Open art studio offers sexual assault survivors healing in Ravenswood

oil pastels making matters

By Carolyn Talya Cakir There is a still that settles around the room as people begin to create. Surrounded by art created by sexual assault survivors, eight people sit at two fold-out tables in the center of The Awakenings Foundation art gallery in Ravenswood. They are participating in Making Matters, an open art studio session […]

Anti-abortion protesters sing holiday songs outside clinics

Anti-abortion carolers

By Carolyn Talya Cakir It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday. Most young adults would be sleeping in, enjoying their weekend. Not the members of Pro-Life Future, who gathered outside Family Planning Associates Medical Group to protest abortion through song. “Today, we’re Christmas caroling for babies,” says Pro-Life Future-Chicago leader Meghan Meehan. Family Planning Associates is […]

Carving out space for funny girls in Wicker Park


By Carolyn Cakir Chicago is a mecca for comedy lovers and comedians.  But many female comedians lament the fact that comedy is still very much a boys club, and they  face gender discrimination at traditional open mic nights across the city. Comedian Elyse Nylin decided to fight against that and created a females-only open mic […]