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.
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.
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.