Stories by reuben unrau

Medical Professionals Top List of Highest-Paid Jobs in Chicago

A medical degree may be worth all the time and money after all. A new report from Zippia, a San Francisco-based online resource for career advice, lists Chicago’s 100 highest-paying jobs.

New Wave of IRS Scams Target Students

As the school year approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has warned of a telephone scam targeting students.

Back to School Parade a Chance to Showcase the ‘Good in Englewood’

The South Shore Drill Team performs at the 2015 Englewood Back to School Parade. (Courtesy of Nicole Vaughn)

For the 54th year, the Englewood Back to School Parade celebrates education and pride on the South Side. 

Rapper Lupe Fiasco to Show Paintings in Solo Exhibition

"Uomo Mangiato Tigre (Man Eating Tiger)" by Wasalu Jaco (Lupe Fiasco). (Courtesy of Ed Paschke Art Center)

Chicago native Wasalu Jaco is a Renaissance man of sorts. Most people know him as Lupe Fiasco, a sharp-tongued rapper and music producer. But next month, another side of his creativity will be on display at the Ed Paschke Art Center.

New Veterinary Rehabilitation Facility Targets Pet Obesity, Surgeries

(Courtesy The Veterinary Specialty Center)

As pet obesity and orthopedic surgeries continue to rise, many domesticated animals are struggling to get back on healthy legs, experts say. A new facility in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is aiming to address that very problem.

Chicago Urban League Releases Plan to Combat ‘Structural Racism’

The Chicago Urban League unveiled this week its 10-year plan to fight structural racism in the city, highlighting education, employment and economic development as key areas of focus.

Black Lives Matter Coalition Releases 1st Official Platform

Just days before the two-year anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked protests nationwide, the Movement for Black Lives has released an official platform that outlines its demands.

Section of Lakefront Trail on North Side Reopens with Improvements

Chicago's lakefront trail is a popular spot for cyclists, runners and walkers. (Eric Allix Rogers / Flickr)

As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to improve Chicago parks, a revamped section of the lakefront trail was opened to the public Friday.

Lollapalooza: 5 Daytime Shows You Can’t Miss

The crowd gathers to watch Foster the People at Lollapalooza 2011. (EMR / Flickr)

A slew of lesser-known names deserve just as much attention as the late-night heavy hitters. Behold: Your best bets for your dose of daytime music this weekend.

Air Pollution Action Day Issued for Wednesday

A smog-filled day in Chicago in 2009. (Owen Clay / Flickr)

In response to the National Weather Service’s air quality alert, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has declared an Air Pollution Action Day for the Chicago area on Wednesday.

Local Health Officials Advise Lollapalooza Attendees to Stay Safe

Coasts performs at Lollapalloza in 2015. ( / Flickr)

With an estimated 300,000 attendees of the marquee music fest expected this weekend, Illinois medical officials are preparing for an influx of patients.

Photography Exhibition Looks at Effects of Petroleum Coke in Chicago

Petcoke piles with sprinklers at KCBX site on Calumet River, 2014. (Terry Evans / Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Photography)

For years, petroleum coke – the black, powdery byproduct of tar sands oil refineries – plagued the Southeast Chicago area along the Calumet River. Community and environmental activists protested and eventually influenced legislation regulating how the dusty byproduct is stored locally.

Caring For Your Pets During Excessive Heat

(Fancibaer / Wikimedia Commons)

As extreme heat makes its way to Chicago, learn how to keep your pets safe. 

Tips for Staying Cool, Avoiding Illness During a Heat Wave

With temperatures expected to soar into the mid 90s this week, learn about how you can stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses. 

From Chicago to Rio: Local Athletes Gear Up For Summer Olympics

Ingleside native Daniel Dennis, pictured above in red, defeated Tony Ramos in the 2016 Olympic Trials Championship. (John Sachs / Flickr)

The torch will be lit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in a little over two weeks. Meet some of the Chicago-area athletes representing Team USA.