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…

Gender-based violence or violence against women, particularly in regards to intimate partner violence and sexual violence is a vital public health problem, and a violation of women’s human rights.

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 (30 %) of women globally have been victims of either sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner or stranger across their lifetime.

Violence against women however is preventable. In a city like Chicago, where crime rates are at a constant high, there are still plenty of resources and organizations where women in need of help can turn to.

The Chicago Foundation…

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide, and continues to present an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems, and the world of work.

The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic has been devastating, and for many, it has felt like a never ending nightmare.

With the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine in early December, and recently the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, people have been given a new sense of profound hope.

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, and has been authorized for use for people aged 16 and older…

Michael Jordan, born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York is a former professional American basketball player, businessman, and actor who is often described as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

His 15 season long career consisted of leading the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships, and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times. With five regular season MVPs, and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan quickly became the most decorated player in the NBA.

The interactive graphic depicts how many points per game Jordan was averaging throughout each season of his career.

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From 1985 to 2014, the number of Chicago Pride Parade attendees has grown exponentially, marking it as an important event for the Windy City.

The Chicago Pride Parade originated in the 1970s organized by the Gay Rights Movement as a result of the Stonewall Riots, where police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

The LGBTQ + community has always advocated for a system where every individual has the freedom to express who they are, without fear, and continues to show pride through these events.

Graphic By Gaby Rios

As the bar…

By Gaby Rios and Gabrielle Galarowski

With the transition to online learning, classrooms have been left empty. (Photo/Creative Commons/Don Harder)

For Marta Carbol, who teaches Spanish at Brother Rice High School, the transition to online learning at the dawn of the pandemic was difficult at first.

“In the Spring, it was a very difficult thing for me to cope with, because I was not very well prepared, you know nobody was,” she said. “This was so new to everyone, when had we ever shut down the school for that length of time?”

On March 21, Gov. J.B Pritzker’s first statewide stay at home order went into effect beginning at 5 p.m. that day, through…

Hyde Park

Obama gave a speech in 2013, to address the issue of gun control in his hometown neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois.

For many months now, both state and health officials have urged people to stay indoors, and away from one another in order to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

However, as this pandemic continues, people have had to stay isolated at home, and as a result, are finding themselves going outside, and traveling longer distances than ever before.

With Illinois being called the “Prairie State”, there are various hiking trails throughout the Chicagoland area, and beyond for people to hike and explore.

These hiking trails all offer a vast and complex landscape, ensuring everyone has fun, despite these trying times.

With the upcoming winter months, some hiking trails may not be open to the public, but as always, remember to maintain social distancing, and follow proper CDC guidelines.

Gaby Rios

Communication and Psychology major at the University of Illinois — Chicago

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