echoheader
Echo magazine satisfies our desire to uncover and share secrets through intriguing stories and engaging visuals. Just as the name implies, Echo is a reverberation of stories waiting to be heard.

 

Sources Who Have Fascinating Stories

Throughout my reporting for the three stories I am writing, I have come across sources who are not only essential to my story, but also have interesting backstories themselves. Living double lives, pursuing their passions and admitting their own faults in interviews, these sources have an edge that makes them more than traditional sources. Al Robertson, […]

Read More

A Private Investigator’s Tools of the Trade

As a private investigator, you need more than your standard trench coat and sunglasses to get an undercover case completed. Echo spoke with Perry Myers of MSI Detective Services about a few go-to tools available from the U-Spy Store that are crucial to an investigation and how and when he uses them to get the […]

Read More

A Serbian Finds a Home in America

Milos Djordjevic, 35, is a Serbian immigrant and an acoustics student at Columbia College Chicago. Within Chicago’s Eastern European community, however, he is a well-known musician, in high demand by European club owners across the country. Here he tells the story of how he became involved in music and found himself in the United States. […]

Read More

They sell what?

Woolly Mammoth is full of unusual items, many with a bizarre origin. Adam Rust, co-owner of Woolly Mammoth, shares some of their stories: Picture of Lizzie Borden on tin type Lizzie Borden was an accused axe murderer from Fall River, Massachusetts. Even though she was found not guilty, she was shunned by the townsfolk and even her sister. […]

Read More

Q&A with a Synesthete

Regi Drake, 22, is a contemporary urban and popular music major at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a synesthete who sees colors when he hears sounds. ECHO: When did you begin to blend your synesthesia and your music? RD: It was my sophomore year when I started honing in on the proper tones and really […]

Read More

Being Bold Enough to Talk to Strangers

I tend to overthink things. I reread an email 10 times before I hit send.I take 15 minutes to respond to a text because I’m contemplating what to say. These tiny decisions don’t really matter—I know that. But I’m afraid that one wrong move could have dire consequences. When I decided to do a photo […]

Read More

Behind the scenes of Marz Brewing

Marz Brewing is located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood on the South West Side. The up and coming brewery operates out of a small home on the 3300 block of South Halsted St. Echo Magazine went behind the scenes to learn about its latest beer creations and how their new brews are made. Be sure to

Read More

Q&A With A White-Hat Hacker

“I don’t spend my nights breaking into bank accounts. I do spend my nights practicing ways to break into bank accounts because I need that to do my job during the day. In order to effectively build the defenses against an attack, you have to understand the attack,” says Antonio Martinelli, a certified white-hat hacker.  Martinelli, […]

Read More

5 Things I Learned About Secrets

While trying to uncover some of Chicago’s many secrets, ranging from politics to underground tunnels to careers that take place behind the scenes, I have learned that secrets are secrets for a reason. We all have them, but in a digital age when secrets can go from unknown to viral in a matter of seconds, […]

Read More

Hold Your Tongue

Journalists are not here to make friends. Still, we have to maintain a cordial relationship with our sources, lest they stop answering our calls. But how should you respond to a source making ignorant, offensive or outlandish claims? Sometimes, the best course of action is to hold your tongue. I’ve been writing a feature about […]

Read More

A ‘Humble Heart’ helps Chicago’s homeless

Carol Boyd is the is the founder of Humble Hearts, an organization that helps Chicago’s homeless by providing food, shelter and kindness. Boyd started the organization in 2007 because she felt she had an unparalleled view of homelessness; she was once homeless herself. The organization operates out of Boyd’s home on Chicago’s Near West Side

Read More

Stories of a Private Investigator

Private Investigator Perry Myers of Chicago shared many great stories with Echo while we were working on an article for our  print issue. We weren’t able to use all of them there, so here are a few more tales from his life as a PI. Hooking Up “We [had a case] where we were watching this woman. The husband […]

Read More

Birds of a Feather

As told to Johanna Martinez  Shannon Hackett, associate curator at the Field Museum of Natural History and head of the bird division, has dedicated her life to explore the enigmatic life of birds by unlocking the stories of various feathered specimens. Echo uncovered a snippet of hers. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but curiosity also inspired […]

Read More

Dealing with Interview Anxiety

Anxiety is the absolute worst curse for a reporter. For me, it takes the form of my brain telling me I can’t make the phone calls that are essential to researching and writing a story. This is a guide for when you dial a call and the phone starts ringing, your palms begin to sweat, and panic creeps […]

Read More

How To Keep Sane When Life Gets Insane

Being in college is tough. Between juggling school full-time, a job part-time and my sanity 24/7, I sometimes feel 41 rather than 21. If this is what the professional world is like, I’ve got more than a few headaches, sleepless nights and shower-sobs à la Tobias Fünke in my future. But I’ve also learned how to manage, even when […]

Read More

5 Things I Learned About Synesthesia

While working on a story about synesthesia — a neurological condition in which the wiring between different senses are essential crossed —  I learned some fascinating things: 1. Some people believe that artist Vincent van Gogh was a vision-to-sound synesthete. In an 1882 letter to his brother, Theo, he wrote,  “Some artists have a nervous hand at drawing, which

Read More

Secret Culture: Chicago’s Serbian Music Scene

Milos Djordjevic, 35, is a Columbia College Chicago student by day and a Serbian pop star by night. To write a story about him, I knew I needed to see him in both environments, so I decided to attend one of his shows at a Polish club. The experience was a refreshing look into Chicago’s […]

Read More

Living Through the Stories of Others

I only have one tattoo. It’s small, on my left wrist: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” I got it just before I moved from Louisville, Ky., to Chicago, where I knew exactly zero people. (I also cut half a foot off my hair, but that wasn’t nerve-wracking on quite the same level.) […]

Read More

Q&A With A Ghostwriter

Most writers love to see their name printed alongside their work. But ghostwriters deliberately write under a name other than their own, foregoing fame for financial compensation. Echo asked Demien Farnworth, who wrote articles under the name of a corporate CEO, a few questions about this practice. How much does a ghostwriter make per article in Chicago? I was making about

Read More