Chicago Public Libraries: Show Me The Money

By Maura Biedron

This infographic provides a visual breakdown for Chicago Public Library revenues, expenditures as well as program and grant funding for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. The data was collected from the Chicago Public Library Foundation Annual Reports. We can tell by the titles of the library programs becoming more organized throughout the years that the CPL (Chicago Public Library) system is finding ways to keep track of their expenses and programs in a more efficient manner. It also becomes clear when looking at the breakdown of program funding that increasing access to technology is very important to the CPL system.

Comparison of Chicago Public Library Funding, Expenses and Programs for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

World Cup Timeline

Match 64. Netherlands v Spain. 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, South Africa, 2010

By Maura Biedron

This timeline takes a look at some of the significant times throughout the history of the World Cup. Starting in the year 1930 when the first World Cup took place through the year 1986 when Diego Maradona punched the ball into the goal dubbing it the “Hand of God”.

Sports Data: Barry Bonds Home Runs & White Sox Attendance


By Maura Biedron

This interactive graphic shows the number of home runs made by Barry Bonds each year from 1986-2007.

Throughout Barry’s career, he played for two major league teams. The first being the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986-1992. Then he was traded to the San Fransisco Giants where he spent the rest of his career as a major league baseball player.

In 2001 Barry beat Mark McGwire’s record with the highest home runs in a season with 73 home runs. Overall, Barry holds the record for highest home runs with a total of 762 followed by Hank Aaron who has 755 runs.

In 2005 when Barry had his all time low of 5 home runs in a season, it was due to a knee injury that lead to numerous surgeries and ample recovery time.

After his record breaking career, and a widespread scandal in the baseball community he was investigated for steroid use. In 2007 he was indited for lying in front of the grand jury.



By Maura Biedron

This interactive chart shows attendance at Chicago White Sox games from 1980-2016.

In more recent years, after their success in the 2005 world series bringing home the championship, we can see that attendance is steadily declining with a stagnation the last two seasons 2015 and 2016.

Prior to this steady decline in attendance there are a few notable seasons with very high attendance. The first being 1991, which was when the new Comiskey Park opened its doors. Attendance jumped from roughly 2 million to 2.9 million in one season due to the opening of Comiskey. Not only did the team have a new stadium to play in, but in 1991 the former White Sox owner, Bill Veeck was inducted into the baseball hall of fame.

The second year that stands out is 2006 with a total of 3 million attendees for the season. In 2005 they had won the world series for first time since 1917. This success in the 2005 season spilled over into their attendance for 2006 when fan loyalty was at an all time high.

Now, the Chicago White Sox have their steadily declining attendance in addition to constant stadium name changes. Their lack of attendance and money has forced the team to rename Comiskey Park a few times in hopes to gain some profit from the contracts. The stadium’s most current name was changed from U.S. Cellular Field, to Guaranteed Rate Field . The team needs to see some major improvements to keep and regain their fan loyalty, especially after the Cubs world series championship this past 2016 season.

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in Chicago with Great Ratings

By Maura Biedron

This interactive map is of 12 vegan or vegetarian restaurants in the city of Chicago that have a four star rating or higher. According to the ratings, Upton’s Breakroom in West Town is the place to be. Upton’s Breakroom has a rating of 4.9. From the pictures the food looks delicious and according to this blog review of the restaurant, it tastes as good as it looks.

Another restaurant to keep tabs on, is the second place winner with a rating of 4.7, Kitchen 17. This vegan cafe boasts a widely popular deep dish pizza as well as many other menu offerings ranging from American to middle-eastern cuisine. The cafe is BYOB and has no corkage fee, which is hard to find in the city.

Apart from Upton’s Breakroom and Kitchen 17 most of the restaurants had ratings in the low fours. Karyn’s is the lowest being a four. This list of vegan/vegetarian restaurants is based on high ratings, so Karyn’s shouldn’t get the short end of the stick based on a rating of four out of five. This cafe has a fresh juice bar, specialty shop and a casual cafe offering a wide variety of vegan foods.

It seems there is no shortage of delicious vegan and vegetarian options throughout Chicago. The northern neighborhoods around lakeview have a a few options. The western neighborhoods have the most options around west town and wicker park. South loop has quite a few places to choose from as well. It is nice to see that vegan and vegetarian options are not underrepresented in the city of Chicago.

Fan of Craft Breweries? California’s Where it’s at.

By: Maura Biedron

Choropleth-Map of Brewery density per state.

Choropleth-Map of Brewery Density Per State.

This interactive map combines data from the Brewers Association to provide an interactive tool to find how many craft breweries are in each state. This data was retrieved from the Brewers association database for 2015.

California leads the way with a total of 518 craft breweries throughout the state, making it a great place to visit or live if you love breweries. Washington and Colorado are not too far behind with a total of 305 and 285 breweries respectively. These three states are popular places for hipsters according to this article from cbs. Multiple cities in California, Boulder, Colorado and Seattle are all ranked for being in the top 19 cities for hipsters. Do breweries bring all the hipsters to the yard? Am I reaching for a correlation? Possibly, I like to think they correlate at least slightly.

A few states that should jump on the brewery bandwagon are Mississippi and North Dakota, which are in the single digits for craft brewery counts. Mississippi claiming eight breweries and North Dakota with a total of nine. Breweries are a great tool for increasing tourism and economic growth of the state. Craft breweries are on the rise and according to this article from Forbes, it is a lucrative business aiming for quality over quantity.

Google Trends: Impact of Game of Thrones on HBO

By: Maura Biedron
Game of Thrones and HBO

Most of us are aware of the popularity Game of Thrones has gained over the last few years. What I investigated was the number of searches for Game of Thrones and how they interacted with the number of searches for HBO in the United States during the last 12 months. It is visualized in this graph that the number of searches for Game of Thrones at the start of season 6 seemed to have a strong impact on the number of searches for HBO. Not only did it have a seemingly strong impact at the beginning of the season, throughout the season HBO had more searches than the rest of the year which were fairly steady. It is clear in the graph that during the season there were significantly more searches for Game of Thrones compared to the rest of the year which had similar consistent numbers to HBO. What was slightly surprising about the search trends of Game of Thrones was that the numbers at the end of season 6 were much higher than that at the beginning of the season.

Google Trends: Trump vs. Trudeau

By: Maura Biedron

Donald Trump or Justin Trudeau?
Who was searched more frequently in Canada in 2016?

Despite Justin Trudeau being the Prime Minister of Canada and making decisions that impact their country greatly in 2016, Donald Trump was searched for more frequently throughout Canada. With the exception of only a few dates in March and May of 2016 when Trudeau beat Trump’s searches. It is quite interesting that in March 2016, Trudeau visited the White House and May 2016, had a series of important meetings in Ottawa. Despite these instances of Trudeau being searched more than Trump, it is clear in the graph that the searches for Trudeau were only slightly more than that of Trump. Trump held a steady pace of search counts throughout the months leading up to the election. Following the steady pace of search counts was the skyrocketing search numbers seen during the presidential election week in the US. While it is understood that the President of the United States is a very important public figure throughout the world, it is still intriguing that a country can be more interested in searching for then President Elect, now President of the United States than its’ own leader. This graph is telling of how much media coverage this past election cycle received, even in countries other than the US.