Stories by Ariel Parrella-Aureli

Chicago Yoga Community Remembers Teacher, Therapist and Trauma Expert Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton (Facebook photo)

Friends, family members and former students gathered virtually on Sunday to remember longtime Chicago yoga teacher and therapist Catherine Ashton, who died Nov. 14 as a result of pancreatic cancer.

West Town Nonprofit Brings Community Together for Donation of 700 Thanksgiving Meals

Families pick up Thanksgiving meal boxes and coats for their children at West Town nonprofit Northwestern Settlement on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

“Feeding hunger is also feeding the spirit, that’s what events like this do,” said Ron Manderschied, president of Northwestern Settlement. “It provides the food for sustenance but also feeds the soul.” 

Nearly a Year After Drive-By Shooting, Family of Frank Aguilar Still Looking For Answers

The family of Frank Aguilar added new flowers and a new photo to his memorial at the corner of South Hamlin and West 32nd Street to honor his life on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, the eve of Day of the Dead. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

The family of Frank Aguilar, a 32-year-old nurse who was gunned down in November 2019, gathered in Little Village on Sunday to commemorate his life and to continue to push for justice in finding his killer.

‘Good Trouble’ Highlights Voices From the Front Lines of Social Justice Movements

A scene from a protest in Chicago on June 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

Chicago takes part in a nationwide listening party for a new audio play that uses the words of protesters, activists, immigrants and survivors to explore recent social and protest movements. We go for a listen.

Local Artist Encourages People to ‘Remember in November’ With T-Shirt Designed to Spread Voter Awareness

Horace Nowell III, left, and his father have their first in-person visit during the pandemic and show off their T-shirts. In the background is a painting the two made together. (Courtesy Horace Nowell)

A father-son duo takes inspiration from major news events of 2020 to remind people how important it is to make their voices heard in the upcoming election.

Pilsen’s Feed the Crib Initiative Helps Struggling Families Access Fresh Produce

Elizabeth Morales, founder of Del Dia Chicago, sits with boxes of fresh produce she gets every week from farmers. (Courtesy Elizabeth Morales)

Meet Elizabeth Morales, a 29-year-old teacher and community service organizer who is working to support local families and individuals struggling with food and housing insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Annual Logan Square Zine Fest Zinemercado Highlights Resiliency of DIY Art Community

Artists Michelle Vega and Sir Charles at Zinemercado in Logan Square on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

It looked a little different this year due to the coronavirus, but an independent zine fest brought a steady stream of customers, vendors and artists together Sunday to experience art in person, some for the first time since March. 

New Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Restorative Justice

(ErikaWittlieb / Pixabay)

The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting systemic racism that Black and Brown communities have faced for decades, including systemic racism in the prison and criminal justice system. 

10 Colorful Fridges and Counting: Fighting Food Insecurity One Fridge at a Time

Allie Mae Miller stands next to the refrigerator she painted and donated to the Love Fridge project in Avondale. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

Painted fridges stocked with free, fresh food and drinks have been popping up across Chicago for the past two months. Find out how the Love Fridge project is helping those in need during the pandemic.