Behind Homan Square lies Homan Rails Farm, a beautiful garden in the center of the North Lawndale neighborhood where The Gardeneers provide the community with healthy food options and programs for youth.
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North Lawndale residents are doing many things to combat violence in the area. Their actions range from enjoying local sporting events to peace gatherings to help with relief and starting conversations, which builds a place where North Lawndale residents are able to advocate for a better life.
After 25 years, a West Humboldt Park support home for formerly incarcerated women is close to being shuttered. When Leslie Brown-Simmons became the first woman in Illinois to be granted clemency, she experienced first-hand the difficult transition out of incarceration and opened Leslie’s place in 1994, hoping to ease the process for other women.
The heavy presence of Chicago police officers in City Hall early Wednesday morning was a precursor for what #NoCopAcademy activists would face before the City Council’s 38-8 vote to approve the construction of a controversial police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park.
Imagine exiting the realities of being incarcerated — an experience that has been proven to be traumatic for a lot of people — and facing the stress of re-entering society; to wake up, go about life and not be considered a citizen despite already paying one’s debt to society. There are many people who inquire about the effects of mass incarceration; how are people affected by it and what can be done to dismantle this system?
West Side residents of the 24th and 28th wards gathered to address aldermanic candidates at a forum held at Jensen Scholastic Academy on Feb. 12.
The North Lawndale community gathered for the 4th Annual Arts Festival, Hip-Hop Revival, and Jam for Justice on August 3. People enjoyed a barbecue, bought art pieces, and watched break dancers from all corners of the city showcase their moves.
The Taste of Chicago is a large food festival, held annually in Grant Park . The event
brings a variety of food, games, vendors. For many attending, child safety could be an
underlying concern among the minds of parents.
Community groups in the greater Chinatown area announced a series of candidate forums Jan. 18 and encouraged community members to vote in the 2019 municipal election.
CPS plan to close top performing, majority black school is halted by courts, and later dropped altogether
The Visibility Project was held July 26th by Girl/Friends of a Long Walk Home in Douglas Park on Chicago’s Westside. The events purpose was to uplift and encourage Black Girls to be their true selves and comfortable in their own skin regardless of society’s negative prejudgements.
I decided to do a podcast on an overall review about Taqueria el Milagro. I brought two friends, Claritza and Bria, with me to help me eat all the food we ordered. We talked about the surroundings, the place itself, the wait, the prices, and of course the food itself. If you are ever in Little Village, Taqueria el Milagro is the place to go.
By featuring comedians from the mental health, chronic illness and disability communities, Who Dis is trying to change the landscape of comedy in Chicago.
The Majestic Gents use Chicago style steppin to educate and increase awareness of Black culture throughout the world by hosting classes, events that give exposure to Chicago’s South Side culture.
HoopsHigh has a great lineup of basketball action lined up ahead for fans this summer.
It all begins on July 25 with the inaugural dunk contest followed by the All Star Game during the 2019 Mid Summer Fun Fest.
Holmes is one of the 125 or so Black Chicagoans who suffered under the hand of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.
The CTA plays a large part in the lives of many Chicagoans. With over 1.6 million bus and train trips said to be taken on the average weekday, it's clear that the public transportation system is functioning well despite recent competition from ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber. But just how well is CTA serving its West side customers?
Many cite the Taste of Chicago as the biggest food festival in the world, with many kinds of delicious food all in one place.. For Zhen Heinemann, director of Visitors Experiences at the Taste of Chicago, it’s important to have accessibility be a main focus for the festival.
The Taste of Chicago is one of the city’s biggest family-oriented food festivals that gives the public diverse food options to enjoy. This year, the Taste of Chicago had a total of eighty-two vendors, including five-day vendors and pop-ups. Twenty-seven gave vegan options, and eleven out of the twenty-seven were just desserts, sending a message to those looking for vegan options that the Taste of Chicago may not be the festival for them.
On May 3rd, 2019, former inmate and co-founder of the apiary services company Westside Bee Boyz Thad Smith returned to the Cook County Department of Corrections where he was incarcerated to kickoff a new beekeeping program.
Kuumba Tre-Ahm Community Garden will be hosting a Food Sovereignty Action Day at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.
When Cinemas 10 Entertainment was first opened in 1997, it was the most accessible movie theater in Chicago’s North Lawndale area.
The Real Chi reporters, Naomi Haden and Kyele Nails, and Editors, Clariza Adao and Briana Higgins, sit back and talk about their experience attending the Taste of Chicago 2019. Specifically, they talk about how affordable the Taste of Chicago really is.
Several hundred community members gathered at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5608 W. Washington Blvd., for the West Side Mayoral Forum last Thursday night to hear from runoff mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle just five days before Election Day.
A typical Filipino greeting starts with “Kamusta?” (How are you?) followed by “Kumain ka na?” (Have you eaten?). It’s undeniable that food is at the center of almost every Filipino interaction and gathering. In most social events, the ever-present bilao (circular basket) of pancit (noodles) or tray of lumpia (spring rolls) is always on the table, but folks rarely talk about food beyond complimenting it or exchanging recipes.
As hundreds of Bridgeport-area parishioners walked out of St. Barbara Parish, there was no choir singing and no priest standing by the exit to bless them goodbye. Many were upset after learning of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s plans to close and merge several churches and their respective schools in Bridgeport, Canaryville and Chinatown as part of an initiative to alleviate financial strains and priest shortages.
Clariza is a Chicago native and an aspiring journalist. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2019, where she majored in Communication and minored in Gender & Women Studies.
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Tyrese is a 18 year-old Chicago native. He is a reporter at The Real Chi.
Im 17. I graduated high school in 2019. I like gaming and editing pictures and videos. My mission for The Real Chi is the get more editing experience.
I'm interested in reporting on the youth on what is being done to help kids stay off the streets
I'm 24 years old, graduate of DePaul University, and interned at Chicago Mod Magazine and WVON. I'm looking to start my journalism career on the right note.
Kelli is an aspiring journalist who was raised as a city girl on the South Side of Chicago in a home full of southern love from Montgomery, Alabama and Natchez, Mississippi. She uses her skill of journalism to shine a light on marginalized stories within her community and her college campus.
Elijah will be graduating from Benedictine University in August 2018. He has written for The Eye of the Eagle and The Spectator including sports columns and conducting one on one interviews on camera.
Ariel is an Aspiring Journalist and Film-maker and Community Activist from the westside of Chicago.