Our Roots Planted Again and Again

  Eduardo Arocho on Division Street Brilliant, warming sunshine. Gurgling breeze. Alexander von Humboldt looks westward out over the park, and the gathering morning clouds. He stares from his perch, where he has stood for well over 100 years in the park that took his name. Long ago the park became a magnet, drawing together [...]

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Written by on July 7, 2014

Let’s Boogie Back in Time and Then Across Chicago

  What: A funky show at the DuSable Museum, opening Friday. June 27th What Else:We stroll through German, Polish and Puerto Rican communities on Saturday, June 28th   Here we go. So stay in step. We’re traveling way back. Back to when Valerie Brown romped with Josie and the Pussy Cats. Back to when the [...]

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Written by on June 25, 2014

An Injustice Remembered

After the Saturday morning cooking class, an adventure in Japanese cuisine, Kiyo Yoshimura travels back in time, back to when she was 17 years old, back 73 years ago. It’s a journey she has taken often these last few years, a journey she especially wants others to hear about because of what happened to Japanese-Americans [...]

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Written by on June 19, 2014

The hunger for the truth- el hambre de la verdad

In Cuba where Joani Sanchez has been a blogger and now the spirit of an online newspaper, she survives by innovation. By carefully choosing her words. By talking about the price of potatoes instead of the price of human rights lost. By reaching out to others and beyond Cuba to insure that if something happens [...]

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Written by on June 11, 2014

Mending A Broken City: saving Chicago’s houses

    Maybe only those without sight or heart fail to see the ghosts on Chicago’s streets. The houses that weep, their windows gaping sores. We live in a city where  housing zombies multiply day and night. There were at least 3,200 zombie homes by 2011- homes that sit empty after a foreclosure, according to [...]

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Written by on May 30, 2014

We Are The World: a doorway to tours and dining in global chicago

  We are the world. Indeed. So you don’t think so? Meander through neighborhoods where the signs tell you about a place far away Or visit a high school where they speak 70 languages Or spend an summer in a park where they cook out in every language and every cuisine and when they are [...]

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Written by on May 29, 2014

The Walled City: Chicago, Race and Housing

Where you live is always a badge of identity. But here in Chicago, the badge may have greater importance than elsewhere, as this video and the accompanying article from the Atlanic explain. An unwelcomed badge, that is. But before you weigh into the article, and its excellent use of details, graphs and maps, I wonder [...]

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Written by on May 27, 2014

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