10 Sites to Visit For Open House Chicago 2018

Photo by chicagomaritimemuseum.org

Every October, Open House Chicago (OHC) gives locals and tourists a chance to explore various architectural sites across Chicago.  While the city already offers visitors popular tourist attractions such the Willis Tower Observation Deck, 360 Chicago, and Chicago Boat Tours, over 200 sites take part in OHC.  That’s plenty of sites for visitors to choose from. What’s even more is that many of these sites aren’t regular parts of Chicago’s tourist scenes.

In fact, many of OHC’s sites are either only accessible for workers, or not normally open to the public at all. This is one chance out of the entire year for visitors to explore sites that not everyone gets to visit everyday. From some of Chicago’s tallest buildings like the The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to non skyscrapers like Goodman Theatre, here are 10 sites to visit during one October weekend for Open House Chicago 2018.


Google Trends: 2016 Presidential Election Democratic and Republican Party Candidates

By Francis Parco

Every four years,  citizens across the United States prepare for what is known as election year.  US Presidents have up to 2 terms, four years each.  At the end of the first term, the current President either gets reelected for a second term, or loses to a competing candidate. However, President Obama won reelection in 2012. Therefore, 2016 marked a time for Americans to elect a new President to lead the nation.  For the Democratic Party, their top three top candidates were Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley. Over to the Republican Party, their leading candidates were Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. During the election, how did Americans on Google respond to these candidates, as shown through Google Trends?

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Governor Quinn: MAP Grants critical for Illinois students

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org. It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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