Category Archives: Edgewater

People on the Street: 60 Percent Suffer From Depression and Anxiety

by Sadie Lipe 

In light of the unprecedented number of school shootings in 2018, gun legislation and control — and mental health — have become hot-button issues across the country.

Fortunately, in the Rogers Park and Edgewater areas, there have been no reported school shootings so far this year.

However, according to a recent (albiet… small) survey, many residents are suffering from mental health problems.

The RogersEdge Reporter recently conducted an online survey to gather thoughts and opinions on the current state of mental health and available resources in the area.

Of the 15 respondents, 60 percent live in the Rogers Park or Edgewater area, and more than half said they suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder such as anxiety, bipolar disorder or depression.

All respondents said they knew of “very few to no” mental health resources available in the Rogers Park and Edgewater areas.

They also rated the publicity of mental health resources in the neighborhoods as “poor.”

A majority of respondents said the community needs more affordable and accessible clinics, therapists and psychiatrists, increased funding from the city and state for mental health treatment and additional in-patient and out-patient treatment facilities.

Currently, there are only four centers within the 48th and 49th wards, according to community help pages.  

One individual shared a personal story. She has close friends at Loyola who cannot access the university’s Wellness Center for therapy because of the difficult of scheduling preliminary appointments.

“If these centers want to reach out to everyone, they need to make the effort to accommodate everyone,” the respondent said.

Other people mentioned problems related to “housing for the mentally ill,” “understanding the connection between homelessness and mental illness” and “community engagement and awareness programs.”















Warm Temperatures In Rogers Park and Edgewater This Week

By Katherine Butler


It’s finally getting warmer in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

Monday’s high was 57 degrees.

We’ll end the week with a high of 42 degrees Sunday.

But it’s still gloomy. Fog has been a daily visitor this week. Rogers Park resident and Loyola senior Madeline Heller, got stuck in Minneapolis this President’s Day. She said, “I was upset that I missed class, but a few more hours with my family is nice.”

Today will probably be the only day without rain. Finger’s crossed we will be able to see the sun Sunday and Monday.



Slideshow: An Hour on Bryn Mawr Avenue

By Sadie Lipe 

Click on any photo below to learn more about one of Edgewater’s most historic blocks. Like many areas on Chicago’s north side, the 1000 block of West Bryn Mawr is a commercial hub, cultural melting pot and architecturally significant. But the block is also plagued by urban problems like crime and homelessness.



CTA to Extend Red Line

In late January, the CTA announced a plan to extend the Red Line by 5.3 extra miles on the south side of the city.  This would include four new stations placed near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Ave, and 130th Street.

The project is expected to cost $2.3 billion.

“By extending the Red Line south we are strengthening Chicagoans’ connections to each other, to opportunity and to the world,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Many south side residents told Streets Blog Chicago that the extension is long overdue, and that  they deserve the same transit benefits as Northsiders.

The Red Line runs through the entire north side of Chicago.

But many south side residents live in what the Metropolitan Planning Council has called  a “transit desert.”

Group of 5 Men Rob Red Line Commuters

Be alert and cautious if you are commuting downtown from Rogers Park or Edgewater on the CTA’s red line.

According to a story published by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Police Department has received three separate reports in the past two weeks about strong arm robberies occurring in Red and Blue line subway tunnels downtown.

Five men, who witnesses described as African Americans between the ages of  18 and 25, surrounded, threatened and beat their victims before talking their wallets, phones and even a designer belt.

The first of these incidents occurred  at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 30. The men displayed a handgun.

Chicago Police have released images of surveillance camera footage that pictures four of the five suspects. CPD did not release an image of the fifth suspect.

Authorities have instructed anyone with information on the suspects pictured above to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384.

These incidents follow other crimes on the CTA within the last month.  A passenger has been shot on a bus and a man shot himself on a different bus just a few days later. An arsonist also set fire to a train car on Jan. 20.


Talking About Tragedies With Children

After last week’s school shooting in Florida, many parents in Rogers Park and Edgewater are wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies.

Dr. Stevan Weine, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, shared this list of tips with after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

1.  Listen. Children are observant. They hear things at school, on television and from adults.  Let them ask questions and express their fears.

2. Let them direct the conversation.  Provide only essential information, so children don’t feel overwhelmed. In other words, there’s no need to explain how the NRA funds Congress.

3. Reassure them that they’re safe.  Remind little one that adults around them are there to keep them safe.

4. Keep a poker face. Children easily read nonverbal signals, so do your best to maintain your composure to create a calm environment. No tears in front of the kiddos.


Taco Bell Dominates Late Night Food Scene

Taco Bell has taken over the late night munch scene.

Before the food chain opened its doors almost two years ago, many Rogers Park residents, especially Loyola students, had no choice but to use a food delivery service like Grub Hub if they wanted something to eat late at night.

The other fast food spots in the neighborhood – Five Guys, Chipotle, Potbellys, and bopNgrill – all close their doors at 10 P.M.

Taco Bell is open as late as 3 a.m., when many  Loyola students are up late studying (or not studying) and need to refuel.

The food chain has even incorporated the ability to order online, so the food can come right to one’s door.

The wait is usually short.   Kelly S., a Rogers Park resident, says, “Even though it’s very crowded on the occasions I’ve gone past 10 P.M., they get my food faster than they do in the middle of the day.”



Dining Service Apologizes for Controversial Display

A few menu items offered at a Loyola dining hall were intended to celebrate Black History Month.

Instead, they sparked outrage among the Loyola community.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the sign posted near the food said, “Black History Month: Try our African American cuisine popular in the African American Community.”

The food options were:

  •  fried chicken
  • collard greens
  • grape-flavored Kool-Aid

After students complained to staff and posted images online, the food was quickly removed.

Loyola senior, Armeen Sayani, said, “My friends were hurt to see their culture represented in such stereotypical way.”

Dine Loyola, a subsidiary owned by food service Aramark, released a statement on its Facebook page, Feb. 9, apologizing for the controversial display.

“One of our core values is integrity and respect always,” the statement read. “Aramark fully recognizes that the execution of the promotion was done in an insensitive way.”

Sayani felt that the apology was important, as it takes accountability for what happens and makes an effort to recognize the wrongdoing.

“I’m happy that they apologized,  I just wish it didn’t happen in the first place.” Sayani said. “It would have been nice if they made a more personal apology by doing directly to organizations like BCC and ASA, but I guess this is a start.”

Slideshow: The History of Senn High School

By Bernadette Hoffman

The 5900 block of North Glenwood Ave. is part of Edgewater, a community on the North Side of the city of Chicago. The block is home to Senn High School, an urban college prep that houses one of four military schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. On Monday February 5, we toured the campus and learned about its rich history, which goes back to the early 20th century.

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