Over the years, nearly every major news outlet has reported on Chicago's violent crime rate. Adding fuel to the fire, 2016 marked Chicago's most violent year in nearly two decades.
It's painful to watch a city you love be associated with negativity. However, there are always two sides to every story.
While the media continues to push a negative narrative, a creative renaissance gathers pace. Artists, activists, community organizers, and youth unite to uplift the city.
#CelebrateCHI is a compilation of stories, interviews, and multimedia inspired by Chicago. Through a unique lens, the e-zine covers what we love about Chicago, CPS students studying abroad, and youth activism.