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Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 at 09:07 AM CDT

25th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Underway

25th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Underway

NBC 5's Alex Maragos sits down with Sergio Mims to talk about the upcoming Black Harvest Film Festival, which according to it's official website, is a vibrant celebration of independent films that tell the...

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 at 12:29 PM CDT

Boy Travels Across America for Rare Surgery

Boy Travels Across America for Rare Surgery

A 4-year-old battling a lung disesae and several heart defects got incredible news recently, but a rare surgery required him to travel from Washington State to Boston. Fortunately, a group of remarkable...

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 at 09:14 PM CDT

Special Camp in Chicago Offers Wheelchair Accessible Activities

Special Camp in Chicago Offers Wheelchair Accessible Activities

Children with disabilities get to experience a day at the beach as a part of a special camp, where every activity is wheelchair accessible and the weeklong experience is free to all campers. NBC 5's LeeAnn...

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 at 07:45 PM CDT

Teen Helps Get Kids New Bikes Through Incredible Program

Teen Helps Get Kids New Bikes Through Incredible Program

A teen athlete is making a difference in his community by helping kids to get new bikes that he helps get repaired at a local shop. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has more. 

Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 at 12:34 PM CDT

Chicago Hockey Charity Classic to Return in August

Chicago Hockey Charity Classic to Return in August

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter sits with Special Olympics Chicago representative Kevin Magnuson about the upcoming 3rd annual Charity Classic celebrating inclusion in hockey. All money raised benefits the organization.

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 01:37 PM CDT

Chicago Hosts 3rd Annual Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Gala & Auction Tonight

Chicago Hosts 3rd Annual Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Gala & Auction Tonight

NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter sits with the CEO and Founder of the scholarship foundation, Tenisha Taylor, to talk about how her organization helps young men impacted by gun violence.

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 at 06:57 PM CDT

Chicago Mom Makes Jewelry Out of Bullets

Chicago Mom Makes Jewelry Out of Bullets

A Chicago mother is on a mission to help those impacted by gun violence. She uses bullets to create wearable art. Regina Waldroup reports. 

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 at 06:50 PM CDT

Summer Camp Aims to Give More Children Access to Arts

Summer Camp Aims to Give More Children Access to Arts

"Forward Momentum Chicago" offers professional dance lessons to students across Chicago. Now, their summer camp has expanded to allow more children access to the arts. Sabrina Santucci reports. 

Friday, Jul 19, 2019 at 07:51 PM CDT

Local Group Helps Make a Family Whole

Local Group Helps Make a Family Whole

Now, the story of a Chicago couple who went from homelessness to happiness. During tough times, they lost custody of their three young children, but thanks to a local organization, they're a family again. NBC...

Friday, Jul 19, 2019 at 03:15 PM CDT

Chicago Food Depository Offers Free Summer Meals

Chicago Food Depository Offers Free Summer Meals

 With kids out of school for the summer, the Chicago Food Depository is aiming to make sure no one goes hungry this summer by offering free meals. NBC 5's Alex Maragos has more. 

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