Culture

Pilsen celebrates "Day of the Dead," honors young victims

Two St. Procopius students were killed by their father last month. Pilsen's Mexican Catholic community remembers loved ones lost in the past year during its Dia de los Muertos celebration.

almost 6 years ago | Kate Gardiner

Daley touts green infrastructure

The city’s green programs have helped cut water consumption by 15 percent since 2000, the mayor says. The technologies capture stormwater that would otherwise increase flooding and pollute waterways.

almost 6 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Turning ordinary people into art patrons

Commissioning works of art is usually thought of as a pastime of the super-rich or art connoisseurs. But a new exhibition in Hyde Park is challenging that notion by cultivating art patrons from the community.

almost 6 years ago | Megan Cottrell

Artist restoring her past in Hyde Park

Weather and repairs have diminished a once vibrant mural in Hyde Park. The artist who originally painted it back in the early 1970s is painstakingly restoring it.

almost 6 years ago | Kate Gardiner

Volunteer group helps birds navigate the Loop

Thousands of migratory birds collide with Loop skyscrapers every year. Volunteers with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors arise at the crack of dawn to rescue the injured ones.

almost 6 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Residents rally around the Bronzeville Community Market

Bronzeville residents find locally-grown produce and natural food products at a community farmer's market that has become a weekly gathering spot.

almost 6 years ago | Dee Johnson

Chicago's Kenyans, Ethiopians celebrate ties to elite marathoners

Chicago's East African community is preparing to cheer on the elite Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who will be running - and likely dominating - in Sunday's Chicago marathon.

almost 6 years ago | Mary Brophy

Program helps older adults reach computer literacy

For the past six years, a community technology center in the Austin neighborhood has helped older adults learn to navigate the requirements of a computerized world.

almost 6 years ago | Craig Kanalley

Kerouac manuscript on display at Columbia College

The 120-foot scroll of paper on which Jack Kerouac typed the draft of his 1957 book "On the Road" is on display at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.

almost 6 years ago | Robert O'Connor

"Chicago 10" showcase mulls over controversy

Area residents can go to the Chicago Cultural Center to watch and discuss the film "Chicago 10," which deals with a tumultuous time in Chicago and American history. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

6 years ago | Raven Moore

City Farm grows jobs, knowledge and tomatoes

A mile and a half from Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, in a neighborhood once known for crime and decay, a vacant city-owned lot yields heirloom tomatoes and some of the best local produce in town.

6 years ago | Mary Brophy

Exploring the Chicago River's wild side

On a sunny, breezy afternoon, 20 urban voyagers gather to canoe a four-mile stretch of the North Branch of the Chicago River and receive some basic lessons in water ecosystems.

6 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Teens play for laughs at improv fest

Aspiring teenage improv comedy actors from Chicago and around the state will gather tonight for the second annual Teen Comedy Festival at the South Shore Cultural Center.

6 years ago | Amy Crider

South Side rowing club keeps its oars in the water, despite financial uncertainty

The center's free rowing instruction has opened the sport, a staple of elite East Coast prep schools, to students from diverse South Side neighborhoods.

6 years ago | Regan Crisp

Garden Walk celebrates the art of urban gardening

Lincoln Square's annual "Garden Walk" highlights the urban landscaping skills of 22 local gardeners, paired with a "Green Fair" where residents can learn the art of living green.

6 years ago | Megan Cottrell

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