Sandra Cisneros visited her hometown for a reading of her new book at the Field Museum. “Woman Without Shame” is her first published collection of poems in 28 years.
Stories by Joanna Hernandez
Nov 29, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Nov 19, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Migrants arriving to Chicago from the Texas border say they are looking to build a better lives for themselves and want to provide support to their families back home.
Nov 8, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
“It was really exciting and I’m really grateful that I have the opportunity to use my voice this time around,” said Karen Villagomez, who cast her first ballot Tuesday.
Nov 7, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Brookfield Zoo is celebrating a big milestone. It was a century ago when construction on the grounds began.
Nov 1, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
In Pilsen, one Chicago resident transformed her backyard into an altar that provides a transportive experience. You’ll find skulls, flowers and all kinds of objects offered to those who once lived.
Oct 19, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Human rights groups say more than 100 people have been killed in Iran since the death of a 22-year-old woman who was in the custody of police. Iranian Americans in Chicago have a message they want everyone to hear: “Stand with Iranian women.”
Oct 15, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
The history of La Michoacána goes back decades to a small town named Tocumbo in Michoacán. The brand name has given people like the Garcias opportunities to open their own independent businesses.
Oct 10, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Some organizations and governments are changing how they observe the holiday, if at all, while many still gather for the annual parade.
Oct 8, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
A quinceañera is all about the details. A family-run business in Little Village has been playing a part in the quinceañeras of area girls for years.
Sep 29, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Last year, the National Kidney Foundation launched Kidney Health for Life, a campaign focused on educating and targeting the high rate of kidney disease among the Black, Asian and Latino populations.
Sep 24, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico last weekend leaving millions without power. Now, residents are left to recover and rebuild once again. In Chicago, local organizations and officials are coming together to support people on the island.
Sep 17, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to bus hundreds of migrants to cities across the country. That includes Chicago, which has welcomed more than 500 people seeking asylum since Aug. 31. Another bus arrived Thursday night at Union Station.
Sep 12, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
As buses of migrants arrive from Texas, the city of Chicago and local community organizations are working to get the newly arrived people settled.
Aug 29, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
After worrying for months that they would be kicked out under a new owner, vendors at the shopping center have been given a short extension on their leases.
Aug 27, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
A food pantry in Pilsen has been operating out of a former church for the last two years. The founder is hoping to buy the building but says she is running into obstacles with the Chicago Archdiocese.
Aug 15, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
For now, it’s business as usual inside the Discount Mall in Little Village as customers navigate through the aisles and vendors work to land a sale. But these merchants don’t know how long they have left to run their businesses.
Aug 4, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
A husband and wife in Waukegan have transformed their grocery store to include a coffee shop, boutique and a gathering place for fellow entrepreneurs.
Jul 24, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Hoops in the Hood is taking over the streets of Chicago this summer by bringing kids and teens together to play basketball in their neighborhood backyards. Chicago Tonight’s Joanna Hernandez hears more about the mission behind the program and the leaders who are driven to make a change.
Jul 9, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
The fourth of July shooting shook the north shore and beyond, including the area’s Spanish-speaking community. Two of the seven victims who died were Latino. Neighboring Highwood has a large Latino population and held a vigil earlier this week to remember those who were lost, and those who begin the healing process.
Jul 3, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Chrys Carvajal, 19, had graduated from National Guard training and was set to be stationed at a military base in Riverside. Last summer, he was shot dead over the Fourth of July weekend.
Jun 28, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
Urban Autism Solutions, an organization on the West Side, is working to empower young adults on the autism spectrum to learn life skills. The 1.2- acre produce farm is a hands-on program teaching young adults the basics of farming with a goal of enhancing their social and vocational skills.
Jun 22, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
As Pride month is being celebrated, we’re highlighting people who are making an impact within the LGBTQ community. We visited a homeless haven in Humboldt Park and spoke with a woman who helps LGBTQ youth get housing and build independence.
May 26, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
As part of a Chicago Tonight’s special series, “Turning Pain into Purpose,” we are joined by two mothers affected by gun violence to discuss the work they’re doing in the community.
May 25, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
As part of “Chicago Tonight’s” special series “Turning Pain into Purpose,” Miguel Rios seemed to be doing everything right. At 18 years old, he was going to school, had a job and was there for his brothers and sisters. But this July will mark two years since he was killed, and his family has yet to receive justice.
May 24, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
As part of “Chicago Tonight’s” special series “Turning Pain into Purpose,” we speak with Maria Trujillo, a resident of Little Village. Trujillo lost two sons in a year and is still searching for answers.
Pain Into Purpose: Mother Who Lost Daughter to Gun Violence Wants to Turn Convenience Store Where She Died Into Community Hub
May 23, 2022 | Joanna Hernandez
It has been more than two years since Nyisha Beemon’s daughter was shot and killed inside a convenience store. Now, she wants to purchase the store and turn it into a community hub that would offer support and counseling.