The new Rolling Stones exhibit is no ‘Bowie Is’
April 14, 2017 REVIEW By: MARK GUARINO Exhibitionism may imply naked danger, but a show about the Rolling Stones of the same name feels far too buttoned up. "The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism" is the latest globe-trotting museum spectacle that makes its way to Chicago tomorrow, where it [...]
Blues museum opening in 2019 in Loop
March 27, 2017 By: MARK GUARINO Chicago blues will soon have a downtown museum dedicated to telling its story. The Chicago Blues Experience, a privately run 50,000-square-foot facility, is slated to open in spring 2019 near Millennium Park. A lease for the facility was signed last [...]
Can his software lower your property tax bill?
January 05, 2017 By Mark Guarino After Badal Shah became a homeowner in Barrington Hills, he decided to appeal his property tax bill. He did it the old-fashioned way: by hiring an attorney. Soon he discovered that the data being used to request a lower assessment [...]
Blues is Chicago’s most famous global cultural export. Why don’t we do more to promote it?
January 13, 2017 By: MARK GUARINO Last month the Rolling Stones released what became their best-received album in years: a collection of covers of songs by artists including Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf—the Mount Rushmore of postwar Chicago blues. The debt the [...]
A new alternative to an MRI?
By: MARK GUARINO Medical technology can spot disease, but often only when a patient already is in imminent danger. What if a simple handheld device could scan the body to detect disease much sooner? That's what Dr. Stephen Boppart at the University of Illinois is developing [...]
How to create the next generation of coders
By: Mark Guarino November 12, 2015 Getting children interested in computers is easy. Getting them interested in programming one? Not so much. Northwestern University computer scientist Michael Horn is working to change that. His research aims to inspire computer literacy in places other than school, namely [...]
Here’s a teacher’s aid for Common Core Standards tests
By: Mark Guarino Education ventures are a tough sell to investors. Yes, they have noble missions, but they're hard to monetize because school district budgets often have little money for extras. Eileen Murphy Buckley has had it pretty easy. Even before she launched ThinkCerca in mid-2013, [...]
Can the guy who hit it with an Android alarm dock do it again with stereo speakers?
By: Mark Guarino April 23, 2015 One night, just for fun, Joe Born and his daughter, Lily, decided to go through old boxes and set up his stereo from decades ago. Then came what he calls the “pivotal moment.” After plugging in the receiver and connecting it [...]
The pain pill that saved Horizon Pharma
By: Mark Guarino January 08, 2015 With Duexis, Tim Walbert knew he had a pill unlike others in the pain relief market. The drug, which reduces arthritic pain while being kind to a patient's stomach, was backed by four venture capitalists and was ready for the clinical [...]
Corporate events don’t have to be awful
By: Mark Guarino May 14, 2015 If you need to book a place to eat, a place to stay or a place to get a haircut and you need to book it pronto, there are apps. If your company needs to book a place for an event, [...]