For a family who lost a baby, love keeps them moving on

By Yunyi (Jessie) Liu Medill Reports Anne Street set a wall of five  clocks at home to the moment of her marriage and the birth times of each of her four children. The accuracy of the time can be calculated in seconds. Her eldest son George, 7, excitedly pointed to the clock with the time of […]

West Side substance abusers find an oasis for free treatment

By Yunyi (Jessie) Liu Medill Reports Nichelle Groves hesitated for a while before entering the door near the intersection of Lake Street and Sacramento Boulevard. Since her insurance wouldn’t cover any more inpatient hospital care after a month, Groves followed a recommendation to the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, though she didn’t really believe she could get […]

South Side wellness salon makes acupuncture affordable to more people

By Yunyi (Jessie) Liu Medill Reports Haji Healing Salon in Hyde Park, about a 15-minutey bus ride from the Red Line, can be challenging to find without help from a friend. But customers entered the salon steadily on a recent Sunday morning and salon owner Aya-Nikole Cook greets them as they arrive. “It’s such a beautiful place,” says Khadijah Kysia, an acupuncturist at the salon who lives in Humboldt Park on the West Side. When Cook […]

80 floors, 1,634 steps, and more than $629,000 for kids


By Yunyi(Jessie) Liu Medill Reports More than 2,500 people climbed the 80 flights to the top of the Aon Center, the city’s third tallest skyscraper, to help children battling illness and families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The annual “Step Up for Kids” event  on Sunday earned $629,772.52 up […]

One year after inauguration, self care becomes indispensable for some

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By Yunyi(Jessie) Liu Medill Reports Chicago Public School teacher Erika Woaniak, who works in Oriole Park Elementary School in West Town, said she has relieved her guilt regarding many of President Donald Trump’s positions through stepped-up self care. ”I used to think I should have been out knocking on doors for a candidate who is an […]