Stories

Giving Thanks Chicago Style

What does Thanksgiving mean for you? Last night, I received a pleasant reminder on what Turkey day and everyday should mean. I was walking home after some holiday grocery shopping. When I was a couple of blocks away from home, I received a call from my front door...

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BUILD Chicago: BUILDing A Better Tomorrow

“BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.”-- BUILD Chicago’s Website BUILD (Broader Urban...

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Taking time to reflect before rising again

One of the most important ways to improve and enjoy life is having the ability to reflect and adjust. Here at Chicago Rises, we are doing just that. You haven't heard from us in a little bit, but we assure you we are not going anywhere! We've been listening to...

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A Community Writing and Tutoring Center

Located on N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park is a store called ‘Secret Agent Supply Co.’ The store carries a unique inventory. Most all the items in the store are meant to spark a person’s curiosity and creativity. The store location is shared with 826CHI, a...

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Chicago Gardening

If you've ever taken a stroll through a Chicago neighborhood park, you may have noticed small patches of plant and soil with wood built around it; a "mini garden." These mini gardens are actually called "pop-up victory gardens" and have been sprouting all over Chicago...

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Mainstreaming Nonviolence: Find Your Power

Chicago and all of its glory can feel overwhelming sometimes. There's so much going on, there are so many people going so many places and the areas in need of improvement are never ending. The problems that plague this great city may seem far too advanced and...

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Combating Hate with Hope

Hate is not a new or isolated issue. On July 2, 1999 Ricky Byrdsong, husband and father of three, was murdered by a white supremacist. As the former Men’s Basketball Coach at Northwestern University, his love for sports translated into his work of helping young people...

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