Natasha Nicholes holding tomatoes from her urban garden in West Pullman. Lee Edwards/Block Club Chicago

Homestead In The City? How This Chicago Mom Embraced Living Off The Land On The Far South Side

Natasha Nicholes wanted her neighbors to get out of their houses and talk to one another — and through her farm, she's made it happen.

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The Birds, The Bees And Consent: How One Chicago Classroom Navigates Evolving Sexual Education

After the revelation of widespread abuse in Chicago Public Schools, more schools are teaching the meaning and practice of consent.

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Can Art Revive South Chicago? These Artists Are Trying To Infuse New Life Into The Neighborhood

Devastated by the downturn of the steel industry, artists are working to revitalize South Chicago by transforming vacant buildings into art studios.