|
An illustration by David Lee Csicsko for the book “The Skin You Live In.”

There is renewed interest in a children’s book written and illustrated by a couple of Chicagoans. We speak with author Michael Tyler and illustrator David Lee Csicsko.

|
A Chicago police officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

From San Francisco to South Carolina, a spate of shootings claimed the lives of people celebrating or just taking a drive over the Fourth of July weekend. Chicago saw one of its bloodiest holiday weekends in memory.

,
|
During phase four of Illinois’ reopening plan, gatherings, including weddings, are limited to up to 50 people, according to state guidelines. (StockSnap / Pixabay)

What will weddings look like in the age of COVID-19? Here’s what betrothed couples and their guests can expect as Illinois settles into phase four of its reopening plan.

,
|
(WTTW News)

As parents begin returning to the office amid the coronavirus pandemic, a glaring problem awaits them: child care. And for many Illinois families, COVID-19 made an already difficult situation even worse.

|
(Free-Photos / Pixabay)

By the time parents notice anything out of the ordinary – their baby is “floppy” or isn’t able to roll – it’s too late to reverse the damage done by spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA.

|
Reedy Chapel AME Church in Galveston, Texas.

When the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, my great-great-great-great-grandparents were there.

|
(Photo by Zach Vessels on Unsplash)

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people of color in the U.S. But many African Americans say they’re facing two pandemics — not only the coronavirus, but also violence. 

|

A community art center is making sure kids have an outlet to express themselves as the stay-at-home order not only limits their activities, but also their resources. We visit the nonprofit SkyArt.

|
(WTTW News)

A new study from Northwestern University highlights the growing wealth gap between black and white families. 

,
|
(ponce_photography / Pixabay)

While schools and nonessential businesses temporarily closed in March, hundreds of child care centers stayed open to care for the children of essential workers. The state is now dedicating millions of dollars toward their financial health.

|
Registration for Park District summer camps starts this week. (Chicago Park District / Facebook)

For parents who’ve been strapped for child care during the coronavirus shutdown, relief is in sight. But there will be even less capacity than normal this year, so prepare to act fast. 

|
(cocoparisienne / Pixabay)

Just about every teenager gets safe-driving tips from their parents when they get their first driver’s license. But for black teens, the freedom and independence that comes with driving necessitates an added conversation.

|

It’s a conversation that goes hand-in-hand with learning how to drive. But many people argue “the talk” should not have to happen at all. 

,
|
Playgrounds remain closed, awaiting public health guidance. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago parks have reopened — though technically the outdoors was never “closed,” except along the lakefront — but access to facilities and equipment will remain limited.

|
Jahan James, 8, sits on the shoulders of his father, Jonathan James, who addresses the crowd during a protest on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Old Town. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

As images of police brutality and cities on fire saturate the media, keeping kids in the dark may not be an option. Here are tips for talking to children about difficult topics.

|
(culturarte86 / Pixabay)

The placenta provides nutrients and oxygen to a developing fetus, among other things. In a small study, researchers found the placentas from pregnant women with COVID-19 showed signs of injury.

randomness