Keeping it Real Chi With Grace Barry


My name is Grace Barry. I come from the North Side of Chicago, I come from generations of writers, and I come from a big ridiculous community of Chicago queer people. I come from a family of people who love giant dinosaur movies and Mad Max: Fury Road, and my family, where I come from, is a big part of who I am. Besides that I am a writer, an adventurer, and an intrepid journalist. This year with Real Chi Youth I’d love to look into voting demographics from across the city, and really get behind the history of Chicago’s infamous political corruption. Right now I think a lot of Chicago media lacks historical context and a solid framework on which to base stories around, and i’d love to see Chicago media change to tell stories that aren’t just in the moment, but tell the whole story and span the breadth of history.


By Grace Barry