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Volunteer Coordinator supplies the heart of Community Feast Soup Kitchen

By Joshua R. Skinner
Medill Reports

Community Feast, a volunteer-run soup kitchen, has operated every Sunday in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago for the last 35 years. Unlike most soup kitchens, Community Feast serves restaurant-style meals, complete with seating and menus.

Volunteers are at the heart of that service, many of whom have given the Rogers Park area their Sunday evenings for more than a decade. Each of those volunteers is connected by Volunteer Coordinator Northa Johnson, who has refused to let time, distance, or health stop her from helping those in need.

Photo at top: Freshly cooked mealed meals have been a weekly staple at Community Feast in Rogers Park for over 35 years. (Joshua R. Skinner/MEDILL)

Erosion leaves Rogers Park residents uncertain about future of local beaches

By Joshua R. Skinner
Medill Reports

The beaches in Rogers Park are at risk of being destroyed. After years of erosion brought on by rising water levels, Chicago is racing to save what’s left of Howard, Juneway, and Rogers beaches. As an emergency measure, the city is installing armored boulders to halt further erosion, claiming the rocks are a temporary solution. But local residents aren’t so sure and fear the days of going to the beach in Rogers Park are over.

Photo at top: Rogers Beach is one of three Rogers Park beaches that are undergoing emergency construction to stop erosion.(Joshua R. Skinner/MEDILL)

New West Loop market melds cuisine from Chicago and the world

By Joshua Skinner
Medill Reports

After two years of construction, Time Out Market Chicago opened in the West Loop to crowds of hungry people. Bringing together unique flavors from across the globe, the market features 18 eateries, two Michelin-Star chefs, and an array of beverages. It’s a market for Chicago, but not of Chicago. In fact, the idea had its inception an ocean away.

Photo at Top: Maximo Beef Rib from John Manion at Time Out Market Chicago (Joshua Skinner/MEDILL)

Chicago teacher’s strike cuts short some high school athletic careers

By Joshua R. Skinner

The battle between the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) dominated Chicago’s media conversation for weeks. After an 11-day strike in October, teachers won several concessions from the CPS.

On Friday, November 15, Chicago teachers ratified a new contract that includes reduced class sizes and a nurse and social worker in every school by 2023. But while the strike made significant gains, it also ended athletic opportunities for many student-athletes.

Photo at top: A composite football lays in the grass during a player-led practice at Bogan High School. Players could not access school-issued leather footballs during the strike.(Joshua Skinner/MEDILL)