Amy Yang, 8:21 p.m.
Photos by Amy Yang / North by Northwestern

Last weekend, over 200 buildings across Chicago opened their doors for the public to explore. Open House Chicago is an annual architectural festival hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation with participating venues that range from mansions to skyscrapers, from hotels to places of worship. Visitors got an insider's look of many private locations, and learned about Chicago's culture and history in the process.


Elissa Gray, Oct. 15, 2017
Photos by Elissa Gray / North by Northwestern

Cupcakes, pink swim caps and smiles galore: At the sixth annual Breaststroke 4 Breast Cancer event on Friday, students, faculty and community members joined together to raise money for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Northwestern Women’s Swimming and Diving hosted the event at the Norris Aquatic Center. Attendees competed in a relay-style race against elite athletes, indulged in an an assortment of pink treats and participated in a silent auction, all to support a greater cause.


Claire Bugos, Oct. 11, 2017
Photos by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

More than 40,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 100 countries battled their way through Chicago Oct. 8 for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The course began and ended in Grant Park and wound through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Galen Rupp, the first American in 15 years to win the marathon, finished with a time of 2:09:20. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:18:31. In its 40th year, the marathon drew over 1 million spectators.


Morgan Lee, Oct. 8, 2017
Dumplings world-wide were being celebrated at the first World Dumpling Fest on Saturday. Held by Chicago Cultural Alliance, the event was part of a larger event called Inherit Chicago – a month-long festival comprised of different events throughout the city to showcase the cultural diversity of Chicago. Aside from delicious dumplings from restaurants around the city, the Dumpling Fest included performances from various cultural groups, children’s crafts and cultural art vendors.


Homecoming 2017 is a week of festivities that welcome alumni back to Northwestern. The week started on Sunday, Oct. 1 with the Color Roar and continued throughout the week with events like Deering Food Trucks and PurplePalooza. In anticipation of the Saturday football game against Penn State, the week reached its climax despite the inclement weather at an indoor Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 6. In addition to President Schapiro and Coach Fitzgerald making appearances, the rally was complete with performances from the Northwestern marching band and its accompanying flag team.


Charlotte Hu, Oct. 2, 2017
Photos by Charlotte Hu / North by Northwestern

Take a virtual tour of The Upside Down: a Stranger Things themed pop-up bar located in Logan Square's Emporium Popup space. The pop-up saw its last customers Oct. 1, but the space will reopen soon with a new Halloween theme: The House of the Dead. The bar featured iconic decorative piece plucked straight out of the show, hidden references and creatively concocted cocktails. It has become a viral sensation since its opening on Aug. 17, taking advantage of the hiatus between the end of the show's first season and the premiere of the second. If you didn't get a chance to see it before it closed, living vicariously through this slideshow is probably the next best thing.

But don't worry, season two of Stranger Things will be available on Netflix on Oct. 27. 


Claire Bugos, Oct. 1, 2017
Food-rating startup team lands $2,000 in pitch-off. Photo by Claire Bugos / North by Northwestern

In the final step of a monthslong program for resident teams at the Garage, three hopeful startups took the stage on Thursday to pitch their companies for a chance to win $2,000.

The annual contest is the grand finale for the 11 teams that participated in the Wildfire Pre-Accelerator Program this summer at the Garage. The companies spent the summer developing their startups and ended with Demo Day, where they received feedback from a panel of judges in the style of ABC’s Shark Tank. The top three teams advanced to Thursday’s final pitch-off, where audience members voted on the top pitch.

HotPlate, the winning team, offers an app for restaurant-goers seeking reviews on individual dishes based on the idea that a “restaurant experience should never be ruined by a bad dish.” The company is partnering with Big Bite Night in Evanston and ...


Audrey Valbuena, Sept. 28, 2017
This story was taken down as Arts Alliance's Garden Party show was canceled due to legal concerns.


You thought it wasn’t going to happen. But not too long after you braved the rain for some early darties, the storms cleared and it was time for Dillo Day 2017 (minus a sadly canceled Prez Harris & Friends performance). Maybe you were there for every set, maybe you went for your favorites like D.R.A.M. or MGMT, maybe you found a new favorite in Little Simz or Porches. Regardless, you can relive all the best moments of Dillo with photos from each mainstage set.


