When West Sider Told College Classmates Where She Was From, Everything Changed: ‘I Was Categorized … As Hood’
In our final story in the Folded Map "Don't Go" series, Leslie Cortez shares the pain of being treated as dangerous or lesser-than — just because of her address.
A Piano Repairman Was Told There Was A Lot Of Potential Business On The South Side. Why? Other Workers Won’t Go There: ‘You Gotta Be Kidding Me’
In Part Four of our Folded Map series, a piano repairman shares his experiences serving communities that are ignored by other contractors due to misconceptions and racism.
How This Englewood Engineer Became A Full-Time ‘Defender’ Of The South Side
When Tiana Morgan began college, she was warned to stay away from the South Side — where she was born and raised. As she rose in her career, she became dedicated to challenging harmful narratives about her community.
IIT Student Was Told Don’t ‘Go Past 35th Street.’ He Ignored The Advice — And Found Home On The South Side
Instead of making assumptions about the people living in unfamiliar and purportedly unsafe neighborhoods, one resident learned important lessons about humanity.
Her Whole Life, A North Side Shop Owner Was Told To Avoid The South Side. The Folded Map Project Helped Her Challenge That
The racial justice uprisings of 2020 inspired Adrianne Hawthorne to challenge things she was taught as a child. Now, her North Side shop promotes artists from all over the city, and she's no longer afraid of taking the "wrong" exit.