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Chicago’s Seapunked Digital Sea: Tales of Contemporary Chicago Nightlifers

Chicago’s Seapunked Digital Sea: Tales of Contemporary Chicago Nightlifers

Every Wednesday night the Chicago Beauty Bar hosts a party called Mainframe that flies under the banner of an internet movement known as seapunk. If one were to walk by the venue, located a stone’s throw from the city’s Blue Line Chicago stop, he or she might encounter a rogue group of oddly familiar cigarette […]

Struggle for safety: EPA commits to resolving Pilsen pollution

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Struggle for safety: EPA commits to resolving Pilsen pollution

After being stonewalled by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway company, the EPA will be seeking a warrant from the courts to clean up toxic land on the railway’s property that tested for lead content as high as 23,000 parts per million, the highest level of lead contamination seen in Pilsen yet and more than […]

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Englewood grows green, but faces challenges with urban agriculture

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Englewood grows green, but faces challenges with urban agriculture

Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid a visit to Growing Home community garden in Englewood on May 1 to celebrate the kickoff of the garden’s farm stand that will provide fresh food to the community’s residents every Wednesday through spring and summer. [pullquote]Slideshow from Growing Home[/pullquote] The Mayor’s visit highlights the growing initiatives being implemented to combat […]

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Lead pollution in Pilsen takes new form

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Lead pollution in Pilsen takes new form

Every so often, Sallie Gordon, driving force behind the Growing Station Community Garden group in Pilsen, goes to an abandoned lot located near the garden between Peoria Street and Cullerton Street, only a block away from the Walsh School, to pick up trash. Gordon has taken it upon herself to take care of the small […]

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Activists gather to raise climate awareness

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Activists gather to raise climate awareness

In a week marked by the coldest night of the year and an evening of warm torrential rains, the Chicago Headline Club convoked to discuss the inevitability of climate change with a group of expert panelists. Early in February, scientists and science journalists gathered at the Cactus Bar and Grill, 404 S. Wells St., to […]

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South Asian Voters Bridge Civic Barriers

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South Asian Voters Bridge Civic Barriers

South Asian Americans gathered all over Chicago on Nov. 3 for early presidential voting, many of them voting for their first time. The South Asian-American voter block is part of the most rapidly proliferating populations in the United States. But despite the increasing prominence of the South-Asian population, language barriers and other obstacles are drastically […]

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Chicago Artists Month Unifies Art Lovers

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Chicago Artists Month Unifies Art Lovers

The location of the destination art studios was hardly conspicuous. Moving through the back allies of buildings located in a Chicago industrial pocket on Cermak Street outside of Chinatown, it became clear that many of Chicago’s art studios aren’t located in ornamented buildings. But with a little bit of effort, observation and the signaling murmur […]

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