Archive for March 2013

A History of Riots in Birmingham and Chicago

A History of Riots in Birmingham and Chicago
Chicago has seen many riots take place in their history from the Lager Beer Riot of 1855, the Pullman Strike and the Haymarket Massacre to name a few. Birmingham has also seen many in their history especially in the last few decades. Birmingham gained notoriety in the 18th century for riots and in recent decades.... Read more »

Meet UIC Bhangra from University of Illinois at Chicago!

Meet UIC Bhangra from University of Illinois at Chicago!
Bhang WHAT!? Bhang WHO!? BHANGRAAAAAAA! These are the opening words of UIC Bhangra’s bio on twitter, who are a dance team from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Formed in the spring of 2007, the team was initially called Dhamaka, literally translating to explosion. This describes their high energy performances. Now called UIC Bhangra,... Read more »

University of Birmingham, Public Housing Museum and a 3D Laser scan!

University of Birmingham, Public Housing Museum and a 3D Laser scan!
On Friday, October 19th, last year at the future site of the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) on Chicago’s west side, the University of Birmingham presented the museum with a 3D laser scan of the building as it currently stands. The NPHM is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to shedding light... Read more »
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University of Birmingham: Their mission to connect with Chicago

Aside from our respective councils, the University of Birmingham has also been busy in establishing links with Chicago. Referred to simply as Birmingham University by many, it is one of the biggest universities in the UK. It is an internationally renowned institution in the top 100 globally. The university has helped play a big role... Read more »

Meet Kevin Krust: The YouTube star from Chicago!

Meet Kevin Krust: The YouTube star from Chicago!
Kevin Krust has found success through his YouTube videos. As his Twitter states, “he makes stupid YouTube videos for fun” and is known for parodies, rapping and doing your math! But we don’t want him to do our math. Rather I’m here to find out more about the young talented kid. Tell us a bit... Read more »

Chicago in Birmingham: Battle of the Soccer Defenders

A few weeks back I did a feature on Brad Guzan, an Illinois native who plays for current English Premier League side Aston Villa FC. This time around, I thought I’d do a feature on the other two Illinois soccer players who play for Birmingham’s top two teams. Incidentally, they play on rival teams. One... Read more »
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Birmingham and Chicago – Sister City Connections

Late last year, I found out that my city, Birmingham was partnered with Chicago under a Sister City program. Since I was already a fan of Chicago, I decided to get involved by helping to connect the two cities further. I then got a great opportunity to start this blog for ChicagoNow. Since then, I’ve... Read more »