Made In Chicago
Artist Hebru Brantley began his career as a graffiti tagger, always looking over his shoulder for the police.
The sand on Chicago’s beaches can be useful, if you want to keep your beach blanket from blowing away.
You never know what you’re going to find next at one of American Science and Surplus’ stores, or in its catalog.
On a Saturday morning inside a South Side Chicago gym, 8 women suit up with helmets, skates, and protective pads. But they won’t be giving elbows or checking their opponents at Derby Lite.
Marcus Melnick had been marketing police vests when his wife gave birth to their second child nearly six years ago.
When Paul Wargaski isn’t playing bass with the folk and bluegrass band Tangleweed, his is making basses, violins and other instruments at his Wicker Park studio.
You can’t buy a cup of Coca-Cola from a soda fountain without it passing through a Hoffer valve made in South Elgin.
At Air Cycle Corporation in Lisle, they live by the phrase, “Saving our planet one bulb at a time.”
At 5331 W. Belmont Ave. in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, a Chicago landmark has a history as colorful as its exterior.
Teacher Frances Judd has taken to designing games to help kids navigate pre-school mysteries on iPads.
You won’t find Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, or any ghosts at Microbe Busters, but you will find some new efforts to eradicate deadly germs.
When the door opens into the workshop at Pyramid Custom Cabinets in Lockport, you’re sure to hear a lot of sawing, sanding and hammering. And they take their craft very seriously.
Dog owners can make sure their pooches are cared for without having to spend a fortune on commercial boarding, thanks to the Rovernight Network.
Tucked away in an industrial area near Midway International Airport, high-end, heavy-duty forklifts are assembled one at a time at Hoist Liftruck.
The sewing machines are on overdrive inside a West Side warehouse as workers piece together the latest product taking the green world by storm.
You’ve seen the lines around the block and you’ve smelled the caramel, and now, WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody has the story of the new Garrett Popcorn shop.
In a 100-year-old loft building with a skyline view of the South Loop, Picassos, Paschkes and old family heirlooms come through the door at the Graphic Conservation Company for expert restoration.
Decorating your home for the holidays can be a nightmare, and climbing ladders and overloading outlets can be downright dangerous, taking those tasks off your hands is where Kelly Fitzsimmons and her crew at Light Up Your Holidays come in.
The DuPage Woodworkers Club began making handmade holiday toys for good boys and girls six years ago. Now, business is booming.
The sound and smell of freshly-popped popcorn leaves you with no doubt about where you are before you even enter Mother Butter’s Popcorn and Confectionary, at 17 W. 35th St. just west of State Street.