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In 2012, Pastor Corey Brooks spent 94 days living on a motel roof. He only came down for two funerals, which happen often in his community. He was protesting the motel owners, who were involved in local sex trafficking and gang violence that had a stronghold on his South Side Chicago community. Brooks’ goal was to convince the owners to sell the property and end the illicit activities.
UPTOWN — Large red signs that read “now leasing” and “move-in now” border the building that once was Graeme Stewart Elementary School in Uptown.
The school’s name is still inscribed on the top of the entrance at 4525 N. Kenmore Ave., but now a black fence with an intercom system and cameras line the perimeter of the property.
The building is seeing a new life as Stewart School Lofts, which opened in April 2018 after sitting vacant for three years when Stewart was shut down by CPS.
After seven years of planning, Humboldt Park now has a new homeless housing and services center that will bring resources and opportunities to vulnerable people in Chicago. La Casa Norte’s $20 million, five-story building at 3533 W. North Avenue officially opened on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, reception, and tours of the space.
NORTH LAWNDALE — Seven years ago, Lisa D. Daniels’ son was murdered in suburban Park Forest.
Like anyone who loses a child to violence, she was consumed with grief and anger. But when her son’s killer was arrested, she made a decision: she was going to seek peace and forgiveness. She ended up advocating for the man who killed her son in court, asking the judge to be lenient in sentencing.
Dean Hervochon dispenses words of advice like they are business cards.
He is the guy who knows everything, as his friends tell him, and he's not full of cliche mottos, either—they all come from personal experience. His knowledge, business experience and connections have reaped benefits in his past careers, his current work and his future endeavors—because in his 50s, he is not done sharing what he has learned.
he thrift shop's latest addition to its display windows has one holiday angel made out of red cloth for a dress, a pearl necklace, Christmas lights and tree branches—all used items from the store. These often ignored or discarded materials can create a piece of art that people will stop to look at and react on, according to Mireya Fouche, merchandise manager at Monarch, which is known for its efforts in restorative justice, helping disadvantaged communities and reducing recidivism.
With 25 permanent supportive apartments on the upper floors, a community space, administrative offices, a Howard Brown Health clinic, a commercial kitchen and cafe, a food pantry, a rooftop garden, a courtyard and even a small stage for showcasing art, the new building is like its own community.
Nonprofit arts and education group QUEER, ILL AND OKAY brought a neglected component of Cuban history to the mainstage with a screening and panel discussion on Los Frikis, a group of Cuban punk rockers in the late '80s who intentionally contracted the HIV virus to be put into state-run sanatorium camps.
Would you take psychedelic mushrooms with your mom and then document it? For actress, writer and millennial Rivka Rivera, the answer is yes. Whether you’re a writer, a psychonaut, a psychotherapist, scientist or an artist, this project brings these worlds together in a truly millennial manner: sharing the experience through a crafted lens.
Rivera, who’s based in New York and has appeared on TV shows like ABC’s “Firelight” and “Switched at Birth,” is using her talents to document a life-alteri...
As gentrification seeps into various Chicago communities, affordable housing sits on the opposite side of the table, especially in the design and architectural communities. The American Institute of Architects' ( AIA ) Chicago chapter is launching an affordable housing competition for architects to submit designs to create affordable starter homes to help fight rising rent costs, displacement in gentrifying areas and use undervalued property.
Architecture is gaining diversity from women and minority professionals.
In 2016, 36 percent of newly licensed architects were women and 15 percent of new architects and 30 percent of new exam candidates identified as non-white, according to demographics from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) also saw an increase in African-American and women members, according to its 2015 study, "Diversity in the Profession of Architecture."
Hosting an exhibit highlighting the connections between design and cycling was an idea thrown around for a couple of years at the Design Museum of Chicago but it didn’t come to fruition until this year. For Lauren Boegen, curator of the museum’s new pop up exhibit “Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture,” showcasing bike culture and its relationship to design, seemed to fit the spirit of 2018.
It’s midday and stomachs are grumbling for lunch. For those who follow a vegan diet, finding food at restaurants can be difficult, but less so in Chicago. The city boasts more than 40 vegan restaurants to choose from, including the popular Chicago Diner, Native Foods and Upton’s Breakroom, which are known for classic veggie-based grub.
Chicago is just one city seeing a surge in veganism.
Too many times, people only think of Italian food as pizza and pasta. But like any other culture, Italian cuisine has remarkable variety. The country hosts immense diversity, history and tradition that have all contributed to its status as a culinary haven. Now there’s even more reason to love Italian cuisine in Chicago: The Polenta Bar.
One of Lincoln Park’s most-visited themed parks is getting a makeover this month.
It’s the first time the whole baseball field is getting redone in about 20 years, according to Judy Johanson, president of the Oz Park Advisory Council.