Keeping it Real: Getting the Real Chicago Narrative with José Olivarez

For a long time, Chicago has been depicted as a war zone on par with Iraq. Its nationwide coverage centers around violence, crime, poverty and gang activity. For many community activists and residents of the city, these stories don’t depict the Chicago they grow up in. José Guadalupe-Olivarez, longtime resident and community activist, says “The media tends to look at Chicago the same way it looks at a foreign country.”

In the midst of this alienation, Real Chi Youth speaks to Olivarez about what being a Chicagoan is like for him.

Real Chi Youth reporters are also given the opportunity to speak not as reporters but as Chicago youth, giving first hand experiences and thoughts on the Chicago they know and call home.

By Carolina Gallo, Grace Barry, Jaylon Jones and Vicky Figueroa




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