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It's An Egg-centric Device, But We're Into It.

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.24.2014 | Taste

It's an egg-centric device, but we're into it.

Joseph Erbentraut

Web Series Aims To Help Youth Dream Bigger Than Their Block | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

Not long after Chicago author and motivational speaker Jahmal Cole began volunteering at the Cook County Jail and talking with inmates there, he began...

World Business Chicago Launches Second Round of Seed Chicago With Support From MillerCoors

Jeff Malehorn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Jeff Malehorn

Spurring economic development in Chicago's neighborhoods is a pillar of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, created by World Business Chicago at Mayor Emanuel's request. Seed Chicago is one of several initiatives underway to drive growth and create jobs.

Second Wave Of City-Approved Kickstarters Unveiled

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

The city and World Business Chicago on Tuesday announced the second round of projects selected to participate in its Seed Chicago page, an initiative ...

City Launches Its Own Curated Kickstarter Page

Posted 04.11.2013 | Chicago

The city of Chicago, having already itself dabbled in the craft of crowdfunding campaigns, on Tuesday unveiled its own officially curated Kickstarter ...

Artist Has His Eye On Revolution With New Photo Book

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.08.2013 | Chicago

With a new photography book in the works, Pilsen artist Todd Diederich is already aiming high -- but don't think he's stopping there, and don't think ...

'That Little Cottage' Just Off Logan Square Has Big Plans

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.01.2013 | Chicago

Say it with us, Chicago: "Make no little plans." Seemingly heeding the advice of Daniel Burnham, the curators behind Comfort Station, a multi-disci...

Kim Bellware

'You Are Beautiful' Kickstarter Campaign Hoping A Kind Message Sticks | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

Matthew Hoffman's message has always been a simple one. Upon arriving in Chicago more than ten years ago, the Midwest native said he was processin...

Joseph Erbentraut

PHOTOS: Non-Profit Aims To Launch Stylish, Upcycled Product Line | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.04.2012 | Chicago

In the three years since Chicago-based Rebuilding Exchange, 1740 W. Webster Ave., opened up shop, they have won over the city's environmentally-consci...

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Chef Aims To Kickstart New Brick-And-Mortar BYOB Resto | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago

He's worked in the kitchens of some of Chicago's most highly-regarded restaurants -- including Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and Schwa -- and won consider...

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Ambitious Public Transit App Project Plans Next Steps | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago

Barring a sudden deluge of multi-thousand dollar donations, the Kickstarter campaign to get an unprecedented app focused on nearly every conceivable a...

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Grocer Aims To Bring Locally-Grown, Healthy Food To Ukrainian Village | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago

David Sommers and Gwen Harley most likely didn't grow up thinking they would one day open up a neighborhood grocery store. But after Sommers, a com...

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PHOTOS: Historic Chicago Movie House Fights For Survival | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago

The Patio Theater, with its twinkling "night sky" ceiling and detailed Spanish and Italian architecture, is a unique Chicago landmark. Opened in 19...

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'Showgirls' The Musical? Chicago Company Aims To Set Stripper Tale To Music | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.15.2012 | Chicago

Given the public's seemingly endless appetite for musical adaptations of popular films, it's a mystery that, to our knowledge, we haven't arrived here...

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Gardener Aims To Use Technology To Connect Growers, Foodies | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.15.2012 | Chicago

What if locating and buying locally-grown produce direct from its source in Chicago was as easy as Google searching for the nearest BYOB? What if the ...

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WATCH: Mobile Farm Aims To Kickstart Second Annual Tour | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Last year, Truck Farm Chicago was born. A mobile farm that travels to schools, festivals and farmers markets, Truck Farm Chicago brings urban agric...

Joseph Erbentraut

PHOTOS: Mobile Art Gallery Aims For Nationwide Tour | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago loves to put things on wheels. Despite the city's well-publicized attempts to thwart the growth of its small food truck community, many of the...

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WATCH: Bringing Wheelchair Basketball To War-Torn Afghanistan | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.28.2012 | Chicago

Think of it sort as an updated take on "Hoop Dreams," except that its basketball-playing dreamers use wheelchairs. And they live in Afghanistan, not t...

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WATCH: Chicago Neighborhood Could Be Home To New Parklets | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.13.2012 | Chicago

Life in a city as large as Chicago comes with plenty of oft-heralded perks, namely a seemingly endless plethora of dining, nightlife and cultural opti...

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Former Q101 DJs Fight For A Concert Comeback | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

When it launched in the 1990s, Chicago radio station Q101's Jamboree played host to some of the most thrilling acts to emerge on the post-Seattle alte...

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WATCH: Filmmakers At Work On A Gay Twist On 'A Christmas Carol' | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.08.2012 | Chicago

For self-professed "movie addict" and long-time Chicago-based film critic Richard Knight, Jr., it was probably only a matter of time until he put down...

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Muslim Filmmaker Challenges Post-9/11 Islamophobia | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 forever impacted the lives of every American -- but for Muslim Americans, their lives changed more than th...

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Bike-a-Bee: Chicago Urban Agriculture's Next Step? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

For one Chicagoan, an ideal community garden means so much more than patches of fruits, vegetables and plants. And Jana Kinsman has set about broadeni...

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WATCH: Film Tackles Scandal At Historic Black Cemetery | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

In the summer of 2009, three gravediggers and a cemetery manager in Alsip, Ill., 12 miles south of Chicago, were exposed in an elaborate money-grubbin...

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Woman's Quest To Meet All Her Facebook Friends Subject Of New Film | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

When Chicago filmmaker Benjamin Gonzales set out to create a film telling the story of his friend ArLynn Presser's ambitious goal to meet all of her 3...