Kevin Beverley, a Grayslake native and Cirque du Soleil performer, teaches students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts in West Town. Beverley graduated from the school in 2009. Dan Rest/Provided

He Made It To Cirque Du Soleil — And Returned To His Chicago Arts School To Teach And Honor His Roots

"I'm sharing a bit of what I left Chicago to do," said Chicago Academy for the Arts grad Kevin Beverley, who will be perform with Cirque du Soleil this spring.

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Grief Camp Helps Chicago Kids Find Community, Heal From Trauma After Losing Loved Ones To Violence

Camp Sheilah was started by Kevin Doyle, who was a teenager when his mother was murdered in a 1993 robbery in Palos Park. It helps kids heal while remembering their lost loved ones.

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West Side Group Wins $300,000 Grant For Program That Helps Young Men At Risk Of Violence Become Local Leaders

The grant will allow MAAFA Redemption Project to rehab a building to house more men in the program, which provides job training, counseling and mentorship.

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Here’s Where You Can Vote Early And Safely Drop Off Vote-By-Mail Ballots In Chicago (MAP)

Early voting will kick off Oct. 1 and officials will start sending out vote-by-mail ballots Sept. 24.