industry

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Taxi Drivers Protest Against Ride-Share Industry

      Hundreds of taxi drivers took up protest in the Loop against the ride-share industry on Wednesday morning. The drivers are protesting what they say is unfair competition from services like Uber and Lyft, which are subject to fewer regulations than city taxis. Drivers honked their horns, blocked traffic and refused to pick […]

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South Loop Residents Warming to DePaul Arena

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South Loop Residents Warming to DePaul Arena

After months of community meetings, worrying about their property values and even watching houses move from one lot to another, Prairie District residents in the South Loop are coming to accept – sometimes grudgingly ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– the expansion of McCormick Place and construction of a new DePaul arena. “I realize that it’s an opportune time to […]

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Grassroots Illinois Endorses Garcia and 23 Aldermanic Candidates

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Grassroots Illinois Endorses Garcia and 23 Aldermanic Candidates

Holding back tears, Gayle Sterm, of Humboldt Park, stood behind the podium Tuesday at a Grassroots Illinois Action news conference. Instead of reading the speech she had prepared, Sterm said she was going to “speak from my heart.” “I want an elected school board. I want them to listen to us,” Sterm said, as her […]

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Coffee and a Q&A with Chris Jones

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Coffee and a Q&A with Chris Jones

Chris Jones, a native of Manchester, England, has been a theater critic for the Chicago Tribune for 15 years and has reviewed thousands of productions locally, in addition to critiquing performances in New York and other cities with rich theater traditions. Tucked away in a window seat at Argo Tea, he talks about his experience […]

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