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Meet Juan(ito) Doe Review

I walked into the small storefront turned “story front,” and a sense of wonder immediately washed over me. Shopping carts, bikes, cortinas, altares, and chile jalapeño cans doubling as flower pots and walls were all suspended from painted grey- brick walls. The small space which I had visited before, had become an ingeniously envisioned and […]

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Seward students counter narrative in BOTY

Growing up in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood, you can expect the scent of Fabuloso or PineSol to be paired with music-especially on weekends-like it’s a ritual. “Every time I hear music coming from a house I think that their mom or their dad is making them clean or something,” said Nancy Mejia, 12. Mejia is […]

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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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TAMED: An Interview with Oaxacan artist Ricardo Angeles

Oaxacan artist, Ricardo Angeles spent the month of September working on canvases in preparation for his first solo gallery opening at Pilsen Outpost. TAMED, the show’s name is a play on the restrictions he gave himself while preparing his artwork for the show. There were days when the weather was perfect to go out and […]

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An Open Letter to Young Brown Girls Everywhere

Dear Brown Girl, You see everything. You notice people around you growing and changing, because you are perceptive. Keep that. Trust your instincts. This world will tell you that feelings are not real and that logic trumps all of that, but know that those feelings are generationally taught. You’ve inherited an eye and an instinct […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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Healing Through Art, Love & Peace Circles at PBMR

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you open the door at Art on 51st.  It is a quaint and cozy gallery space that is utilized for multiple purposes. There is a lot of noise in the room from different voices conversing as they get ready to have the  Restorative Justice Community […]

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Richards students reflect on the Hamilton musical

For some Chicago high school students, Wednesday, March 15 was not a typical day in the classroom. A long line snaked outside the Private Bank Theater downtown, where well-dressed students waited to be let inside the historic landmark.    With the support of a number funders including the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 Chicago high school students […]

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Longtime Ballet Folklorico dancers receive full rides to college

Two longtime participants in the BYNC’s Ballet Folklorico will be headed off to college on full scholarships this fall. Jasmin Roman, 18 and Pierre Manzo, 17 are both recipients of the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship. The national scholarship is awarded to applicants who have worked as golf caddies for at least two years, maintain at […]

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For immigrants, status and stigma affect mental health, few resources exist

Translated by Monica Reynoso It’s been almost 40 years since he first set foot on American soil. A young man who was only able to finish the first grade and as the oldest, had the task of supporting his family. Between going back and forth from Recoveco, Sinaloa, Mexico to Chicago, he met his wife, […]