Sep 11

Introducing the Chicago Community Bond Fund, or, Why We Should Let Most People Out of Cook County Jail

By Chicago Community Bond Fund — CCBF is a revolving fund that will pay bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County Jail (CCJ). In addition, we will engage in education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system and ultimately advocate for the abolition of money bond. CCBF supports individuals whose lives and communities have been impacted by structural violence and whose bonds are completely out of proportion to their ability to pay.

Nov 18

Release of AREA #15 : Healing and Repair

By AREA Staff — The Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago Sunday, December 6th 2015, 3:00-5:00 PM Please join us to celebrate the release of AREA #15: Healing and Repair, to meet contributors and hear updates, to offer your own reflections and input to this citywide conversation. We will also unveil projects for the online special issue! This event is free […]

Jun 30

Special Projects online: Whole Lotta Love

By AREA Staff — We are proud to release “Whole Lotta Love”, the first in a collection of of content for AREA #15 online: Healing and Repair. “Whole Lotta Love” is an audio project collaboration between Elephant Rebellion and Francesco De Salvatore for AREA #15: a story about how the death of John Vietnam spurred a movement of young […]

Jun 18

AREA #15 Sneak Peek and Fundraiser

By AREA Staff — June 30, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Township, 2200 N California Ave, Chicago $10-$20 at the door, sliding scale Join us for an evening of music and conversation, an update about our work on the upcoming issue of AREA: Issue 15 and check out the newly added silent auction items! Asian-Fusion dinner for up to 4 : […]

Nov 21

Call for Proposals AREA #15: Healing

By AREA Staff — Deadline has been extended until January 15! Issue #15 of AREA Chicago will focus on how community-based practices are redefining our understanding of healing and care. We consider this topic broadly: from exploring experiences of oppression and resistance, to understanding generational trauma and systemic harms, to rethinking our understandings of violence, health, self-defense, restitution and […]

Nov 02

Section 6: Infrastructure

By AREA Staff — what are the institutions and social devices of Childhood?

Section 5: What is a Child, Anyways?

By AREA Staff — Reflections on “child” as a social artefact

Section 4: Learning and Unlearning

By AREA Staff — Learning is a relationship; and it is not always what we expect

Apr 08

Growing up with the CPD

By Francesco de Salvatore and members of the Young Fugitives — Growing Up With The CPD is a series of audio interviews exploring the relationship between young people and law enforcement in Chicago. The project is initiated/facilitated by Francesco De Salvatore. Featured are Patrick C. Blanton, David Dixon, Julissa Garcia, Neto Perdomo, Eliseo Real. They are members of the Young Fugitives, a performance group consisting of […]

Mar 26

Issue #14 Release Event!

By AREA Staff — Wednesday, April 23,  5-8 PM Read/Write Library 914 N. California – (enter on Walton Ave) Chicago, IL 60622 To release our new issue, we invite YOU to help create the cover! Join us for a multi-generational gathering with conversation, music, food and activities. People of all ages welcome. This is an accessible space. What do […]

Jan 14

AREA #14 discussion/reading at Blackstone Library

By AREA Staff — AREA Chicago and Friends of Blackstone Library present Writing Children January 22, at 6:00 PM Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave Facebook event here To explore the politics of being a child, AREA invites you to consider writing about childhood as a political project. Contributors to our forthcoming Issue #14: KIDS! will read from their articles, and reflect […]

Aug 15

City Dreams: A Workshop for Kids!!

By AREA Staff — Saturday, August 24th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM McCormick Tribune YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale Ave During the “Youth Rise Up – Radical Resistance” summit, Chicago Childcare Collective will facilitate activities with 7-12 year olds, to generate images of a future Chicago in the year 2038 for the next issue of AREA. Please participate in this […]

Jun 26

Summer-Fall 2013: Developing AREA #14 “Kids!”

By AREA Staff — AREA Chicago is a community publication that supports Chicago-based social justice practices and struggles. We are currently developing our next issue, which will be called "Kids!". We want to explore the social, political and cultural dimension of this topic. How does our society define what it means to be a child, who counts as a child and who does not? How do kids participate in the world in general, in social justice struggles in particular? What does it mean to be growing up in Chicago? We want to see how children and adults come together to challenge and re-imagine ideas of "child" and childhood as a basis for to building more just communities and relationships. Over the next few months we will be organizing events, community discussions and special projects -- and we want to hear from you! Below are updates on this process and information on how you can be involved.

Jun 22

Call for Submissions to AREA #14: Kids

By AREA Staff — Deadline for proposals: September 1. If accepted, first drafts will be due in mid October. Please click on the blog post to submit your proposal. Your proposal should be 200-300 words, outlining a clear idea and direction. Editors can help support turning your proposal into a final submission -- our published texts are usually between 600-1,400 words, but we can try to accommodate other lengths or formats whenever possible. Do you have an idea that is not a text? You may propose an event, photographic images, drawings/graphics, or media work. Describe it, we will try to feature other formats in our online issue and also in events.

Mar 31

Sneak Peek: AREA #13 Table of Contents

By AREA Staff — Please join us to launch AREA Chicago Issue #13: Home Fronts, Housing Struggles Thursday, April 4 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted St., Chicago 5-6 PM Museum open hours and special tours of “Unfinished Business: Home Economics in the 21st Century” 6-7:30 PM Issue #13 readings and celebration Issue includes photographic […]

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Mar 28

Home Fronts, Housing Struggles – Release of AREA #13

By AREA Staff — Please join us to launch AREA Chicago Issue #13, Thursday, April 4 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted St., Chicago *5-6 PM Museum open hours and special tours of “Unfinished Business: Home Economics in the 21st Century” *6-7:30 PM Issue #13 readings and celebration AREA Issue #13: Home Fronts, Housing Struggles […]

Mar 01

Housing Matters

By AREA Staff — Housing Matters: Gentrification, Detention and the Foreclosure Crisis in Chicago Saturday, March 9 2013 – 4:30 PM-6:30 PM DePaul Art Museum, 935 W Fullerton Ave Join us for a discussion about efforts to re-think and re-shape Chicago. Will also have a sneak peek at AREA Issue #13 “Home Fronts, Housing Struggles”, coming out in early […]

Image by Sarah Jane Rhee
Jan 26

Ocupados/Occupations and Tent Cities

By AREA Staff — Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (we regret this venue is not wheelchair accessible) Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities, curated by Jayne Hileman as part of AREA #13, examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities. Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99%, an exhibit curated by Jesus Macarina-Avilaby for Instituto de Nuestro Cultura, features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino/a artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-occupy world. Artists/projects: Alfonso Fernández Acevedo, Celia Alvarez-Munoz, Eric J. Garcia, Jose Guerrero, Pedro Lasch, MadHousers, Atlanta and Chicago, Occupied Chicago Tribune, Sarah Jane Rhee, Love + Struggle Photos, Nyki Salinas Duda & Sydney Stoudmire, and more…

Sep 04

Issue #13 Proposal Deadline: September 15

By AREA Staff — AREA Chicago’s issue #13, to be released in December/January, will focus on Housing and Home. We invite contributions — text, image, and video — dealing with housing in a concrete sense (specific sites, buildings, histories, and activist campaigns) or a broader sense (definitions and creative interventions into the idea of “home”). Content should have a […]