The Comprehensive List of Chicago’s Top Event Venues You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Timothy Bach and Esther Ma

Chicago is home to some of the most historic entertainment venues in their field. From sports venues such as Soldier Field and Wrigley Field to fine arts venues such as the Joffrey Ballet, these locations acted as the stage for countless breakthrough events in the music, sports, theater, fine arts, comedy, and many other industries.

But with the rise of digital spaces such as social networks and media distributors such as Netflix and Hulu, many Chicagoans, both old and new, don’t know what amazing live entertainment options are waiting for them just around the corner.

Here is an inside look at some of Chicago’s best event venues as well as a glimpse into the rich history each venue boasts.

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Top 10 Broadcast Organization In Chicago

It’s often difficult for media and communication students to find a good broadcasting company for an internship or early career position. Chicago is a big city and has a highly competitive broadcast job market.

Not only do you need to find a position, but you also need to ensure that the location of the studio is a manageable distance from your other responsibilities.

Below is a list of the cities top 10 broadcast media properties with their location tagged. This will allow you to not only find the perfect organizational fit but also a fulfilling location as well.

What broadcast organization is your perfect fit? Let me know in the comments below.

Trump Has a Larger Effect on Science Than The Chicago Polar Vortex/Chicago Searches For Its Mail Amidst Polar Vortex USPS Closure

Trump Has a Larger Effect on Science Than The Chicago Polar Vortex

   Late January into early February of 2019 has been a relatively severe time for Chicago weather, with the city experiencing record low temperatures in the middle of last week. Many would assume that with the arrival of such a historic occurrence, the polar vortex would draw interest to the topic of climate change; it did!

    With the rise of the cold weather interest on the topic in the city skyrocketed to a monthly high. But even more surprisingly, U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the winter storm garnered even more interest.

   Ahead of the severe weather, last Monday, President Trump tweeted “What the hell is going on with Global Waming?” (Yes that’s right, he spelled it waming!)

   His tweet sparked an even greater response to the topic of ‘climate change’, nearly doubling the interest the topic received from just the insane weather event itself. Even more surprisingly though was the response a similar search term received.

   Immediately following the President’s tweet, searches for the term ‘global warming’ rose 60% and by the following day that increased to over 80% of that which the storm garnered on its own. This meant the term was receiving double and even triple the amount of traffic of that of its proper scientific counterpart.

    “Global Warming” is defined by NASA as “a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels”, which add heat-trapping gases to Earth’s atmosphere”. Alternatively,  it’s popularly missed used counterpart “Climate Change” is classified as, “the long-term warming of the planet”.

Why is this important?

   Because global warming refers to such a specific attribute (earth’s overall temperature) that occurs over such a long period of time, it is not able to be seen by humans and is used as evidence again the larger issue of climate change. The confusion surrounding this key differentiation continues to divide the country.

Chicago Searches For Its Mail Amidst Polar Vortex USPS Closure

On Wednesday, Chicago temperatures reached an all-time low with temperatures reaching fifty-below. With the Chicago polar vortex in full effect, the United States Post Office opted to cancel mail deliveries affected regions for the day.

Apparently, Chicagoans don’t joke about their mail because, following the absent mail, the city saw a nine-hundred percent increase in Google searches for the term “mail delivery”. This trend remained the following day as mail delivery was again canceled for most of the city.

Were you unfortunate enough to experience the 2019 Chicago polar vortex and if so where you able to survive two days without your mail? Let us know down below!

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

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.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.

“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”

More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn.

Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.”

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.