Chicago is a diverse city, with many people speaking languages that their children's teachers don't understand. The awkward solution is that kids end up translating meetings about their own performance. Linda Lutton at WBEZ ran a story this week on a program in Little Village that fits student translators with parents and teachers who need them. She graciously gave Chicago Parent permission to post her story.
The Field Museum has more than 200 scientists - who work both in Chicago and around the world. This new exhibit shows how they're trying to impact everything from bird deaths in Chicago to conservation in Madagascar.
Chicago Parent met up with Next Big Thing finalist Shealeigh at the Radio Disney Concert the weekend before Thanksgiving. When Emma and Grace DeCarlo (15 and 13, respectively) talked to her, there were still three people in the running. On Friday, it was announced that Shealeigh and Zack Montana were the final two. Here's our talk with the very exhuberant performer.