Chicago-area landlord Derrick Rowe had to sell three properties and borrow against his retirement to make ends meet this year.
Among the countless mundane moments from the past year, there are so many stories of heartache, renewal and gratitude. So, we wanted to know: How has living through a year of pandemic isolation changed you? What have you learned?
Author Jian Ping added winter swims to her routine, and it has been magical.
Evanston resident Susannah Pratt discovered an appreciation for the quiet routine of family life in quarantine.
Librarian Brittany Drehobl helped move services online and learned just how essential her work is to the community.
Writer Stan Engelsen’s emergency room experience brought back memories of losing a loved one to AIDS in the 1980s.
Elementary school teacher Mel Georgiou created a club for gamers to help her students connect and discovered her own value as an educator.
When activist Jorge Valdivia lost his brother to COVID-19, who lived his life to the fullest, Valdivia was inspired to apply to grad school.
Northwestern professor Michelle Buck grappled with physical distance from her mother, who has advanced dementia, and her infant granddaughter.
Ellis Curry, 9, says despite the stress of this year, she’s learned gratitude for family and friends.
Writer Suzanne McDonough, whose immune diseases make her especially vulnerable to COVID-19, felt comfort in a world of masks and caution.
Chicago artist Yvette Mayorga used acrylic, nails, collage and rhinestones to make this painting, on display in New York City.
Curious City spent the morning at two Chicago-area vaccination sites and spoke to people who’d just gotten a dose of the vaccine.
We’ve lived through a year like no other. Here’s what it looked like in Chicago and around the world.
Mental health challenges. Isolation. Reusing PPE. What three health workers learned from Illinois’ first coronavirus surge.
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, last December. Less than a month later, cases were reported in the U.S. — including Chicago.
Michael Bane’s essay on getting COVID-19 spread widely on Facebook. Now, he’s home and recovering, but still in isolation.