The cultural shift within the leather community in Chicago

By Faith Berwick and Rebecca Laubs

Editors note: The following is not safe for work, this article includes explicit content that may not be suitable for readers under the age of 18.

Hidden away just minutes from the Loyola Red Line stop is the Leather Archives & Museum.

Founded by Chuck Renslow in 1991 in a location that was once a Synagogue, the historic, kink museum is based on Chicago’s first leather gay bar, the Gold Coast, at 501 N. Clark.

The museum is a library, museum and archival collection pertaining to leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. Recently, the LA&M Board adopted a new mission statement designed to set the focus and priorities of the Rogers Park community.

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Top 10 Theaters in the Chicago Area

By Faith Berwick

Theater in Chicago has underwent an impressive transformation in history where we saw low-funded companies grow into institutions of great significance. Next to New York City, Chicago arguably has the second best theater scenes in the United States.

The week of February 7-17 is the 2019 Chicago Theatre Week. It is returning for its 7th year and you can find tickets as low as $15 and $30. The map below lists 10 of some of the greatest theaters in Chicago that are definitely worth a visit.

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Google Trends: Chicago’s Polar Vortex and Trump’s State of The Union Address

President Donald Trump still skeptical about climate change

By Faith Berwick on February 7, 2019

The terms “climate change” and “global warming” are often used interchangeably regardless of their differing meanings. NASA helps simply define the difference between terms in regards to instances with spatial and timescale events.

Last week, Chicago experienced a polar vortex that brought a whirlpool of Arctic air resulting in dangerous temperatures below zero. According to an analysis of Google Trends search data, “global warming” reached its peak search result on January 30th, the morning of the big freeze.

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Quinn: MAP Grants Key To Success


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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.

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