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Literacenter

Chicago is working to become more of a tech hub than it’s been in the past, trying to incentivize entrepreneurs to set up shop here and attract new talent. A group of local non-profits is now mirroring some of those methods to have a bigger impact. Literacenter is a hub in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that will combine various literacy agencies to share programming ideas and create a common place for learning. The Chicago Literary Alliance serves as the umbrella organization behind the project, and we talk with the Alliance’s co-founder Stacy Ratner about why this is needed now. We also talk to Jessica Jones Lewis, Programs Manager at Open Books, about what literacy needs are the most pressing in the city. (Flickr/faungg's photos)

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