Swiping into new trends in millennial dating

By Haley Velasco Following a heated election cycle and the end of the holiday season, millennial daters are looking for love. According to data from an online dating app and professional matchmakers, there are trends that have been shifting in millennial dating, especially in terms of dating parameters and methods of finding relationships. There were […]

How homeless Chicago teens are using social media to communicate

By Haley Velasco Correction: The original version of this story published on March 9 incorrectly identified the makers of the Streetlight app. The app was not created by the City of Chicago. Streetlight is a joint project created and managed by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Youth Futures and the Young Invincibles, with grant […]

Six South Side teens spark activism using social media

By Haley Velasco Angered by police violence against the black community, six young black women decided to found a group in 2016 to make their voices heard and to take action. The four original members, who are high school students, Natalie Braye from Francis W. Parker School, Sophia Byrd from Whitney M. Young Magnet High […]

Lakeview trans protest draws criticism over representation

By Haley Velasco To protect transgender rights, hundreds of people protested in Lakeview on February 25. Protesters gathered in the 7-Eleven parking lot at 3407 N. Halsted St. The event featured speakers, including LGBT activists and local politicians, before marching down North Halsted Street in protest. Despite the few hundred that showed, many chose to […]

Millennials contribute to Chicago’s climb as a bike-friendly city

By Haley Velasco Molly Russell, 26 years old, who is new to Chicago, rides her bike from Lakeview down Lake Shore Drive to get downtown for school. “I can just hop downtown with a really easy ride. No stress,” Russell said. “I’m really impressed by the transportation around Chicago. … It has not been quite […]

South Side non-profit helps Chicago homeless teens

By Haley Velasco Josh, 21 years old, wears dark sunglasses inside and a Cleveland Cavaliers snapback hat on his head. He aspires to be a fashion designer. “I want to go to school for fashion design,” Josh said. “I want to be like a black Tommy Hilfiger. … That’s the type of person that I […]

Nonprofit bike shop thrives thanks to boost from the city

Youth employed at nonprofit bike shop

By Haley Velasco Feb. 14 Update: We have added a documentary to this story which features student Freddy Mercado and David Pohlad in the bike shop. If you walk down Sawyer Avenue in Albany Park, you’ll pass a shop with a glass storefront displaying multi-colored bikes hanging from the walls and the ceiling. Inside that shop, […]

Thousands of Chicago millennials turn out for protests

By Haley Velasco Thousands of millennials turned out in Chicago to attend multiple protests throughout the weekend. On Friday, multiple activist groups, including student and political organizations, joined together to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, which took place earlier that day in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, an estimated 250,000 people attended the Women’s […]