When the COVID-19 lockdown hit in March 2020, Chicago’s artistic productions were abruptly placed on hold. Now more than two years later, theater companies are evaluating a path forward with an audience that has new expectations.
Stories by Yahya Salem
Chicago’s Theater Community Pivoted During the Pandemic. Now Leaders Have to Adjust to New Audience Habits
Oct 2, 2022 | Yahya Salem
Illinois Green Schools Project Enters Third Year With Goal of Reducing Carbon Emissions
Aug 23, 2022 | Yahya Salem
As part of the Green Schools Project, schools engage in project-based challenges to develop and implement creative, low-cost, sustainable practices. Those schools receive resources and support from the Illinois Green Alliance to collaborate on a year-long project which they can present at the end of the school year.
Interactive Book Aims to Get Chicagoans and Visitors Out to City’s Lesser-Known Treasures
Aug 18, 2022 | Yahya Salem
In Jessica Mlinaric’s latest book, decipher rhyming riddles and visual clues that lead to over 300 little-known Chicago attractions ranging from architectural oddities to public artworks to nature areas and more.
Pop Culture Fans Show Out at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
Aug 10, 2022 | Yahya Salem
This year’s C2E2 took place in the summer, less than eight months after its 2021 iteration, as organizers gradually revert to the event’s original spring calendar, which was disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CTA President Dorval Carter Details Efforts to Combat Crime, Workforce Shortage
Aug 3, 2022 | Yahya Salem
In an appearance on “Chicago Tonight,” CTA President Dorval Carter said the agency is working closely with the Chicago Police Department to deploy additional resources to address crime concerns. Recruitment efforts are also underway to help with a worker shortage.
Chicago Awards $6.5M in CityArts Grants to Nonprofit Organizations
Aug 2, 2022 | Yahya Salem
Funding for the CityArts Program increased by 280% in 2022, climbing from $1.7 million in 2021 to $6.5 million, according to a news release. The awards follow the announcement that $26 million will be provided in new arts and culture investments as part of the city’s 2022 budget.
After Summer of High-Profile Gigs, 15-Year-Old DJ Livia Returns for Chicago Area Performance July 30
Jul 28, 2022 | Yahya Salem
From homelessness to house parties to the major leagues. From Berwyn to Hollywood. DJ Livia has a life full of experiences and had worked with an impressive list of celebrities despite being only 15 years old.
Chicago Students Become Published Authors with Help from Nonprofit
Jul 22, 2022 | Yahya Salem
Three new publications by Chicago students are available for pre-order now through the work of nonprofit 826CHI, which partners with Chicago Public Schools to provide free, project-based field trips to CPS classrooms, as well as in-school programming.
After Low Primary Turnout, Officials and Advocates Hope to Ramp Up Voter Interest in Future Elections
Jul 7, 2022 | Yahya Salem
Depending on who you ask, the unusual timing of the elections, issues with voters’ access to the polls, and election judges resigning right before polls open all contributed to the low turnout among Chicago and suburban Cook County’s 3.1 million registered voters.
How to Help Highland Park Victims: List of Approved GoFundMe Campaigns
Jul 6, 2022 | Yahya Salem
Seven people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a mass shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade on Monday. In the day since, numerous campaigns are being set up to help the victims and provide resources to affected families.
Chicago Summit Brings Together Advocacy Groups, Creators to Highlight Role of Storytelling in Criminal Justice Reform
Jun 26, 2022 | Yahya Salem
The overarching themes of the three-day event revolved around the role of storytelling and art in criminal justice organizing. The summit included training sessions and workshops led by local activists, defense attorneys and media professionals with the aim of educating the invited participants on topics such as campaign strategies, effective storytelling, and enhancing alignment across communities.