Chicagoland Haunted Houses

It’s officially October, which means “spooky season” is upon us. That’s right, it is now socially acceptable to break out the Holloween decorations and getting your costumes together. Along with the pumpkin picking, hay rides, pumpkin spice lattes (…or everything), and the bulk amounts of candy on sale there are endless amounts of opportunities to get your pants scared off. The Midwest has become known for having the best-haunted experiences in the country, and Chicago is in the center of it all.

This map provides you with a directory of some of the best haunted houses in the Chicago land area. From scares in 13 story tall buildings to old abandoned prisons, you’re guaranteed to have a spooky time this Holloween season. Take a look at this map to determine which haunted house is worth a visit this month if you so dare. If you’re anything like me I’d recommend bringing a friend you can hide behind and/or laugh with (or at). I wish you all a Happy Holloween, and an even happier scaring!



Google Trends: New iPhones, Hurricane Florence, and the Emmys

Hurricane Florence Trends Down in Light of Emmys

In general, we all look forward to the Emmy Award Ceremony, and by that, I mean watching it from our TVs. However, since most of us work we don’t have time to tune in and see the fabulous outfits the stars wear on the red carpet. Normally we’d see a surge of Google image searches regarding the event, and that didn’t change this year. Even with the national disaster known as Hurricane Florence occurring right here in our own East Coast, Americans seem to be just as concerned about the ceremony as they are in the storm.

On the night of September 17th, the night of the Emmys, you can see that there were, in fact, more Google image searches for the Emmys than Hurricane Florence. You can also notice how the image searches for Hurricane Florence reach their peaks early on in the week, but as the days get closer to the Emmy Awards they go down lower and lower.

What do these trends say about our current climate in the U.S.? Do you think these trends are a coincidence or could there be an underlying variable?

YouTube Search Trends Surge with New iPhone Release

With Apple’s release of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max over the weekend, it’s not a surprise to see Americans Google searching it like crazy. As usual, Apple fanatics are dying to get their hands on it. A simple search on Google will bring up articles reviewing the new phones, direct sites for purchase as well as videos of lucky customers unboxing the new phones. The chart below displays trends in YouTube searches for the iPhone XS and XS Max.

YouTube searches reached their peak last week on September 12th for the iPhone XS and the 14th for the XS Max. Although these are the exact same phones in different sizes, we can see that there is more interest in the smaller version (iPhone XS) than the XS Max. Searches for the two phones have followed almost identical trends and have seemed to go down in interest as the days from the release get further away.

Do you think these phones will live up to their anticipation? So far, as search trends are decreasing, it doesn’t look too promising.

Practice Post

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Governor Patt Quinn talks about MAP Grants at Depaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.


“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

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