Stories by Evan Garcia

Artist Builds Effigy Mounds to Honor Indigenous People in Cook County

Artist Santiago X discusses his work Serpent Mound, a group of effigy mounds in Schiller Woods reminiscent of the earthwork built by Indigenous people, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Indigenous artist Santiago X showcased Serpent Mound, a group of effigy mounds in a Cook County forest preserve, as part of the county’s Racial Equity Week on Tuesday.

A Big Day for Chicago Sports Fans Who May Have Needed It

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Amid uncertainty in Chicago and across the nation, a ray of hope: Chicago’s baseball teams are in first place, and the city’s beloved Bears pulled off a miracle comeback. Can professional sports actually be a tonic for tough times?

Windy City Times to End Print Edition, Publish Online Only

A screenshot shows the homepage of the Windy City Times website on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

After 35 years, the Windy City Times will end its print edition and move forward as an online-only publication in October. We discuss the news with the publication’s co-founder and publisher, Tracy Baim.

Chicago Portrait: Tamale Guy

Claudio Velez makes pork tamales with his sister Maria in Velez’s new restaurant Tamale Guy Chicago on Aug. 13, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Claudio Velez, the beloved food vendor known in Chicago as the “Tamale Guy” and a new restaurant owner, has contracted COVID-19 and is hospitalized, although his restaurant’s co-owner said Velez’s “condition is improving.”

Teachers Union Files Grievance Over CPS Remote Learning Plan

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School’s back in session next week – albeit virtually. Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis-Gates shares her thoughts. 

COVID-19 Shines Spotlight on Digital Divide

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The coronavirus pandemic has made internet access essential and many of Chicago's Black and Brown communities hit hardest by COVID-19 also lack internet access and devices.

Speechwriters Analyze GOP Talking Points at Republican Convention

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear together at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

President Donald Trump will accept his party’s nomination for president at the Republican National Convention on Thursday. We take a close look at GOP talking points with two accomplished speechwriters.

Emmett Till’s Cousin: ‘65 Years Later and Nothing Really Has Changed’

Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

The painful legacy of Emmett Till seems fresh amid this era of civil unrest. We reflect on his death with Ollie Gordon, Till’s cousin, and Chris Benson, who co-authored an autobiography of Mamie Till-Mobley, Till’s mother.

Chicago Youth Organize Open Mic in South Side Garden

Tyrell Jerry, a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts, performs at the first open mic held at a South Side community garden on Aug. 5, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

A community garden and farmers market in Auburn Gresham is now the venue of an open mic hosted for young Chicago artists. We go for a look to learn more.

Chicago-Area Transit Agency Bosses on COVID-19’s Impact on Transportation

A passenger wearing a face mask boards a CTA bus in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Ridership across CTA trains and buses, Metra commuter trains and Pace buses are down about 70% compared to this time last year. With that dramatic decline in ridership comes lower revenue and strains on operational funding.

Chicago Portrait: Dr. Everywoman

Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald works in her downtown Chicago medical office on July 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

During the day, Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald sees patients at her obstetric and gynecological practice in Chicago. But after work, she entertains and educates the public through song parodies.

Meet the Chicago South Side Pastor Sampled by Kanye West

Pastor T. L Barrett sings as Dwayne Barrett, the drummer of his choir, adjusts his microphone at the pastor’s South Side Pentecostal church on Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Pastor T. L. Barrett wrote and recorded soul-infused gospel music in the 1970s with his youth choir. Forty years later, his music is reaching new generations — via some star-studded names.

Racism in Health Care: Providers Address a Public Health Crisis

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The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities has made recent headlines, but racial disparities within health care have been studied and reported on for years.

How Long Should Illinois Extend its Eviction Moratorium?

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The pandemic and economic shutdown have made it difficult for many people across the state to pay their rent, which is why Gov. J.B. Pritkzer extended a moratorium on evictions through the end of July. Is that enough time?

‘Black People Eats’ Showcases Black-Owned Restaurants in Chicago and Beyond

percent loss in revenue during the pandemic. Food blogger Jeremy Joyce films Krissy Harper, owner of Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, for his social media account Black People Eats on June 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Restaurants have not had it easy the past few months. But in Chicago, a food blogger is doing his best to elevate Black-owned restaurants through social media. We meet up with Jeremy Joyce, the founder of Black People Eats.

Report Sheds Light on Home Lending Disparities Across Chicago

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We discuss the alarming findings of a recent report by City Bureau and WBEZ that analyzed home lending data in Chicago from 2012 to 2018.

Inked During COVID-19: Chicago’s Tattoo Parlors Reopen

Marta Slobodyanyuk is tattooed by artist Gady Mercado at Speakeasy Custom Tattoos in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood on June 22, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

When Chicago tattoo parlors shut down in mid-March, the artists at Speakeasy Custom Tattoos were already booked up through June. How they — and their customers — are staying safe during the pandemic.

Controversial Statues Honoring Christopher Columbus Vandalized in Chicago

Courtney Johnson, a South Side resident, stands in front of a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park on Saturday, June 15, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Controversy over historical figures like Christoper Columbus is playing out with acts of vandalism in cities across the country. But in Chicago, statues honoring Columbus are not the only ones sparking tension.

Chicago Portrait: Milani Ninja

Milani Ninja, a 32-year-old drag queen from Humboldt Park, performs Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl halftime show for the National Museum of Mexican Art’s 17th annual Queer Prom on May 31. Her performance was pre-recorded for the event, which will be held virtually via Zoom due to the COVID-19 virus. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Chicago drag queen Milani Ninja is performing at the National Museum of Mexican Art for its 17th annual Queer Prom, but unlike the five other times she’s performed at the event, this year’s show is pre-recorded for a virtual prom on Friday.

Photos and Video: Death of George Floyd Draws Thousands to Chicago’s Union Park for Rally, March

Standing before a painting of George Floyd, a speaker addresses the crowd in Seward Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (@EvanRGarcia / Twitter)

Tens of thousands gathered in Chicago’s Union and Seward parks Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Here are sights and sounds from the day.

Photos: Peaceful George Floyd Protests Through Chicago’s North and South Sides

A woman holds a sign reading “Enough Is Enough” during a protest on June 2, 2020 in Old Town. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Peaceful protests through the North and South sides on Tuesday marked the fifth consecutive day of protests in Chicago in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Photos: Protesters March for Third Day in Chicago, Clash with Police

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign during protests in Chicago on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Protests over the death of George Floyd resumed Sunday afternoon following a night of riots and looting downtown that prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to impose a citywide curfew and call on the Illinois National Guard for help.

Photos: Tensions Flare in Chicago for Day 2 of Protests Over George Floyd Killing

Protesters march along Dearborn Street while holding a sign honoring George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Eric Russell, right, an activist with the Tree of Life Justice League, joins them. He also spoke at the protest. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Hundreds of protesters shut down streets Saturday afternoon in downtown Chicago, marking the second day of local demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fishermen Cast Away from Chicago’s Lakefront Find New Spots During COVID-19

Fishermen Wayne Hankins (right) and Stephen Williams (left) fish off a bridge in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side on May 23. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Chicago fishermen are adjusting to COVID-19 regulations keeping them off Chicago's lakefront, a popular fishing spot.

Chicago Portrait: The Dreadhead Cowboy

A young woman takes a photo with Adam Hollingsworth, also known as the Dreadhead Cowboy, and his 13-year-old horse Prince in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side on Saturday, May 16. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

There’s a cowboy riding through Chicago’s South and West side neighborhoods, introducing residents young and old to what is likely an unfamiliar animal — at least on their residential streets: horses.

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