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Chicago’s Homeless: Hope for the Future

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Rodney Carter tells his story of life on the streets. (Photo: Caitlin Hacker)

In any given year, between 2.5 million and 3.5 million people in the United States live on the streets, not knowing where their next meal will come from or bed will be.

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Willy Wilkn sells StreetWise on Michigan Avenue. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)

People just like Chicago’s Rodney Carter and Willy Wilkn.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Caitlin Hacker, Manuel Argueta and Jessica Ernst interviewed Jenkins, Wilkn and other Chicagoans who recounted how they became homeless, how they survive the brutal winters and how others treat them.

They also interviewed workers from Cafe Too, a restaurant that hires homeless people to help them earn a living and get off of the streets.

Audio Slideshow: Chicago’s homeless tell their stories, and an employee at Cafe Too talks about the journey out of homelessness. Music provided rights-free by PodSafeAudio.com.

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Q&A: Chicagoist’s Marcus Gilmer

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Marcus Glimer
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Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q&A-format features on how Chicago-based, national and international journalists and other professionals incorporate current technology into their jobs.

Marcus Gilmer earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of New Orleans.

But as editor-in-chief of Chicagoist, Gilmer finds clever ways to tell stories about the Windy City through a journalistic approach. Chicagoist, part of the Gothamist chain of Web sites, covers news, food and events throughout the city.

Through the world of evolving online journalism, Glimer has found a balance between writing what he knows and writing what he thinks.

Gilmer talked with ChicagoStorytelling’s Caitlin Hacker, Katie Nelson and Cheryl Waity about his site, his career path and the future of online storytelling.

Hacker’s interview and audio.

Nelson’s interview and audio.

Waity’s Q&A.

Some Remain Upbeat in Chicago Olympic Defeat

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A Cubs' W sign is discarded in Daley Plaza. (Photo by Poppy Peterson)

By Caitlin Hacker and Manuel Argueta

Chicago may have lost the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games but the spirits of many interviewed at Daley Plaza on Friday were still high.

Daley Plaza was packed with people who had high hopes that the city of Chicago would represent the world for the future olympic games. Native Chicagoans, tourists and hopeful athletes gathered to support the city and to hear the International Olympic Committee’s announcement of the host city for the 2016 Games.

Police Sergeant O’Connor, who was working near the Plaza said, “It would be great for our city. Chicago is an international city and the Olympics are international games.”

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