A deep dive into how this city’s alt-weekly made it through five decades
BIPOC growers on what it’s like to urban farm on the south and west sides
I want choice, not a fistful of deeply unhelpful options wrestled, after months, from the banal, cruel system we make poor people navigate to access health care.
After a plumbing flood at the aging Logan Correctional Center, three women organized one of the first successful hunger strikes in an Illinois women’s prison in years.
The group is reexamining food distribution through a racial equity lens while fighting for long-term systemic change.
As Illinois prisons accelerated releases during the pandemic, many were forced into crowded, unmonitored residential reentry centers across Cook County.
The group rejected the mainstream gay rights movement and kept alive the spirit of radical LGBTQ+ activism.
Uptown residents say plans to sell the lot hint that the operator of Weiss Memorial, which houses an important center for transgender care, could shutter the hospital.
One McDonald’s chain in Chicago received half a million dollars in forgivable federal loans. Then came complaints of COVID-19 safety failures and a deadly outbreak.
A report by the state’s auditor general criticized the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for failing to address the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in its care.
At Casa Al-Fatiha in Logan Square, two local musicians built a sanctuary for LGBTQ asylum seekers.
For three decades, the city has failed to cope with the loss of mental health clinics. The pandemic revealed the wounds of this disinvestment.
“It sounded like the way I thought democracy was supposed to work.”
Where people want the money to go and where the money actually goes
A pilot program for participatory budgeting in Chicago Public Schools led to gender-neutral bathrooms, shower curtains in locker rooms, and students feeling empowered to influence change.