Stories by Maya Miller

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 20-23

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Lush gardens, craft beer, gallery tours and the Bard—reimagined—usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Program Aims to Address Disparities in House Fires, Violence in Austin

Young adults practice installing smoke detectors on a piece of dry wall. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Young adults from Chicago’s Austin community are learning about fire safety as part of a pilot program aiming to address high crime rates, unemployment and other issues facing residents.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 13-16

Pitchfork Music Festival, 2011 (Incase / Flickr)

Music festivals, secret gardens, dancing lions and—oh la la!—French flair usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Begins with Chicago Showcase

Baround Mahamat Awatif of Bet-Mama in Chad displays her handmade skincare cosmetics at the 2015 showcase. (Courtesy of Peggy Parfenoff)

Thirty businesswomen from 27 African countries are traveling to Chicago this week to hone their entrepreneurial skills and make connections with their American counterparts.

Analysis: Minority Groups Edge Closer to Majority in Chicago Region

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Researchers of demographic shifts in the Chicago region have some interesting takeaways following analysis of census data. One calls the findings “staggering.”

Hoops in the Hood Fights Summer Violence With Basketball

For more than a decade, a network of nonprofit organizations has been addressing gang violence by hosting summer basketball games in neighborhoods across the city.

10 Things to Do this Weekend: July 5-9

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A massive food festival, live music, fine art and Irish fiddles usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

City Council Passes Ordinance on Registry Programs

City officials say the ordinance affirms that government agencies will not practice discrimination-based operations, but some activists say the city could do more to protect immigrant and minority rights.

Free Coding Camp for Young Women Addresses Social Issues

BraveCamp participants at work on a project. (Courtesy of Brave Initiatives)

There are plenty of coding classes for teens and young adults in Chicago, and most of them aren’t cheap. But one local nonprofit is shaking up the landscape by offering coding classes to young women—for free.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Fourth of July

Head to Naperville for fireworks and finger-licking food. (Naperville Ribfest / Facebook)

Fireworks, festivals and plenty of live music usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Study: Cosmetics Complaints Rise, But Products Remain on Market

Consumer complaints about cosmetics and hair care products nearly doubled in 2016, prompting some in the medical community to call for greater transparency between the industry and the agency that regulates it.

Reports of Discrimination Against Muslims Rise in Chicago

Hoda Katebi of CAIR Chicago speaks during a press conference. (Courtesy of Council on American Islamic Relations)

So far this year, the Chicago Council on American Islamic Relations received about 400 complaints of discrimination against Muslim-Americans—the same number it received during all of 2016. 

Women Who Code Relaunches Chicago Chapter

The Chicago chapter of Women Who Code wants to help shape the culture of the city’s technology industry.

The international nonprofit Women Who Code boasts 100,000 members worldwide. This week, it’s relaunching its Chicago chapter and plans to offer meet-ups and other networking opportunities.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 22-25

Lake Michigan’s first floating water park features a floating trampoline and slides. (Courtesy of Wibit Sports)

Lake Michigan’s first floating water park, street festivals, the NHL draft and the annual Pride Parade. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Austin Community Leaders Kick Off Summer with Parade, Festival

A festival in Columbus Park wraps up a day of activities celebrating opportunity in the Austin community this Friday. (MrHarman / Wikimedia)

Hundreds of summer jobs are cause for celebration. “We want to make sure people know there are a lot of great things happening in this neighborhood besides bullets,” said one organizer of Friday’s event.

Program Gives Voice to Chicago’s Misunderstood, ‘Forgotten’ Youth

Brittney Shepherd, left, Kelly Fair, center, and Tara Campbell, right, of mentoring program Polished Pebbles. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Young women from Chicago’s South and West Sides can face the same roadblocks as young men, but their struggles often go unnoticed. How one mentoring program is communicating its message to girls—and teaching self-expression.

Madigan Joins Coalition of Attorneys General in Opioid Investigation

(David Kessler / Flickr)

Attorney General Lisa Madigan will join a bipartisan effort to investigate the role opioid manufacturers may play in contributing to the country’s opioid epidemic. 

Chicago Techweek Throws Away Old Script, Doubles Down on Mission

Chicago Techweek takes place from June 19-23. (Courtesy of Motion PR)

The technology festival Chicago Techweek returns for a sixth year. We speak with the Techweek CEO about this year’s “radical shift” in programming.

Rhymefest Reminds Chicago Bike Riders to ‘Stay in Your Lane’

Che “Rhymefest” Smith appears on Chicago Tonight on Aug. 29, 2016.

When Hyde Park resident Connie Spreen wrote song lyrics about bicycle safety a few years ago, her children begged her not to produce them. Now, she’s a co-producer alongside Rhymefest for “Stay in Your Lane.”

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 15-18

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Street festivals, vintage sales, funny femmes and plenty of tacos usher in Father’s Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Founders ‘Pushing Color’ at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival

Liz McArthur, left, and Jill Valentine, right, co-founded the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. (Courtesy of Stage 773)

When two local comedians launched the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in 2012, they were regularly asked: “What’s it like to be a woman in comedy?” Find out what’s in store for this year’s fest—and how the business of comedy is evolving.

DuSable Museum Seeking World War I Artifacts, Stories for New Exhibit

Men line up to enlist in World War I. (Courtesy of Christopher Reed)

The museum is turning to the public for help in telling the story of African-Americans who served as combat soldiers during World War 1.

Report: For Minimum Wage Workers, Affordable Housing ‘Out of Reach’

(Trey Ratcliff / Flickr)

A new housing report offers a bleak look at the cost of renting an apartment in Illinois for those earning minimum wage.

Mixed-Income Housing Plan for 3 Chicago Neighborhoods Moves Forward

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A plan to develop affordable housing units under the same roof as public libraries moved forward Wednesday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the winning architects and developers for each of the three projects.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 8-11

Indulge in a meaty weekend at Ribfest Chicago. (Beking Joassaint / Beking Joassaint Photography)

Live blues, lit wits, neighborhood festivals and ribs galore usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.