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100 Ways You Helped: Here’s How Chicagoans Lifted Their Neighbors Through COVID-19 Pandemic

One year ago, life as we knew it was upended by a pandemic and other crises. When the systems we were used to relying on failed, Chicagoans stepped up to save each other.


In the past year, our neighborhoods faced unprecedented challenges. Folks got sick. Loved ones died. People lost jobs. Schools shuttered. Beloved mom-and-pop shops closed their doors — some for good.

We lost so much. Yet in the face of insurmountable trouble, we came together to save each other.

Now, we celebrate our neighbors, the everyday heroes who made our lives a little more bearable over the past year.

This is Chicago. And these are 100 ways we helped.

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