‘The protest is personal’: A family’s story in the BLM movement

Castillo's protest

By Yilin Xie Medill Reports On May 30, Mara Castillo took her daughter, Sarah Castillo, with her to downtown Chicago for a Black Lives Matter protest. “Little children were there. They could have gotten hurt,” the 13-year-old said one month after witnessing the violence and the chaos that day. “It showed that some people are […]

My Block, My Hood, My City delivers care packages to seniors for COVID-19 prevention

My Block, My Hood, My City Delivers Care Package to Seniors

By Yilin Xie Medill Reports What can you do to help your neighborhood prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Jahmal Cole, the CEO and founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, said, “Let’s take direct action.” My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago based community organization, contacted Senior Viral Response to deliver free […]

Chinese New Year celebration at Navy Pier heats up the festival vibe

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

By Yilin Xie Medill Reports The Chinese New Year Celebration at Navy Pier in Chicago gave people a great chance to explore the Chinese culture. Performances featuring Chinese traditional costume and music fueled up the festival atmosphere. The celebration, a Chinese tradition, starts around the beginning of a year on Chinese lunar calendar, which is […]

Inclusion and Diversity, Story Jam’s new show celebrating the MLK Day

MLK Day Storytelling

By Yilin Xie Medill Reports As Americans vote for their choice for president, for some voters it will be their first time to cast a ballot. And, for immigrants that first vote can take years before it becomes a reality. That was the situation for award winning story teller, Nestor Gomez, when he presented his […]

Obstacles in front of building art center with affordable space in Wicker Park

By Yilin Xie Medill Reports Alma Wieser’s plan of building an art center in Wicker Park needs to cross over many obstacles. Raising money is the first. Achieving sustainable affordability in a gentrified area is the second. Alma Wieser, the owner of Heaven Gallery, hopes to build a not-for-profit art center on North Milwaukee Avenue. […]