Made In Chicago

The 4,000 square foot classic arcade, at 2719 W. Algonquin Road, houses about 60 machines grouped according to category. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Classic Algonquin Arcade

Want to play Pac Man, Asteroids or Donkey Kong? If you said yes, you might have been a gamer back in the 1980s.


Mike Nussbaum

Chicago Actor Mike Nussbaum Still Going Strong At 88

Mike Nussbaum has played Broadway and Hollywood, but considers himself a Chicago actor.

WBBM Newsradio–08/13/2012

Scott Pizza Bag

Chicago Man Markets A Bag For Transporting Your Pizza

Chicagoan Ron Scott’s got a brand new bag – a pizza bag.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2012

Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup

Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup Handles Murder Scenes, Meth Labs, Hoarders

Chicago Crime Scene Clean Up is a 5-year old company that specializes in cleaning up murder and death scenes, hoarder situations and meth labs that have been discovered by police.

WBBM Newsradio–07/16/2012

Cara Health

Cara Health: Using Voice Technology To Determine Patient Needs

Cara Health started in Dublin, but has now moved to Chicago and is among the innovators at the 1871 Incubator in the Merchandise Mart.

WBBM Newsradio–07/09/2012

Orbit Skate Center

Not Much Has Changed In 40 Years At Orbit Skate Center

Musical tastes aside, little has changed at the Orbit Skate Center in Palatine since it first opened in 1972.

WBBM Newsradio–07/02/2012

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