Pleas for Better Migrant Housing

As the city races to build temporary "tent cities" for the thousands of migrants in Chicago, many are protesting for a better plan. (Photo/Brigitte Espinoza-Vallejo)

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Hyde Park businesses facing challenges in a post-pandemic economy.
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Lincoln Yards Impact

The North Side development is billed as a boon to the city, but how will it impact surrounding neighborhoods?

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Reporters document a week in the city using only their smartphones. (Illustration/MidJourney)

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Mapping Chicago: What to Do and Where to Go in the City

Mapping Chicago: What to Do and Where to Go in the City

From open mic nights to museums to plant stores, Red Line Project web producers built maps to help guide you to interesting places around the city. Check out what they found.

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Chicago on the Go: Mobile Stories Around the City in February

Chicago on the Go: Mobile Stories Around the City in February

During an unseasonably warm early February, Red Line Project reporters shot and produced stories around Chicago using only their mobile phones. Here is what they learned ...

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Diverse Communities Experience Health Disparities During the Pandemic

Diverse Communities Experience Health Disparities During the Pandemic

In Chicago, the need for answers and understanding of COVID-19 was dire, particularly among the city's diverse communities that were hit hardest.

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Experts: Chicago’s Rental Market Full of Many Complex Realities

Experts: Chicago’s Rental Market Full of Many Complex Realities

With 54% of households in Chicago being renter-occupied, the topic of the rising rent prices is complex. The many intricacies of renting may not be apparent to most people

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Chicago’s Minimum Wage Workers Struggle to Afford Housing Amidst Soaring Costs

Chicago’s Minimum Wage Workers Struggle to Afford Housing Amidst Soaring Costs

With Chicago rent costs rising in recent years, many minimum wage workers have found the cost of living to be a challenge solely relying on the earnings from their jobs.

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Auto Theft, Carjackings More Than Doubled on the North Side

Auto Theft, Carjackings More Than Doubled on the North Side

North Side neighborhoods like Lakeview and Lincoln Park have seen a rash of carjackings in the last few years. “This is probably the first year that I felt unsafe on my street,” said one resident.

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Logan Square Crime Rates Continue to Increase, Data Show

Logan Square Crime Rates Continue to Increase, Data Show

Logan Square is known for its thriving cultural sense with cool and hip restaurants, bars, and music venues. Although for some, it is now garnering a reputation of concern for its own public safety.

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Safe Passage Provides Service, but Workers Feel Unappreciated 

Safe Passage Provides Service, but Workers Feel Unappreciated 

How effective has the Safe Passage program been in Chicago? While it has made CPS school routes safer, some Safe Passage route workers aren't making enough to even make their rent payments.

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Chicago’s Migrant Crisis Intensifies as Tent Cities Emerge

Chicago’s Migrant Crisis Intensifies as Tent Cities Emerge

Since August of 2022, Chicago has been sent more than 24,000 asylum seekers, primarily Venezuelans fleeing political and economic turmoil. Grassroots efforts from nonprofits are trying to help the transition.

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A Cry for Better Housing: Protesters Challenge Chicago’s Tent Cities

A Cry for Better Housing: Protesters Challenge Chicago’s Tent Cities

As temperatures fall and Chicago officials struggle to house asylum-seeking migrants, safety concerns rise over providing hundreds of asylum-seekers sleeping outside police districts with safe and warm housing.

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Hyde Park Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat

Hyde Park Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat

Hyde Park’s small, local business owners face many challenges from trying to gain more traction, to keeping businesses running during times of uncertainty and preventing the business from closing.

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Young Musicians Are Thriving in The Chicago DIY Scene

Young Musicians Are Thriving in The Chicago DIY Scene

Chicago's DIY music scene generally refers to smaller artists who are doing it all themselves -- playing in spaces that aren't your typical venues. The scene thrives in Chicago but has its challenges, bands say.

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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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This Chicago Stumbler focuses on poor and dangerous sidewalk conditions in Chicago neighborhoods.

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Red Line Project reporters discuss the stories and issues they cover in this periodic podcast.