“It all came together when I discovered my father's baseball card collection:” An Interview With Baseball Artist Graig Kreindler

Graig’s portrait style brings to life baseball players who are both well known and those who are not. But for every portrait, the lifelike colors and level of detail help bridge the gap between the players of the game today and those who played, even however briefly, a long time ago.

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"My home city, the city where I was born and raised, is facing extraordinary challenges. And I think it needs a problem solver:" An Interview With Paul Vallas

After planting his feet back in his hometown, Paul Vallas is running for mayor of Chicago. Here, in his own words, are his reasons for running, how he would address gentrifying neighborhoods, and a glimpse of his ethics plan for City Hall.

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"Chicago Refers to Itself as the 'Paris on the Prairie.' Paris was a revolutionary city. So was Chicago:" An Interview with Historian Dominic Pacyga

Dominic Pacyga is a Chicago historian and professor emeritus at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of eight books about the city, each one examining a different aspect of the past, and most with a focus on the city’s history with Polish immigrants. Here, he speaks about his writing, his research, and how he came to love Chicago’s history.

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"When you have a process that treats candidates like entertainers, you will inevitably get entertainers as your candidates:" An Interview With Matt Bai

Matt Bai is a political columnist for Yahoo! News. He authored All The Truth Is Out in 2014 about Gary Hart’s short-lived 1987 presidential campaign and the ramifications it has had even today. He was also the screenwriter for the film adaptation of the book, The Front Runner, released November 8th.

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"Chicago is a beautiful place, but also a place that has been through a lot of trauma. That provides fertile ground for me as a journalist:" An Interview With Robin Amer

Robin Amer is an investigative journalist who got her start at the Medill School of Journalism, NPR, Vocalo, and WBEZ in Chicago. Here, she speaks about her background, how her USA Today podcast project came together, and plans for season two.

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"I did not know I was a city person until I moved to Chicago:" An Interview With Aaron Renn

About 230 million Americans live in cities. "City" is a broad term and encompasses everything from New York to Des Moines. As the third largest city in the country Chicago carries with it a lot of baggage. But it also has a lot to offer, too. Aaron Renn explains how he got his professional start in Chicago, how the city was formative, and why Chicago has the best chance to land Amazon's HQ2.

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"Coffee shops are community hubs where people gather to discuss ideas, create, and share their creativity with others:" Speaking With Back of the Yards Coffeehouse Co-Founder Jesse Íñiguez

Since the Stock Yards closed in 1971 Back of the Yards has been without an economic anchor, forcing the neighborhood to find another way to support itself. This was the environment Jesse Íñiguez and Mayra Hernandez grew up in. Jesse is the son of Mexican immigrants and "planted [his] roots" in Back of the Yards. After his first cafe failed in 2008 he opened Back of the Yards Coffeehouse with Mayra Hernandez, who is also from the neighborhood, in 2017. 

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"The core of what we do has stayed the same: provide readers with the best, most comprehensive curation of must-read political content:" An Interview with RealClearPolitics Co-Founder Tom Bevan

In this interview Tom Bevan, co-founder of RealClearPolitics, speaks about how he settled in Chicago, how living outside the East Coast media bubble helps the website, and what he sees as the largest challenges facing media companies today.

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