The free shop is located inside a Chicago Public Schools Parent University, which offers classes and workshops on topics like financial literacy, career development and more.
Stories by joanna hernandez
Feb 29, 2024 | Joanna Hernandez
Feb 15, 2024 | Joanna Hernandez
The owners of Belly Bowl Asian Kitchen and Lounge experiment with different spices and flavors, offering a blend of cultures.
Feb 2, 2024 | Joanna Hernandez
At a cosmetology academy in Back of the Yards, Jaime Romero is using his entrepreneurial spirit to guide his students through the beauty industry. He also knows what it’s like to face obstacles because of undocumented status.
211 Helpline Connects Cook County Residents to Health and Social Services: ‘It’s Those Everyday Emergencies’
Jan 23, 2024 | Joanna Hernandez
Have you heard of 211? It’s a free hotline connecting Chicago and suburban Cook County residents to everyday services — from housing resources to utility payment assistance.
Jan 11, 2024 | Joanna Hernandez
Little Village is known for its business corridor and its Latino entrepreneurship. A space coming to the heart of the neighborhood is designed to help those without access to resources kickstart a business.
Dec 29, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Funkytown’s beers can be found at more than 100 locations around the Chicago area. It was their pale ale called Hip Hops and R&Brew that kick-started the trio into the craft beer industry.
Dec 28, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
“We’re trying to put ourselves in the place of these families,” Haugan Elementary School principal Heather Yutzy said. “If we were in this situation, what would we need for our kids?”
Dec 22, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
“Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” host Joanna Hernandez went out to ask people to share what they enjoy about this time of year.
Dec 22, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Multiple vendors in Little Village say they have been robbed at gunpoint despite efforts to protect them. The latest victims are food truck workers.
Dec 7, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
WTTW News stopped by Big Mich, a family-owned company that specializes in house-made micheladas and is now making chamoy at its Willowbrook headquarters. There’s an original lime flavor, plus strawberry and mango.
Nov 30, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Winter in Chicago can be brutal, and it can be even worse for those experiencing homelessness. A Latino Muslim organization is coming together to help those in need on the city’s Southwest Side.
Nov 16, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
The Avondale Restorative Justice Community Court program offers those charged with nonviolent offenses a chance to turn their lives around. Rather than serving time, people are given another option.
Nov 9, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Earlier this year, the Biden administration announced plans to expand health care coverage to those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the proposed change has yet to be finalized, leaving thousands of young adults who were brought to the U.S. as children in limbo.
Nov 8, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Curtis “The Grandyman” Granderson spent 16 seasons playing Major League Baseball. Now he’s passing down those years of experience to the next generation of players and inspiring them to pursue college.
With Coffee and a Shaving Brush, Here’s How Some Chicagoans Are Remembering Their Loved Ones on Dia de los Muertos
Nov 2, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Day, is a two-day celebration where people come together to remember their late loved ones. It’s a beautiful, colorful tradition with festivities, music and food.
Oct 25, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Deronis Cooper said getting his hands in the dirt helps him cope with the challenges of being a police officer. What started with four planters has grown into more than 50 plant species in his backyard.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Tania León Talks Teaching Northwestern Students, Creating Her Own Language
Oct 19, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Tania León is an Afro-Cuban Latina composer who has made her mark by following the rhythm of her own beat. León’s pieces carry both her Caribbean influences and the sounds of her travels.
Oct 17, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Accelerated Moving Events use federal funding to connect people to housing, among other services. During an event, clients work with the AME team to browse apartment units, fill out an application and pick out furniture from the Chicago Furniture Bank.
Oct 5, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
You have probably had these debates before. Is it pop or soda? Fireflies or lightning bugs? Well, just like the English language, in Spanish, people use different words to describe the same thing depending on where they’re from. So we headed out to ask people, “¿Cómo se dice la palabra?”
Sep 20, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
A dance studio on the Northwest Side is working to keep a Mexican tradition alive. And for a group of young dancers, there is joy to be found in every step and turn.
Sep 19, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Get an inside look at how a regional task force is working to apprehend carjackers across Chicago.
Sep 16, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Being a first-generation Latino American comes with rewards and struggles — from honoring your roots while defining your identity as an American to dealing with the weight of family expectations while forging your own path.
Sep 1, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
This week marks one year since the first bus of asylum seekers arrived in Chicago from the southern border. Since then, WTTW News has covered the city’s and volunteers’ response to aid the thousands of migrants seeking shelter.
Aug 21, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
As students return, so to do the Safe Passage workers who are tasked with making sure students make it and from school safely.
Aug 19, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Jazmin Flores, the young entrepreneur and owner of Taqueria Las Flores, used her savings to open the restaurant four years ago. She stayed open through the pandemic and navigated financial struggles. Now she’s forced to start over.
Jul 20, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
“We’re doing all this work with people and mental illness and working with their individual issues, but then when they would leave us, they would go out to the community with minimal services,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. “And I said, OK, we will set up our own services office.”