At half an acre, the rooftop garden atop McCormick Place West is the largest in the entire region. We revisit the backstory behind this little-known space. Read an article.
Stories by Shanika Gunaratna
Sep 24, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Sep 5, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Five alleged victims have now come forward in a growing hazing scandal at Maine West High School in the northwest suburbs. This latest victim claims he too was sexually assaulted in a hazing ritual led by seniors on the school’s soccer team – a ritual sanctioned by the team’s coaches.
Sep 4, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
According to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four cardiovascular deaths – that is, 200,000 of 800,000 – are completely preventable. What more can be done to save these lives? We gather some leading experts for a frank assessment of heart disease in America. View graphs of data on heart disease.
Sep 3, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Having laid out his case for a limited military strike in Syria, President Obama now turns to Congress to authorize his mission. What are the odds of a U.S. strike on Syria, where President al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons last month and killed 1,400 civilians? And is this strike within American interests after more than a decade of constant war? Elizabeth Brackett and her guests discuss the uncertain path ahead. Watch web extra videos.
Aug 29, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Now that House Minority Leader Tom Cross has decided to step down, GOP members of the House need to choose a new leader. Today, they meet to start this process. In what direction might the party pivot? We chat with Amanda Vinicky, statehouse bureau chief at Illinois Public Radio and WUIS.
Aug 28, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Where does the nation – and the city of Chicago – stand on this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington? What might Martin Luther King Jr. think of the state of racial equality in Chicago? Elizabeth Brackett and her guests discuss the past, and more importantly, the future.
Aug 26, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
In Expecting Better, University of Chicago economics professor Emily Oster argues that much of the conventional wisdom about pregnancy isn’t supported by data. She joins us to pinpoint the most egregious myths. Read an excerpt.
Aug 21, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
At half an acre, the rooftop garden atop McCormick Place West is the largest in the entire region. We bring you the backstory behind this little-known space. Read an article.
Aug 19, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
How will the Navy Pier redesign change the character of the waterfront? Is the community getting a voice in DePaul’s design plans for its massive, taxpayer-subsidized basketball arena? Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us to chime in on these topics and more.
Aug 13, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
End-of-life decisions are deeply difficult to make. That’s why Dr. Mary Mulcahy and Chicago journalist Randi Belisomo are trying to get more people to have these conversations preemptively. They join us to discuss Life Matters Media, their new initiative to get people to talk more openly about death. Read an article and watch a video essay.
Aug 7, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Our panel of expert chefs and restaurant owners – Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery, Dan Smith of Hearty Boys, and Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead – weighs in on how you can get the most out of dining out this summer. View some recipes.
Aug 1, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
With a budget shortfall projected at over $300 million, what’s a city budget director to do? Alexandra Holt joins us to discuss her plan of action for the City of Chicago. Read the city's 2013 Annual Financial Analysis.
Jul 30, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
We talk with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon about his vision for bringing the city’s libraries into the 21st century.
Jul 16, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Artists are putting the finishing touches on a new mural in Chicago's Sauganash community on the northwest side. The mixed-media mural fills the walls of an empty bicycle underpass at the corner of Peterson Avenue and Kostner Avenue.
Jul 15, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Complete with toys like 3-D printers and laser cutters, Harold Washington Library’s new maker lab is the first in Chicago that’s open to the public free of charge. We take you there. Read an article.
Jul 10, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
The Chicago Tribune has announced it’s splitting its broadcast and publishing divisions, a major shift for a company built on synergy between platforms. Lynne Marek from Crain’s Chicago Business joins us with analysis.
Jul 3, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has released an initial budget for the next fiscal year, and in it she estimates a $152 estimated deficit. We talk with President Preckwinkle about what to expect with Cook County’s fiscal health. Read her preliminary budget.
Jul 1, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
A new book by historian Dennis Cremin looks at the evolution of “Chicago’s front yard.” Read an excerpt.
Jun 26, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
This Friday, the city unveils a new bike share program called Divvy. We talk with Gabe Klein, commissioner for the Department of Transportation, about what to expect. View a map and learn more about the program.
Jun 25, 2013 | Shanika Gunaratna
Metra CEO Alex Clifford may receive up to $700,000 for stepping down, according to reports. His resignation raises questions about how the Metra is run – and whether the agency is using public dollars responsibly.