The Ransom Notes

Strong Singers, Stronger Bonds

By Olivia Chilkoti

Grey City Reporter Olivia Chilkoti takes a look at the thriving a cappella scene on campus, from auditions to competitions.



February 18, 2019

Folklore Society Prepares the Latest Chapter in a Long History of Folk Music

By Avi Waldman

Grey City gets to know the UChicago Folklore Society as they prepare for their annual Folk Festival, one of the oldest in the country, and takes a trip through the history of folk music from its roots to today.



February 5, 2019

Dimitriy Leksanov

Community Redevelopment, a Dollar at a Time

By Dimitriy Leksanov

Grey City visits I Grow Chicago's Englewood headquarters, a product of Chicago's new Large Lots program, to discuss the initiative's benefits and potential drawbacks.


January 10, 2019

Sarah Wasinger

Innovation, Explosion, and Reckoning on Ellis Avenue

By Rory Nevins

Grey City Reporter Rory Nevins dives deep beneath the "Nuclear Energy" statue to investigate the origins and implications of the Chicago Pile-1 reaction


December 3, 2018

Dumbbells, Diving, and Dining: Bartlett's Varying Role on Campus

By Mallory Moore

Grey City reporter Mallory Moore looks back at Bartlett dining hall's inception and traces how the building's function has changed along with the University's ethos in the intervening century.


November 20, 2018

A Reckoning Inside Levi Hall

By Sofia Garcia

Comic journalist Sofia Garcia Martinez explores the 1969 student protests and expulsions that rocked the University in response to an assistant professor's firing.


November 14, 2018

Chuck Flores and Dan Koehler

The Next Final Frontier: The Efforts to Save Yerkes Observatory

By Oren Oppenheim

Community groups work to continue as many of the Yerkes Observatory programs as possible.



November 8, 2018

Jeremy Lindenfeld

Treasure Island Sinks, Employees Left Without a Line

By Caroline Kubzansky and Katie Akin

Treasure Island closed on Monday, leaving many employees without jobs and locals with fewer grocery options.


October 12, 2018

University of Chicago

U of C’s Arts Block Wrangles With Neighbors, Winter Weather

By Caroline Kubzansky

“How many times have we been played about everything that comes to this community that’s supposed to be for us, that’s not supposed to push us out?”



September 21, 2018

Philip Grew

Jonathan Z. Smith (1938-2017): The College’s Iconoclastic, Beloved, Chainsmoking Dean

By Pete Grieve

President Gray: "He gave more courses than anyone I know because he really loved it."


March 23, 2018

Ben Nikodem

Decoding the Decrepit

By Ben Nikodem

Fourth-year Ben Nikodem conveys his fascination with urban landscapes and industrial decay through this illustration series.


October 29, 2017

Meera Joshi

Kafka in Visual Translation

By Meera Joshi

"Worlds that are...stripped down to an uncanny, distorted, and persistently incomplete version of what is typically perceived as reality."


October 19, 2017

Amelia Frank

It will never quite be this way again

By Amelia Frank

"There is something immediately nostalgic about a photograph."


October 5, 2017

Brooke Nagler

What Now?

By Srishti Kapur

The IOP grapples with its role in the Trump era.


May 22, 2017

Amelia Frank

'A Special Problem': The University of Chicago’s Troubled History With Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Campus Safety

By Emily Feigenbaum, Jamie Ehrlich, and Sarah Zimmerman

It is time to turn the lens inward.


May 1, 2017

Maroon File Photo

Disciplining Disruption: Inside the High-Stakes Faculty Debate

By Pete Grieve

There's an ultimatum of sorts.


April 13, 2017

Meera Joshi

Revisiting the Past

By Meera Joshi

An illustration series meant to convey the potentiality, hope, and realism that comes with the undergraduate experience.


April 6, 2017