By Laura Herbert and Thomas Peters

When Chicago shut down in March 2020, the staff at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn thought they would use the time to deep clean.

“Looking back, I was probably in denial,” said Adriana Rose, then an employee of Fitzgerald’s and now manager of Golden Dagger (formerly Tonic Room) in Chicago. “Our talent buyer, Donnie Biggins, was in the process of rescheduling shows. We were saying our St. Patrick’s Day celebration was just postponed.”

Jake Schiveria, accounting manager of Lincoln Hall and its sister venue Schubas, was similarly optimistic.

“At first, everybody thought it would…


With various vaccines being distributed nationwide, we are now approaching a year since COVID-19 lockdowns began. January 30, 2020 was the day the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, and not long after followed the regulations of mandatory masks and social distancing.

The United States led the world in confirmed cases on March 26, leading to mass closings of public spaces. On April 30, airlines implemented mask requirements, as well as certain travel guidelines and restrictions. Through the summer months, confirmed case numbers spiked, and the U.S. set seven records in 11 days. …


Chicagoans are preparing for warmer weather as COVID-19 cases continue to decrease. Below is a detailed map indicating locations of COVID-19 vaccination sites.

By Thomas Peters

COVID-19 vaccinations are in high demand, with many individuals still unsure of when they qualify and where exactly to go to receive their first doses. Chicago has had COVID-19 testing sites scattered all throughout the city since last year, and now there are fortunately many vaccination sites. These sites are plentiful and located throughout all neighborhoods, providing major accessibility.

The data in the map above was pulled form the Chicago Data Portal.


Lebron James and Joel Embiid are in a tight race for the MVP Award

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Lebron James and Joel Embiid are set to square off this weekend at the NBA All-Star game. Coincidentally, both players are also competing for the MVP award. Currently both players are considered front-runners, and many executives are torn as to who should take home the award. James boasts the narrative for seemingly denying Father Time at age 36, posting absurd averages of 25.8 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, and 7.8 assists per game, and the Los Angeles Lakers currently hold the 4th place standing in the Western Conference with a record of 24–13. Embiid…


Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach Lavine has been on an absolute tear this season. Averaging career highs in scoring and efficiency, Lavine has come a long way from his days as a sixth man for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

All-Star Zach LaVine

Lavine had often been labeled only as a dunk specialist early in his career, winning the dunk contest in 2015. To see Zach flourish as a main scoring option is quite exciting for fans, and honestly, somewhat unexpected. Averaging a career best 28.5 points per game, Lavine has increased his scoring every year in all facets. Included in the trade package


A seemingly continuous up-and-down MLB team, The Chicago Cubs have experienced an uptick in fan attendance over the past few years, in large part due to a World Series win.

Graphic by Thomas Peters

In 2008, the Chicago Cubs finished 97–64, netting the team the 1st place position in the NL Central.

Unfortunately, the Cubs went on to lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Divisonal Series 3–0, ending the season in an abrupt and dissapointing fashion. Led by a dynamic cast featuring Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Carloz Zambrano, the Cubs were a force in the late 2000’s. …


By Vladimir Guzman, Thomas Peters, and Jaylene Rodriguez

Photo/ Jaylene Rodriguez

Little Village in the South Lawndale neighborhood is a dense community with over 70,000 residents. Over 80% of these residents are of Mexican descent, the neighborhood has long served as a port of entry for immigrants.

The neighborhood is culturally significant to the Mexican population that resides, authentic Mexican restaurants, clothing stores, and bodegas line Chicago’s historic 26th Street. Brightly colored murals bring life to the buildings, and Mexican independence flags strung across storefronts vocalize their pride for their culture and help enhance the sense of community.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners…


Governor Pat Quinn discusses the negative impact that pension reform has on given MAP grants within DePaul University.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program(MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. …

Thomas Peters

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