Brian Nordli

Brian Nordli is a freelance journalist based in Chicago, where he writes about social issues, immigration and culture. Before returning to his hometown, he worked at a newspaper in Las Vegas covering crime, education and the city’s desert denizens. He recently spent more than a year teaching English in South Korea and traveling Europe and Asia. He hasn't been able to shake his craving for kimchi since.

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Follow Your Ears to the Best Mexican Food in Chicago

Marcos Carbajal’s Chicago restaurant is known for their carnitas, but seared into the crispy, tender bits of pork […]

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Chicago Program Knits Together a Community of Refugee Women

Batool Al Waeli concentrates as she pierces a needle through folded sheets of paper on a February afternoon. […]

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Regal Family Business is an American Dream Come True

Mita Shewakramani can still remember her first sale for her father’s sari shop. She was six years old, […]

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Get More Than Games at Your Friendly Local Game Store

It’s Wednesday night and the crowd has just started to arrive at Chicago’s local game store, Dice Dojo. […]

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This Company Helped Push Vegan Food Into the Mainstream

When Daniel Staackmann first decided to go vegan at 15 years old, his meal options were limited. He […]

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Why Libraries Are More Important Now Than Ever

It’s almost 4 p.m. on a November Monday, and a very un-library-like scene is unfolding inside Chicago’s Harold […]

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Building the Best Haunted House, According to Science

The sun is setting on Friday, Oct. 13, and the deranged mutants inside the Realm of Terror are […]

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How Yoga Helps People Recover from Trauma

Breathe in. Victoria Andrade felt like her body was betraying her.    Three years ago on October 19, Andrade […]

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How Climate Change Hurts Our Economy

If greenhouse gas emissions remain the same, the U.S. could be facing steep economic losses and more inequality […]

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Upwardly Global Connects Refugees with Careers

Three years ago, Almothana Alhamoud fled Syria and arrived in Chicago in December desperate for work. He marched […]

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How Food Banks are Changing with the Economy

Every morning at 7 a.m., the Greater Chicago Food Depository becomes a hive of activity. Fleets of trucks […]

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A Day in the Life of a Private Investigator

The Case Inside professional investigator Tony Quintana’s Chicago office on a Tuesday afternoon, the only sound is the […]