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    EDUCATION In addition to basic tutoring and help with homework, 826CHI offers a unique environment for inspiring young writers. LEARN MORE.

  • Porters watch as Dr. James Russell of Brown University drills a hole into a boulder near Lake Kopello.  Margaret Jackson, to the right, is measuring shielding. Photograph by Alice Doughty.

    ENVIRONMENT Comer Fellows in the Field: Dr. Alice Doughty just returned from the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT We asked thirty climate scientists to answer the same question. WATCH A VIDEO of their responses.

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    CULTURE Natural Resources Defense Council artist-in-residence Jenny Kendler's TELL IT TO THE BIRDS is an imaginative attempt to bridge the experiential gap between human and animal minds.

  • Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago

    CULTURE “Photography is not its own world, but a way through the world.” Q&A with Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of the Department of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Jalen Sanchez at Esperanza Health Center

    HEALTH CARE “I’ve never known any other clinic that reaches out and actually tries to help. I have complete trust [in the staff],” says Vanessa Sanchez. Her son, Jalen, is an asthma patient at Esperanza Health Center. Learn more about how MHNConnect and Esperanza improved Jalen's care.

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    EDUCATION Comer To College provides comprehensive academic and social support to help Gary Comer College Prep and Gary Comer Youth Center alumni reach college graduation. LEARN MORE.

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    ENVIRONMENT Comer Fellows in the Field offers an inside view of SCIENCE IN ACTION.

  • Friend Family Health Center

    HEALTHCARE "It makes me feel special that someone else cares for my health," said Mozelle Bryant, a patient at Friend Family Health Center. LEARN MORE about Medical Home Network.

  • Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing Installation

    CULTURE Stephanie D'Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art, Art Institute Chicago, discusses the THE ROLE OF A CURATOR.

  • Cheryl Hull Chicago Recovery Alliance

    HEALTHCARE "Each day, when I get off of work, I realize that I helped save someone's life. That's why I do what I do," said Cheryl Hull, Deputy Director, Chicago Recovery Alliance. Read more about our work with NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS.

  • Gary Comer Arctic

    ENVIRONMENT As Gary Comer gazed out at the icy waters around him, he knew something wasn’t quite right. Climate Scientist Wally Broecker tells the STORY of his first meeting with Gary Comer.

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The Spy Who Tutored Me

The Spy Who Tutored Me

Nov 19, 2015

On any given school night, kids from all over Chicago gather their homework into backpacks and handbags, head to a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, and slip through the secret door behind the counter at the Spy Store. They’re not undercover agents, of course, but they are joining an elite society of sorts. […]

Chicago Recovery Alliance’s naloxone distribution saves lives

Chicago Recovery Alliance’s naloxone distribution saves lives

Jun 29, 2015

Dan Bigg is in his office for the day, a converted warehouse on Chicago’s West Side surrounded by vacant lots. Later he’ll turn one of the silver vans parked behind him into a roving healthcare clinic, making stops in parts of the Chicago area suffering from a growing epidemic of opioid overdoses. He answers his […]

Dr. Jill Glick, a Pioneer in Child Abuse Pediatrics

Dr. Jill Glick, a Pioneer in Child Abuse Pediatrics

Jun 3, 2015

The children would arrive at the emergency room in the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital with burns, broken bones, or worse. Many would be discharged after treatment only to return with another injury, sometimes too late for doctors to save them. Dr. Jill Glick was a pediatric resident during the late 1980s, when […]

Comer Fellows in the Field: Alice Doughty

Comer Fellows in the Field: Alice Doughty

Jan 27, 2015

In January, 2015, Alice M. Doughty, a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College, Margaret Jackson, a Ph.D. student at Dartmouth College, and James Russell, a professor at Brown University, traveled to the southern section of the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda to study tropical glaciers and track their changes during and since the last ice age that occurred […]

Environmental advocacy requires a collaborative approach

Environmental advocacy requires a collaborative approach

Jan 12, 2015

Practicing law can seem like an exercise in creating divisions—between right and wrong, aggrieved party and defendant, us and them—but the practitioners at the Environmental Law & Policy Center say their work is all about bringing people together. Board member Harry Drucker says that’s a particularly important role in environmental campaigns, where it pays to […]