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Earth to Kenzie
Homelessness through the eyes of a 5th grader is the basis for “Earth to Kenzie,” a new opera for 2nd through 7th graders co-produced by Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera. In addition to a monthlong Opera in the Neighborhoods tour, the 45-m...

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The Joker
For nearly 80 years, the Joker has kept his backstory a mystery. Since the character’s first appearance in Batman #1 in the spring of 1940, comic book readers have known the Joker as an ordinary man with a penchant for robbery. That first comic bo...

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Holly Smith
My name is Holly Smith, and the first time I started selling StreetWise I was in my early 30s and pregnant with my kid. I wrote poetry back then and StreetWise published it in the magazine. After that, I started meeting people and doing my spoken...

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Domestic Violence Awareness
Learning that domestic violence (DV) was a significant problem among his parishioners led Father Charles Dahm to a second calling.   Father Dahm, O.P., was pastor of St. Pius V Church in Pilsen, which provided a variety of social services, ranging...

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Tom Owens
Cara Chicago is sad to announce the death of Cara founder and StreetWise supporter, Thomas Owens, who passed away on Sunday morning, September 29.   Tom was an innovator – in business, philanthropy, faith, and family. He was an IBM executive for 2...