Stories by Nicole Cardos

‘Paula’ Avatar to Ease Communication between the Hearing and Deaf

Researchers are working on “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar that will automatically translate English into ASL. (Courtesy of DePaul University School of Computing)

A team of researchers at DePaul University is working to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing communities. Meet “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar they created that translates English into ASL.

‘Brown Girls’ Series to Highlight Chicago, Intersectionality on HBO

A popular web series based in Chicago that highlights the “complex and flawed” lives of “regular people” has secured a development deal with HBO. 

Russia’s Election Meddling More Extensive Than Originally Thought

New details on the Russian cyberattack before the 2016 election, and how Illinois was affected. 

International Stories Take the Stage at Sullivan High School

Roger C. Sullivan High School students from Chicago and around the world will share their stories June 13. The school has the highest number of refugee students of any high school in the city. (Courtesy of Lifeline Theatre)

Students at Roger C. Sullivan High School will share stories of community and identity from local and international perspectives this week, in collaboration with Lifeline Theatre.

Bike Relay Race Inspired by IU’s ‘Little 500’ Comes to Chicago

The women’s Little 500 bike race on April 24, 2009. (Indiana Public Media / Flickr)

Inspired by a popular cinder track relay race at Indiana University Bloomington, and the 1979 dramedy “Breaking Away,” the Chicago Cinder Classic will set wheels spinning in Chicago this summer.

Celebration, ‘Sacrifice’ for Chicago’s Halal Eateries During Ramadan

How do the city’s halal restaurants, which serve mostly Muslim customers, hold up during the month of Ramadan? We explore the traditions of two West Ridge destinations.

A ‘Perfect Storm’ Brewing on Chicago’s North Side

Half Acre Beer Co. (Credit: Brew Bokeh)

A local chamber of commerce has rebranded a Chicago neighborhood as Malt Row, where it says you’ll find the greatest concentration of microbreweries in the city.

Chicago’s Fountains Make a Splash in New Book

Centennial Fountain (© Jeremy Atherton, 2007)

“Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains” details the history and curiosities behind some of the city’s aquatic art, from politically induced mischief to true crime stories.

Growing Clean Economy Can Bring More Jobs to Chicago, Report Says

The clean economy: What is it, and how is Chicago faring? A new report tells the story.

How One Chicago Public High School is Embracing Refugee Students

Nearly 40 countries are represented at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park. We meet the head of the school’s English language program – and the reporter who recently wrote about the school.

Chicago’s Low-Line Project to Offer a New Urban Retreat

Unlike the popular 606 trail on the city’s Northwest Side, a new pedestrian path in Lakeview is keeping a low profile.

In The Wake of Comey Firing, Should a Special Prosecutor be Hired?

President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Lester Holt. (Courtesy of NBC)

Seventy-eight percent of Americans think a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election, according to a new NBC-Wall Street Journal survey.

America’s Forgotten ‘Radium Girls’ Take the Lead in New Book

The Ottawa “Radium Girls” with Attorney Leonard Grossman. (Chicago Daily Times, courtesy of Sun-Times Media)

The author of a new book explores the lives of young factory workers exposed to radium in the 1920s.

North Branch Redevelopment Plan Reflects Change in Economy

A. Finkl & Sons Co. (Noah Vaughn / Flickr)

Plans for new office buildings, apartment complexes and hotels along the North Branch of the Chicago River are underway.

Teach Arabic at Public Schools? Why One Professor Says ‘Yes’

Northwestern University professor Brian Edwards joins us to discuss a new report on the decline of second-language education in U.S. schools.

City Clerk Valencia Says Municipal IDs Will Benefit All Chicagoans

City Clerk Anna Valencia (Chicago Tonight)

City Clerk Anna Valencia joins us to discuss her position and Chicago’s municipal ID program.

From ‘Top Chef’ to Best Chef, Local Restaurateur Wins Big at Beard

Grueneberg’s love for Italian food and pasta-making stems from her experience as line cook and, later, executive chef at Spiaggia Restaurant. (Credit: Galdones Photography)

James Beard Award winner Sarah Grueneberg dishes on her newly minted best chef prize. 

Regional Consolidation Might Save Chicago, Author Says

(Ken Lund / Flickr)

Should Chicago annex the suburbs to save its shrinking population? Why one author thinks that might be a good idea.

AJ Mendez Brooks’ Memoir Tackles Mental Illness, Family Dysfunction

Since her retirement from the ring a couple of years ago, World Wresting Entertainment champion April Jeanette “AJ” Mendez Brooks has been working on another story line – for a new book.