By Margarita Torres and Marci Ponce

“Full of potential, vibrant, rich with culture” were the words used to describe the community of Little Village by Yesenia Barrera, 27, an ESL teacher at a not-for-profit organization who has lived in Little Village her whole life.

Little Village is also known as La Villita; a tight-knit neighborhood located on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Encompassing an abundant culture and considered a home away from home.

The neighborhood mirrors the nostalgic upbringing of Mexico. It is estimated that 47% of the population in Little Village are immigrants of foreign descent.

Colorful Mural depicting diversity and unity in Little Village. Photo by Marcimiliana Ponce.

The portrayal of cultural pride…


By Gaby Rios and Margarita Torres

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry and has been a game-changer for food health inspectors here in Chicago.

When the pandemic started, many began focusing on the effect of mandated shutdowns on restaurants: in-person dining closures and employee layoffs.

According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 eating and drinking establishments in the United States were forced to temporarily or permanently close for business from March 2020 to January 2021.

In Illinois, it has been more than a year since all food and cuisine establishments were ordered to halt in-door dining, however, Gov. J.B. …


The pandemic has impacted people all over the world; however, this graphic depicts various visual statistics regarding COVID-19 in Illinois from Dec. 15, 2020, to March 9, 2021. The data focuses on several datasets including Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccines, etc.

Illinois Demographics

Illinois is a Midwest state with a population of 12,741,080, as of 2021.

Although the pandemic has impacted everyone, it was interesting to isolate a specific state and research all the data provided in terms of how Illinois has managed the Coronavirus.

The graphic helps visualize the statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, collected from Dec. 15, 2020, to March 9, 2021.

Coronavirus Cases in Illinois

The coronavirus was a foreign concept, many assumed that it was occurring in China and was meant to be contained; however, the virus did spread and was soon considered…


Chicago is a city full of diversity. Its residents and architecture bring an expression of culture all over the city. Furthermore, the architecture is elevated with its display of artwork.

Murals, in particular, are plastered all over the city’s walls. Each mural is unique, personal, and up to interpretation from diverse perspectives.

The interactive graphic illustrates the mural registry in Chicago. The map pinpoints each mural in the city through multiple divisions for the neighborhood boundaries.

The data ranges from 1971 to 2020. There are approximately 115 murals recorded in the Chicago Data Portal mural registry.

The murals in…


Weeghman Park was the original name given to what we now know as Wrigley Field, which got its new name in the late 20s, home of the Chicago Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs team was founded in the 1870s but did not gain popularity until the 1900s. In fact, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 1907; it was a 2–0 win against the Detroit Tigers.

Although the Cubs have been around for more than a century, the graphic isolates data from 2000–2020.

The interactive graphic demonstrates the Chicago Cubs’ attendance at Wrigley Field throughout these 20 years.


The LGBTQ+ community has been a close-knit community; however, the community struggled for years, and still do, to be accepted in society. Being able to have pride in themselves for being who they are is important; the pride parade’s significance is more profound than what meets the eye.

Above, the graphic depicts the attendance at pride parades in Chicago throughout the years.

The graphic begins in the year 1985. According to The New York Times, the pride parade has been held each year since the 70’s. …


YouTube Dominates Streaming Services in Google Search

2020 was a bizarre year for many Americans. On March 1st, America was mandated to a stay at home order for at least a month. People were contained in their homes; therefore, there was a great deal of leisure time for many who were not preoccupied with work and school.

According to an analysis of Google Trends search data, YouTube has been the most searched streaming service the last 12 months. YouTube is a free streaming platform that launched in 2005 and has grown astronomically with millions of views and customized content preferences.


Pension reform arises conflict due to its hinderance for future college students’ MAP grant eligibility.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. …

Margarita Torres

UIC junior majoring in communications with a passion for the media.

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