The rise of Chicago’s craft breweries

by Brenden Miranda and Yaricza Flores

In the bustling city of Chicago lives a quaint establishment, nestled away in a small industrial district of the city’s West Town. Emblazoned on the side of the building reads, “On Tour Brewing Company”, although you’d easily miss it if you’re not paying attention.

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Google MyMaps: Chicago Street Art Tour Map

Do you love Chicago? Do you love street art? Chicago is a beautiful city and more specifically a city that has been touched and blessed by many talented artists. These artists are both from the Windy City (Chicago) but also visiting artists from around the world. These beautiful pieces are just some of many murals and works that have created to tell stories and give hope to communities and their people.

The pieces are just a small part of this beautiful cities diversity and story. I have taken the time to create a map of some of the cities street art. Whether you are looking for something to do on a day off, visiting, in the area, or into getting some cool backdrops for pictures. Enjoy a long diverse bike ride or a train ride to see this piece all up close and personal.

P.s. majority of the photocredits: @choosechicago 

Google Trends: Fortnite & Minecraft, Apple & Nike

What is America’s Favorite Video Game?

America has spoken despite the constant video games that are releasing with all the updates in technology, Fortnite is blowing the waters as the most popular online video game. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, this past year, Fortnite was the most searched video game in the United States next to Minecraft. Minecraft was on top of the Fortnite from September 24, 2017 to around the first weeks January of 2018.

There are actually no states where Minecraft searches were more popular than Fortnite. Fortnite is the most popular search in all states. After looking at the percentages of the states  Alaska was the only state where the percentages of search for Fornite and Minecraft were closest about like 50/50.

It is safe to say that it is all that is really talked about by many and searched. As technology advances video games will improve as well. According to the graphs we can conclude that America’s favorite video game is definitely Fortnite over Minecraft.

Apple vs Nike

Many things are occurring in society on a daily basis with the new iPhone in full effect and the Nike controversy what is America’s people main concern. Based on the analysis of Google search on Google Trends, Nike recently has a spike in searches over Apple. This spike in searches for Nike being from mid August to mid September of this year. It is safe to say that the Nike controversy is due to the newest Nike campaign ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. Nike has created many reactions throughout the United States.

However, the spike overall seems to be only greater than Apple during that short month period from around August 26th to about September 15th of this year. Apple then shows a increase in searches over Nike which is a result of the release on a new iPhone and the rumors of the new smartphone.

Overall the searches based on the graphs have been pretty steady and close between Apple and Nike. Many would argue that the people definitely care about both it is just a matter of your perspective.



Quinn: MAP grants critical for low-income students


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.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”


Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.

“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”


More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.


Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn. 


Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.” 

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.