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A Lollapalooza Loophole In Lighfoot’s Curfew To Crack Down On Crime Has Youth Asking: Who Is Downtown For?

Youth organizers are outraged a clause in the curfew crackdown would exempt teens coming home from ticketed events. And they say discouraging teens from the places they feel safe Downtown will only make violence worse.


George Floyd Murals Find Permanent Home In West Side Vacant Lot Turned Community Garden

The murals, which were painted on plywood from boarded-up storefronts, have been turned into a permanent installation at the Sounding Boards Garden.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

More Than A Year After Looting, Auburn Gresham Jewel-Osco Reopens With Space For South Shore Drill Team

The store at 9400 S. Ashland has been fully remodeled and upgraded after closing in June 2020.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

At Drag March For Change, Activists Say Fight For Black Trans Justice Must Continue — Starting In Northalsted

"I'm tired of these bars on North Halsted dragging their feet on things we have told them they need to improve on to make their businesses better for everyone," said one organizer. "It still feels like the same old Boystown."

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Black Photographers Documented The Fight Against Police Violence. 1 Year Later, Their Work Becomes Art: ‘We Can Tell Our Own Stories’

"Black Creativity: Art and Activism," a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, features work by photographers Vashon Jordan Jr. and Chris and Zachary Slaughter.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City’s Plan To Deter Looting Kept Residents Up All Night — With Recycling Trucks Idling For Days, Neighbors Say

The city sent Streets and Sanitation workers to "protect" businesses from potential looters in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict. Wicker Parkers, kept up for days by the trucks, wondered, "What is a guy in a recycling truck going to do?"

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

National Guard Coming To Chicago Tuesday As City Prepares For Derek Chauvin Verdict

Mayor Lori Lightfoot requested the guardsmen. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on and killed George Floyd last summer.


Organizers Turn Looted Office Into Pilot For West Side Black History Museum

"We were trying to understand the mindset of why this would happen," said Ralph Hopkins. "We attribute it to a lack of understanding exactly who we are as a people, our culture."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lightfoot Says Raising Bridges This Summer Was ‘Right Decision’ — And Doesn’t Rule Out Doing It Again

"If there is a need, and that need is justified, I'm not going to hesitate to use any tool that is necessary to keep our residents and our businesses safe," Lightfoot said.


Police Accused Of Beating Protesters Avoided Consequences By Hiding Badge Numbers, Not Turning On Cameras: Report

Investigators face "enormous" obstacles in trying to look into police misconduct from the unrest because so many officers hid their identifying information or didn't wear body cameras, violating policy.


Even Police Thought Raising Chicago’s Bridges Was A Bad Idea During Unrest, Watchdog Finds

There was no advanced planning around raising the bridges, officials testified. And officers beat protesters, escalating violent clashes, the report found.


Chicago Police Failed On Every Level When Responding To Protests, Unrest Over George Floyd Slaying, Watchdog Finds

The investigation found the Police Department's response was "marked, almost without exception, by confusion and lack of coordination."


West Side Leaders Hosting ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ About Systemic Racism: ‘We Have To Get On The Same Page’

The virtual events will be a series of frank conversations about what racism is and how it still impacts Black people in Chicago.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Announces ‘Racial Healing’ Campaign To Help Residents Reconnect, Learn From One Another

The city is encouraging residents to have candid conversations and virtual healing circles about race as part of its Together We Heal campaign.


60 Protesters Sue City, Alleging Chicago Police Abused Them ‘Without Justification’ At Summer Protests

The lawsuit includes graphic photos and video screenshots of the alleged abuse. A city spokesperson said "these are allegations at this stage and not proof."


Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says

Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Immigrant’s Beauty Supply Shops Were Looted In Chicago And Destroyed By Unrest In Ferguson — But He’s Not Giving Up

What happened to Gus Safi's stores wasn't a betrayal, but a plea for change, he said. When people told him to leave Chicago, he scoffed. "This is the city that raised me. It taught me everything."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

In ‘Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution,’ South Side Photographer Captures A Summer Of Black Resistance

Photographer Vashon Jordan Jr., who took 17,000 photos at protests over the summer, said we are living in a historic time. "They’ve been comparing this to 1968 ... We have to get out here, boots on the ground, and document what’s happening."

Roseland, Pullman

Buses, Trains Shouldn’t Be Shut Down If There Are Election Protests, Transit Advocates Say

The city shut down the CTA multiple times this summer, and it hasn't promised to keep it open if there are Election Day protests. But activists said that disproportionately impacts Black and Latino travelers.


South Side Activist Makes Musical Debut With THIS LOVE THING: A Call For Police Reform In The Wake Of George Floyd

Rami Nashashibi, executive director of Chicago's Inner-city Muslim Action Network, created the album with Drea d'Nur. Their work culminated in an album that's a call to action and an act of defiance, the two said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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