Stories by Maya Miller

Art in Space Sparks Discussion on Technology, AI

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet worked with artist Eduardo Kac to create "Inner Telescope," a piece of artwork that is currently aboard a space station. (Courtesy of Eduardo Kac)

As artwork by a Chicago artist orbits the Earth aboard the International Space Station, a medley of professionals will explore how technology and artificial intelligence have shaped their industries. 

Northwestern Crew Team Student Dies After Falling Overboard

(Chicago Tonight)

The body of 19-year-old Mohammed Ramzan, a member of the Northwestern University men’s crew team, has been recovered from the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood. Authorities say he fell into the water early Monday morning during a rowing practice.

Cook County Sheriff: ICE Agents Shouldn’t Identify as Police

Berto Aguayo says this photo shows ICE agents wearing gear that says “police” outside a home in Chicago the week of March 27. (Courtesy of Berto Aguayo)

A recent wave of videos on social media show Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents arriving at Chicago residences in unmarked cars, knocking on doors while donning vests and jackets that say “police.”

10 Things to Do This Weekend: April 6-9

Sift through thousands of records at the CHIRP Record Fair.

A “delightful” record fair, drink festivals and giant horse show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

‘Oppositions’ Gallery Exhibit Invites Political Reflection

Evan Haase, “Old Glory,” 2015. (Courtesy of the Jackson Junge Gallery)

Curators of a new show at the Jackson Junge Gallery wanted to highlight political issues without taking sides. “I didn’t want it to be a political, Trump-bashing show,” said Chris Jackson, the gallery’s owner and director. 

Art Design Chicago to Take Spotlight in 2018

From left: Works by Charles Dawson, Lee Godie, and Dorothy and Otis Shepard.(Courtesy of the Terra Foundation for American Art)

A new art initiative in Chicago will include dozens of exhibitions and hundreds of public programs in 2018.

Weekend ‘Wokeshops’ Address Shifting Political Climate

From left: Ameya Pawar, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Craig Futterman participate in this weekend’s symposium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy of SAIC)

About 15 speakers will lead “conversations and wake-up calls” this weekend as part of a three-day symposium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 30-April 2

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise kicks off the season Saturday. (Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise / Flickr)

River tours, film festivals and a whole lotta bacon. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. 

Talking Out Gender Equity, Biases Across Chicago

Nineteen men and women discuss gender biases Wednesday morning as part of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Talk It Out initiative. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

More than 100 conversations on gender equity and bias are taking place around the Chicago region this week as part of the Talk It Out initiative. 

Saul Bellow Archives Reveal ‘Softer Side’ of Nobel Laureate

(Courtesy of University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center)

The archives of the award-winning author who spent 30 years teaching at the University of Chicago offer a window into his personal life and creative process.

Report: Segregation Costs Chicago, Residents Billions Annually

(Allen McGregor / Flickr)

Racial and economic segregation across Chicago impacts economic growth, educational attainment and crime rates, according to a report released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Urban Institute.

TechGirlz Announces Expansion to Chicago

TechGirlz is “dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations,” according to its website. (Courtesy of Tracey Welson-Rossman)

An organization dedicated to teaching technology to middle school-age girls is coming to Chicago this spring.

Firearm Proposal Advances in Springfield, Triggering Pushback

A controversial bill that would allow for the confiscation of firearms under certain circumstances made progress last week in Springfield.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 23-26

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Report: Chicago Jumps in Technology Innovation Rankings

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders, according to KPMG’s 2017 Global Technology Innovation Survey. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders over the last year, according to a new report. Why the jump?

Activist-Turned-Photographer Sharpens Focus on Social Movements

(Maria Varela / Courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art)

A collection of photographs by Maria Varela at the National Museum of Mexican Art portrays the evolution of social movements in the U.S.  

Demand Fuels Creation of Immigrant Hotline, Crisis Planning Workshops

Twenty-seven families gathered together at the John Hancock High School in early March to attend an emergency family planning workshop. (Courtesy of  Antonio Gutierrez)

Increased requests for immigration-related legal services led one Chicago group to launch an immigration hotline, “know your rights” workshops and emergency family planning sessions to address concerns.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 16-19

Easy Rider, a member of the Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team, is performing at the Chicagoland Pet Expo this weekend. (Courtesy of Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team)

A pet expo, classical music-themed brunch, cultural events and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.  

Chicago Expands ‘Day for Change’ Homeless Program

Chicago has expanded the pilot program a Day for Change in an effort to offer increased support to those struggling with homelessness. (Nltram242 / Flickr)

The city is allocating $540,000 toward a program that offers temporary work to hundreds of Chicagoans who are struggling with housing and economic stability.

UIC Exhibit: What does ‘Sanctuary’ mean?

(Art by Ambrosia Gertraude Bartośekulva)

Artistic responses to the politically pointed term are on display starting this week at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Learn about the “Sanctuary” exhibit.

State Bill Aiming to Close Gender Wage Gap Advances

(Women in Tech / Flickr)

A bill prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on wage or salary history advanced out of the Senate’s Labor Committee this week.

Chicago Hackathon to Address Resources for Veterans

About 100 veterans and coders are participating in the Tech for Justice and ABA Techshow Hackathon from March 11-17.

A weeklong event brings coders and innovators together – both virtually and in person – to build websites and mobile apps to help veterans.

Jahmal Cole is Challenging Perceptions One Block at a Time

(Courtesy of Jahmal Cole)

Meet the founder of the nonprofit group My Block My Hood My City, who believes in the power of change.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 9-12

Saturday’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a little early. (Mike Boehmer / Wikimedia)

A trio of St. Patrick’s Day parades, cultural events and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Cat Wars’ Interview Stirs Up Emotions, Sparks Response

Pete Marra appears on Chicago Tonight with host Phil Ponce on Feb. 1.

Last month, ornithologist Pete Marra sat down with Chicago Tonight to discuss his book detailing outdoor cats’ impact on U.S. bird populations. It was an interview that stirred up emotions on all sides.