Wilco’s lead singer, Jeff Tweedy, has figured out a few things in life. In the most recent issue of Grid magazine, I profiled Tweedy the entrepreneur, examining how he’s built a sustainable, self-reliant business around Wilco’s music—a tricky proposition for any mid-sized act in the age of Spotify, as attested by the industry vets who discussed the article with the New Yorker.
Tweedy, a practiced interviewee, knows the power of a telling anecdote. When we first met in March, in Wilco’s loft space in northwest Chicago, he shared a story with me that didn’t fit in the article.
I asked Tweedy, whose band has a gold-certified album and two Grammys, how he defined success. Here is his reply: Continue reading
Tonight, the Sky go up against the Seattle Storm on ESPN2. It’s one of three nationally broadcast games for Chicago’s WNBA team this season, under a new league-wide TV deal that excited Sky owner Michael Alter when we discussed it in April.
Alter’s pre-season optimism for the team and the business centered on rookie Elena Delle Donne. With a third of the regular season in the can, she’s made good. The second over-all draft pick is leading her draft class in scoring (19.5 points per game) and percentage from the free-throw line (an outrageous .947 — Kevin Durant led the NBA’s last regular season with .905 from the charity line). Continue reading
Last week, I was in Englewood and Bronzeville to report a story on Chicago’s school closings.
One afternoon, right when school was letting out, photographer Mike Shin and I were at Overton Elementary to interview parents. The school is consolidating into Mollison Elementary next year.
We were talking to a mom when a bold young girl walked up to us, leading her three little sisters. Continue reading
Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne (center) sits with teammate Epiphanny Prince at pre-season game. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lately, I’ve been following the Chicago Sky’s business operation as the women’s basketball team gears up for its eighth season, which opens the last week of May.
It’s been interesting to poke around inside a major league team that’s still in relative infancy. Sure, readers (and editors) care more about the Bulls, but it’s easy to forget that the NBA wasn’t always a behemoth. Continue reading