Making a healthier Pilsen
Making a healthier Pilsen
Crystal Ramirez— It’s not a sight one would expect to see.  Mexican immigrants and college hipsters walking down the aisles together.  Some reach for bags of El Milagro tortilla chips and a cold Jarrito beverage. Others come for the soy chorizo and homemade apple water....
Pilsen community leader helps bring Fiesta Del Sol
Pilsen community leader helps bring Fies
By Marlin Bucio — The invigorating scent of freshly brewed coffee filled the office, along with chocolate and vanilla conchas heaped on the surface of the table. The office was neatly remodeled with lime green walls, comfy black rolling chairs and an elongated, walnut-colored...
How Does a CPS Student Survive a Sibling’s Violent Death—Twice?
How Does a CPS Student Survive a Sibling
By Ray Salazar– This article is dedicated to future educator Ms. Dulce Padilla and her family with all my best intentions, respect, and hope.  And to families everywhere who struggle to survive the aftermath of violence. Many of us have heard or seen the stories about violence...
Why one Latino family moved from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood
Why one Latino family moved from Chicago
By Alma Valenzuela — Patricia Neri, wife and mother of three children, said high property taxes forced her family to move from the east end of Pilsen in Chicago to a suburb, Berwyn, about five years ago. She said they could not afford to live in a small apartment and pay over...
Shaping her own destiny
Shaping her own destiny
By Amalia Gonzalez and Jenny Patiño — Walking into Panaderia/Tortilleria Nuevo Leon, you can find Marisa Morado working behind the counter, bagging delicious sweet bread and ringing up customers. She grew up in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Chicago and now...
Building community through Pros Arts
Building community through Pros Arts
By Angelica Jimenez and Benita Zepeda — While others were settling into their careers, Giselle Mercier, 43, decided she needed a change. While supporting her family, she left her stable and more traditional career, and embarked on a new adventure devoting her work to her community...