Seven of Chicago’s Most Popular Haunted Locations

By Teodora Marinescu and Elizabeth Stalter

Chicago is famously known for its sports teams, deep dish pizza, great hot dogs and fascinating architecture. However, the city is also home to an array of paranormal myths and legends that envelop it in a veil of mystery and darkness.

In 2012 USA Today ranked Chicago among the most haunted cities in the United States. While every city has its own paranormal folklore, the Windy City’s dark past, filled with catastrophic events such as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Eastland Disaster, murderous mob wars and the horrendous crimes of serial killer H.H. Holmes, sets it apart.

“Chicago is one of those cities that has experienced an extraordinary amount of tragedy, which leads people to believe that the city itself is cursed,” said Rick Hale, a paranormal author and psychical researcher based in Chicago.
“You have the World Fair which saw a lot of death, and of course you have the fire which basically destroyed the entire city. So I think that you have a mixture of things that has created the perfect storm, paranormally speaking.”, he said.

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Top Ten Study Spots in Chicago

With midterms right around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a map with what I believe to be the best, most inviting places where you can get some work done, because sometimes, being at home just proves to be so distracting. In my opinion, the ideal place to study has a warm and quiet atmosphere, has comfortable seating, is aesthetically pleasing and provides motivational incentives, such as delicious treats, interesting books, or beautifully decorated rooms.

Chicago is full of hidden gems when it comes to interesting and relaxing places to post up and get some work done. In my extensive search for the perfect study spot I came across many interesting cafes, community centers and libraries. The map below shows ten of my favorite cafes and libraries around Chicago where I know I can always go and focus on my work.

I hope this map will help other students escape the boredom and unproductive atmosphere of the four walls of their bedroom and that maybe they will find even more exciting places to add to the list.

Google Trends: America’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant, Nike and College Football

What is America’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant?

Despite an influx of new fast food restaurants that promise flavor and healthy choices, McDonald’s still reigns as the most beloved fast food restaurant in the United States. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, this past year, McDonald’s (blue) was the most searched fast foods in the United States, followed by Subway(red) and Panera (purple), with Chick-fil-A(yellow) and In-n-Out trailing far behind.

Fast Food Google Trends

There are only three states where other restaurant searches were more popular than McDonald’s. Subway is most popular in New York and South Dakota where the searches for it slightly surpass those for McDonald’s. Panera outperforms McDonald’s only in Virginia.

Fast Food Google Trends Map

From this graph one can conclude that the first place people search for when looking for a place to eat is McDonald’s. It is safe to say that Americans still love the old golden arches.

Nike Wins Over College Football

With college football season in full swing and the polarizing Nike controversy I thought it would be interesting to see which topic would concern people the most. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, despite a small spike for the term “college football” (red) at the beginning of September, Nike (blue) tops the searches from September 3rd to the 14th.
The cause of this trend is most likely a result of the Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.On September, 4 Nike released and ad featuring the football player, which incited much debate and strong reactions.
Overall the difference seems to be only significant in that period of time following the release and searched for football rise towards the middle of the month.

Nike and College Football Graph

Quinn: MAP Grants critical for low-income students

Pat Quinn Photo
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at 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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