Made In Chicago

Hebru Brantley Mural

Hebru Brantley: From Graffiti Tagger To Skilled Mural Artist

Artist Hebru Brantley began his career as a graffiti tagger, always looking over his shoulder for the police.

WBBM Newsradio–06/25/2012

Grand Trunk

Grand Trunk Uses Sand Pockets To Keep Your Beach Blanket On The Ground

The sand on Chicago’s beaches can be useful, if you want to keep your beach blanket from blowing away.

WBBM Newsradio–06/18/2012

American Science And Surplus

Find Everything Under The Sun At American Science And Surplus

You never know what you’re going to find next at one of American Science and Surplus’ stores, or in its catalog.

WBBM Newsradio–06/11/2012

Derby Lite

Finding Your Inner Roller Derby Girl At Derby Lite

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.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2012

Tactical Daddy "diaper bag." (Credit: Tactical Daddy)

Tactical Daddy: Baby Gear For The Manly Man

Marcus Melnick had been marketing police vests when his wife gave birth to their second child nearly six years ago.


Paul Wargaski

Musician Hones Craft Of Violin Making In Wicker Park

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/30/2012

Hoffer Plastics

South Elgin Firm Makes Everything From Soda Fountain Valves To Door Locks

You can’t buy a cup of Coca-Cola from a soda fountain without it passing through a Hoffer valve made in South Elgin.

WBBM Newsradio–04/23/2012

Air Cycle

Machine ‘Eats’ Fluorescent Bulbs At Air Cycle Corporation

At Air Cycle Corporation in Lisle, they live by the phrase, “Saving our planet one bulb at a time.”

WBBM Newsradio–04/16/2012

Jade Dragon Tattoo

Jade Dragon: The World’s Largest Tattoo Parlor

At 5331 W. Belmont Ave. in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, a Chicago landmark has a history as colorful as its exterior.

WBBM Newsradio–04/02/2012

Mrs. Judd's Games

Teacher Helps Pre-Schoolers Navigate Mysteries Using the iPad

Teacher Frances Judd has taken to designing games to help kids navigate pre-school mysteries on iPads.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2012

Microbe Busters

Microbe Busters Takes New Approach At Eradicating Deadly Germs

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.

WBBM Newsradio–03/19/2012

Pyramid Custom Cabinets

Craftsmanship And Service Come First At Pyramid Custom Cabinets

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.

WBBM Newsradio–03/12/2012

Rovernight Network

Dog Owners Get Together To Set Up Boarding Network

Dog owners can make sure their pooches are cared for without having to spend a fortune on commercial boarding, thanks to the Rovernight Network.

WBBM Newsradio–03/05/2012

Hoist Liftruck

Heavy-Duty Forklifts Assembled At Hoist Liftruck

Tucked away in an industrial area near Midway International Airport, high-end, heavy-duty forklifts are assembled one at a time at Hoist Liftruck.

WBBM Newsradio–02/27/2012

Pallet Wrapz

Chicago-Based Company Thinks Green With Pallet Wrapz

The sewing machines are on overdrive inside a West Side warehouse as workers piece together the latest product taking the green world by storm.

WBBM Newsradio–02/13/2012

Garrett Popcorn

Lines Stretch Around The Block At New Garrett Popcorn Shop

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.

WBBM Newsradio–02/06/2012

Graphic Conservation Company

Priceless Documents Restored At Graphic Conservation Company

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.

WBBM Newsradio–01/09/2012

Light Up Your Holidays

Local Company Lights Up Your Holidays

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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

DuPage Woodworkers

DuPage Woodworkers Produce Old-Fashioned Handmade Toys

The DuPage Woodworkers Club began making handmade holiday toys for good boys and girls six years ago. Now, business is booming.

WBBM Newsradio–12/05/2011

Mother Butter's Popcorn

Made In Chicago: Mother Butter’s Popcorn

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.

WBBM Newsradio–11/21/2011