Photos by Justin Curto and Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

If you started your Dillo early, then Porches treated you to a set full of their ambient, chill synthpop songs. The band, a project by vocalist-guitarist Aaron Maine, released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Pool, last year.


Photos by Zoe Davis and Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

D.R.A.M. may have mixed allegiances – after his Dillo ...


Rachel Epstein, May 15, 2017
Photos by Rachel Epstein / North by Northwestern

Kaibigan, Northwestern’s Filipino students association, presented their annual Pinoy Show on Saturday. This year’s show Kai School Musical brought to life the story of Gabs Montez and Boy Bolton. Combining High School Musical hits with traditional Filipino dances, the members of Kaibigan portrayed Boy’s struggle to balance his Filipino heritage with his basketball team. Highlight moments included a video of Northwestern students trying to say Filipino tongue twisters and a tribute to Kaibigan’s graduating seniors. The show, which took place in Tech auditorium, ran for about two hours and was followed by free Filipino cuisine for the audience.


Justin Curto, May 8, 2017

Wearing a Northwestern crewneck, folk rock singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy may have looked like a college student as she performed at Saturday's PhilFest. But looks can deceive.

"Did we graduate from college?" Glaspy asked her band in the middle of her headlining set on the Norris East Lawn. "None of us graduated from college. Thanks for having us anyway."

Glaspy played to students for an hour or so as they tie-dyed shirts, painted mason jars or enjoyed the overdue sunlight. For the set – her third this year in the Chicago area after opening for the Lumineers at Allstate Arena and headlining Schubas Tavern – she stuck close to Emotions and Math, her 2016 major-label debut. Garnering comparisons to Liz Phair and Joni Mitchell, Glaspy’s vocals switched between a melodic Southern drawl and her distinctive snarl as she played an electric guitar.

PhilFest is the annual collaboration between A&O Productions and SEED (Students for Ecological and Environmental Development), also co-presented ...


Rachel Epstein, May 4, 2017

This weekend Boomshaka will present its 20th annual spring show, "Back to Zero." The show, which will take place in Shanley Pavilion, showcases the diverse talents of Boomshaka’s members through a wide range of rhythm-heavy acts. High-energy dance and drumming is broken up with comedic breaks, including a skit in which the group’s percussionists liken themselves to Snow White and the seven dwarves.

"Back to Zero" will open Thursday at 8 p.m. and will run on Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Students can purchase tickets in advance for $5 or at the door for $7. General admission is $10. Friday nights shows will be free of charge for all.


Virginia Nowakowski, May 2, 2017

Beyond Belief, the 86th annual Waa Mu show, opened in Cahn Auditorium this weekend. More than 100 students came together to write, compose, choreograph and produce the full-length musical detailing the lives of two sisters who battle difficult situations by creating characters with amazing abilities based on normal people in their everyday lives. David H. Bell, a musical theatre professor at Northwestern and an award-winning professional director, helped provide artistic direction for the piece, which runs through next weekend.


In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Northwestern students and faculty participated in numerous events on and off campus to raise awareness for environmental issues. Sustain NU promoted several events throughout the week such as tree-planting, a One Book One Northwestern panel discussion on weather and the climate, an Earth weekend scavenger hunt and an event hosted by the Knightlab and library to rescue scientific data published online.

Additionally, students from ISRC coordinated an opportunity for students to make signs to bring to the March for Science in Chicago on Saturday. Over 30 students and faculty joined the roughly 60,000 demonstrators seeking more evidence-based decision-making in the political sphere and general appreciation of the sciences. A number of speakers preceded the march, which ended at the Field Museum.


Brian Quistberg, April 10, 2017

TONIK Tap presented its show 'Can We Tap That?' this weekend in Shanley Pavilion. The dancers, who explored the titular question throughout the performance, answered with a resounding yes. The show comprised of tap dances to a variety of songs and was bold to include different elements as well. Several comedic video clips were played during the show, which featured TONIK Tap members interviewing students in Tech, making brownies with tap shoes and other oddities. The dances were similarly poignant: one piece was accompanied by the reading of text messages to tell the story of a complicated relationship. ShireiNU a cappella made a guest appearance to open the Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. shows.