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Inside the Studio Making Hit Video Games Down in Champaign, Illinois

Volition has consistently created expansive, popular console and PC video games over the last two decades, but you won't find this 200-person studio in...

How the Hyperloop Could Transform the Midwest

The Hyperloop began as a moonshot idea from billionaire tech executive Elon Musk, whose initial plan in 2012 envisioned a tubular transportation system that...

What the Connectory Could Mean for Chicago’s IoT Startups

Dave Krawczyk believes in the power of connected displays. His product, the Glance Mirror, seamlessly shows personalized information such as messages, weather and commute times on...

You Might Hate Gogo Now, But Faster In-Flight WiFi Is Coming

Gogo is keenly aware of its reputation as a lousy airplane WiFi service. Customer complaints abound online. American Airlines once sued the Chicago based company...

Chicago’s Next Tech Boom: The Maker-Entrepreneur

Nuha Nazy and Emilia Rogowska set out to create a space that gave people the ability to quit their 9-to-5 jobs. The duo opened the...

The Family Office Index: 38 Chicago Family Offices Investing in Tech...

With traditional venture capital, angel investors, private equity and newer models like equity crowdfunding, entrepreneurs today have more access to capital than ever before....

Inside an Ambitious New Plan to Build an Entire Smart City...

Every city wants to be a “Smart City,” an urban environment that uses software and the Internet of Things to manage its assets, improving...

Inside the Steve Chen-Funded Center for Teen Founders and Tinkerers at...

Last week YouTube co-founder Steve Chen was in Aurora for the grand opening of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy's (IMSA) new on-campus innovation hub,...

YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen Invests In Midwest Roots With $1M Innovation...

"IMSA meant a lot to me when I was growing up"

Peapod’s Quiet Quest to Win the On-Demand Food Fight

How Peapod, one of the internet's 1st startups, created one of today's hottest tech verticals 30 years ago

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