What Chicagoans want to share
Our vision is to change the conversation in Chicago to focus on the positives of the city and its residents. Chicago Rises is a place to connect.
We want to foster an interactive community of fellow Chicagoans that shares information and resources with the common goal of improving our city and communities. From individuals to organizations, we are all neighbors, and we all have the ability to help make Chicago better.
In the heart of Ravenswood, between an art center and a furniture store, sits a nondescript building with a small sign out front that reads “Heartland Alliance Human Care.” While the sign may be small, the impact this organization has on Chicago is something much,...read more
Chicago street and transit performers lift the spirits of commuters through song, dance and instrumental performances to create a relaxing atmosphere in some of the busiest areas of Chicago. David Russell of the Red Line Lounge Band and street performer and guitar...read more
In the fall of 2016, Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts reopened as an open – enrollment, arts high school. Now a level one high school located in the heart of Washington Park, Dyett High School of the Arts was born out of both struggle and compromise, as...read more
How great would it be if the world was one big “Step Up” movie, where all conflicts can be resolved through dancing your feelings away? You’re right, it would be amazing! Thanks to one non-profit, this idea is not so far-fetched to many young people in Chicago....read more
While it is easy to get caught up in the current political climate, there are individuals who rise up and push to enact change. Rhea Mahanta is one of those individuals. Mahanta, a graduate student at the University of Chicago currently pursuing her master’s degree in...read more
The CPSchools’ Professionals Series is a collection of experiences lived and relayed by teachers and education professionals who work in Chicago public schools. Here, teachers, guidance counselors, specialists, coaches, administration, and other professionals in CPS...read more
It’s officially gardening season, and all around the city, Chicagoans are out tending to their plants. We all know the benefits of gardening: getting outside, engaging in moderate physical exercise, and, of course, growing your own veggies. Through the...read more
Pablo Picasso. Vincent van Gogh. Frida Kahlo. Three of the most renowned painters of all time transformed years, and decades, of pain into the most iconic paintings in history. In Chicago, Awakenings encourages their artists to do the same. Awakenings empowers...read more
Being a mentor can be incredibly rewarding on both ends, but as many professionals know, time is a valuable commodity. Spark, a career exploration and self-discovery program that brings middle-schoolers to local companies and organizations, has found a way to combat...read more