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The Coolest.  (Credit: Kickstarter)

Kickstarter Superstar: The Coolest Redefines The Cooler

When Ryan Grepper set out to rethink the good, old-fashioned cooler, he figured he would need about $50,000 in seed money to get the project moving. Grepper’s idea was to marry old-fashioned cooler technology with 2014 technology.

12 hours ago

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New Device Monitors Conditions To Help People Sleep Better

When somebody wakes up “on the wrong side of the bed” they know one thing: That person is cranky due to poor sleep.

07/25/2014

The Antioch Theatre closed earlier this year, but will be reopened after renovations funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. (Credit: Kickstarter)

Successful Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Antioch Theatre Back To Life

The Antioch Theatre will live on, after being on the brink of being closed for good.

07/23/2014

Wilmette Theatre (courtesy: Kickstarter)

Historic Wilmette Theatre To Stay Open After Getting Second Digital Projector

Carole Dibo, the theater’s director of education and artistic development, said the facility ran 35-millimeter prints for as long as it could. She expected the supply of prints to dry up in January, but she said the last first-run prints were shown in early March.

05/01/2014

Wilmette Theatre (courtesy: Kickstarter)

Wilmette Theatre Could Have Sad Ending Without Money For Digital Conversion

Major movie chains made the switch more than a year ago. The conversion has been much more difficult for small, independent theaters such as the Wilmette Theatre.

04/11/2014

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Chicagoan Asks Kickstarter To Fund His $8 Project: ‘Graphing The Deliciousness Of A Chicken Burrito!’

Kickstarter is usually the tool artists use to fund their dream projects, asking strangers on the internet to give a little bit of cash to help their big ideas come to fruition. Individuals have used Kickstarter to fund movies, graphic novels, photography books… and now, a Chipotle burrito.

02/10/2014

A view of a family decorating a Christmas Tree.  (Photo Credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz)

Photographer Seeks Funds For Book Chronicling Youth Violence In Chicago

To some, youth violence in Chicago is nothing more than statistics taking up time on their nightly newscast. Carlos Javier Ortiz — in his upcoming book titled We All We Got … — hopes to show you more than a bunch of numbers. He hopes to show you the victims, families and communities plagued by violence, and he hopes you’ll see just how human they really are.

12/06/2013

Jim Mullen with his Wife Athena and his daughter Maggie.

Paralyzed On Duty, Chicago Cop Now Seeks Funds For Homemade Apple Sauce Company

Jim Mullen claims to make the planet’s greatest apple sauce. Are you ready to help him prove this to the world? 17 years ago, former Chicago cop Jim Mullen was shot while on the job in Rogers Park. The bullet entered his cheek and spine, instantly paralyzing him, making him dependent on a respirator to breath…

10/25/2013

Bicycle (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Chicago Entrepreneurs Raising Money For Bike Theft Tracking Device

The device is called the BikeSpike, and it’s designed to make it easier to find a bicycle when it’s stolen, by showing its location on a map on your computer or smart phone.

WBBM Newsradio–03/29/2013

The Rebuilding Exchange uses building materials reclaimed from local landfills to make furniture. (Credit: RebuildingExchange.org)

Rebuilding Exchange Makes Furniture Out Of Trash

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? A Chicago company that makes furniture out of garbage may have the answer.

WBBM Newsradio–11/17/2012