Posts tagged environmental health & wellness
Public Transport, Private Treatment: Is the CTA Different Around the City?

The CTA plays a large part in the lives of many Chicagoans. With over 1.6 million bus and train trips said to be taken on the average weekday, it's clear that the public transportation system is functioning well despite recent competition from ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber. But just how well is CTA serving its West side customers?

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Accessibility at the Taste Good But Could Use More Work

Many cite the Taste of Chicago as the biggest food festival in the world, with many kinds of delicious food all in one place.. For Zhen Heinemann, director of Visitors Experiences at the Taste of Chicago, it’s important to have accessibility be a main focus for the festival.

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The Taste of Chicago needs to continue making strides for the Vegan Community to feel welcome

The Taste of Chicago is one of the city’s biggest family-oriented food festivals that gives the public diverse food options to enjoy. This year, the Taste of Chicago had a total of eighty-two vendors, including five-day vendors and pop-ups. Twenty-seven gave vegan options, and eleven out of the twenty-seven were just desserts, sending a message to those looking for vegan options that the Taste of Chicago may not be the festival for them.

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In full circle moment, former inmate-turned beekeeper starts program to teach beekeeping at Cook County Dept. of Corrections

On May 3rd, 2019,  former inmate and co-founder of the apiary services company Westside Bee Boyz Thad Smith returned to the Cook County Department of Corrections where he was incarcerated to kickoff a new beekeeping program.

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City committee approves $20 million tax incentive for shipping center despite resistance from Little Village Residents

The Chicago City Council Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development voted on Friday, March 1 to approve a tax break for a controversial shipping center in Little Village. The Class 6(b) tax incentive for the site of the former Crawford Generating Station will now move to city council for a full vote, despite protests from residents that the project will be harmful to their health.

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You reap what you sow at New Horizons Garden

According to Rev. Celeste Groff, gardening is good for the body. A pastor at North Lawndale’s Chicago First Church of Brethren and caretaker of New Horizons Community Garden, she knows firsthand that the key to growth involves care. Especially for Groff, gardening is not just about reaping the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

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Curvy Chick Yoga spotlights self-care by building strong minds and bodies

Facing constant battles with mental health, Angelica Lewis, a resident of North Lawndale, turned to her yoga mat to find inner peace and balance. She began visiting area yoga studios, but while there, she often found herself displaced. Lewis said she’s a curvier woman, and most classes or instructors weren’t considerate of her body’s needs.

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