Stories by Maya Miller

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

Chicago blues artist Toronzo Cannon plays in his hometown this weekend. (Courtesy of Chris Monaghan)

Live blues, a jazz fest and a vintage pop-up show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Sleep In’ Spotlights Youth Homelessness in Chicago

With nearly 20,000 homeless youth in Chicago, an all-night benefit aims to raise awareness and funds for 13 homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers. Learn more.

Neighborhood Project Aims to Grow Chicago’s Public Art Profile

The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project aims to bring more public art to all of Chicago's neighborhoods, including murals like this one in Bronzeville. (Courtesy of the City of Chicago)

New murals, sculpture and other works of public art are coming to each of Chicago’s 50 wards as part of the city’s Year of Public Art initiative.

‘Positive Vibes’ in North Lawndale an Alternative to Crime Narrative

Anthony Green, left, and his youth development coach Patrick Daniels at the UCAN headquarters in North Lawndale. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

North Lawndale native Patrick Daniels says his neighborhood is defined by more than violence, and he’s working to change that narrative at UCAN.

Data: Upward Battle for African-American Males in Chicago

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis

Unemployment rates for African-American males in Chicago are nearly three times higher than the national average, according to data released Monday by U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.

Augmented Reality App Sharpens Focus on St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Chicago History Museum partnered with Alan Rhodes to present historical events like the Valentine's Day Massacre through virtual and augmented reality. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

Last fall, 21st century technology was used to tell the story of a 20th century tragedy: the Eastland Disaster. The team behind that project is set to launch a second installment of its augmented reality app. Learn more.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 16-19

(Ben Houdijk / Flickr)

Mavis Staples, a roller skating party and spirited festivals usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

BuzzFeed Editor: How to Live in a World of Misinformation and Fake News

BuzzFeed editor Craig Silverman talks about the consequences of living in a world of misinformation and fake news, and discusses how media platforms, businesses and individuals can begin countering it.

Report: Evictions, Missed Payments Bite into City Budget

An Urban Institute report found that financial insecurity, which is above the national average in Chicago, is weighing on the city's budget. (Dave Dugdale / Flickr)

Sixty-two percent of Chicago families have less than $2,000 in savings, according to a new report. While this type of financial insecurity can lead to unpaid bills and evictions, it can also directly impact city budgets.

How Social Media is Being Used to Prevent Chicago Violence

(Raffi Asdourian / Flickr)

Social media has been criticized for inciting violence, but it can also be used to prevent it. How the public and private sectors are using platforms like Twitter as a “tool” for doing just that.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 9-12

The Second City’s “The Winner … of Our Discontent” is one of the productions offering discounted tickets as part of Chicago Theater Week. (Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg)

Discounted theater tickets, pizza parties and a giant car show and usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 2-5

Chicago bars offer food and drink specials for Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

An after-hours museum party, ice cream for breakfast and Super Bowl parties usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘Chicago is the Capital of Black America’

Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses politics, race, journalism and identity at Northwestern University on Jan. 31. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

The journalist and author spoke Tuesday night to a crowd of more than 1,000 Northwestern University faculty, staff and students on topics of race, journalism, politics and identity.

Museum Celebrates Black History Month With Annual Art Display

More than 100 works by African-American artists, including sculpture, are on display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. (J.B. Spector / Museum of Science and Industry)

Underway at the Museum of Science and Industry is the longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the country. Learn more about the museum’s program and the origins of Black History Month.

Chicago’s 7-Cent Bag Tax to Start Feb. 1

A city ordinance intended to curb disposable bags will go into effect Feb. 1. (Walmart / Flickr)

Shopping trips may become additionally taxing for Chicagoans starting in February as the checkout bag tax is set to go into effect on the first of the month.

Metra Fare Increases Begin Feb. 1

(H. Michael Miley / Flickr)

Metra fare increases as of Wednesday include 25-cent increases for one-way tickets and $11.75 more for monthly passes.

‘Radical’ Gallery Exhibition Houses 2 Homeless Chicagoans

A Chicago gallery’s newest exhibition takes an unusual approach to addressing homelessness. Meet the creative team behind the “House” show.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 25-29

Last year’s plunge saw mild temperatures and plenty of sun. (Courtesy of the Lakeview Polar Bear Club)

Restaurant deals, a polar plunge, the White Sox and a hip-hop festival usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Lingerie Campaign’ Activist on Changing Saudi Culture

Reem Asaad (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Reem Asaad led the “lingerie campaign” that helped get women into the workforce in Saudi Arabia, and is now using her platform to highlight the ways social media has impacted the changing Saudi culture.

Thousands of Demonstrators Flood Loop for Women’s March on Chicago

(Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Chants of “this is what democracy looks like” echoed Saturday through the streets of downtown Chicago as an estimated 250,000 individuals flooded the area to take part in the Women’s March on Chicago.

Chicago Group Leaves Mark on Sundance Film Festival

Chicago Media Project has a hand in seven films debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. (Vancouver Film School / Flickr)

Chicago Media Project co-founders Paula Froehle and Steve Cohen are on a mission to put Chicago on the map as the next impact media hub. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 18-22

Anatomical Theaters of Mixed Reality (Courtesy of Grace Duval)

Donald Trump’s inauguration, experimental art, a massive women’s march and “Monty Python” star John Cleese usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

State Receives Mixed Grade on Reproductive Rights Ahead of Women’s March

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As tens of thousands of individuals gear up for the Women’s March on Chicago, a report released by NARAL Pro-Choice America offers insight into one of the event’s focal points: where the country and state stand in terms of reproductive rights.