My Pandemic Year

What The Year Of COVID-19 Taught Us

WBEZ asked Chicagoans to share how they’ve adjusted and evolved during an unthinkable year. Here are the stories — in their words.

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? 

We heard from dozens of Chicagoans, who told us about coping with the loss of a brother, finding solace in the icy waters of Lake Michigan or discovering something inside themselves. Here are essays from just 11 of the people who responded. Click “Listen” to hear their voices.