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Darcel Rockett


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Past articles by Darcel:

Itinerary: A weekend trip to sites on Illinois’ Underground Railroad

With dozens of sites in Illinois designated as part of the Underground Railroad, this 3-day trip itinerary includes a sweeping range of locations. → Read More

Illinois' Underground Railroad: Sites, descendants, history

The Chicago Tribune Underground Railroad series puts a spotlight on Illinois journeys of freedom seekers. → Read More

Young Chicago filmmakers get a trip to Cannes Film Festival with Chaz Ebert

Isis Gullette, Unique Moore and Christal Westmoreland are CHA residents that have been studying filmmaking at DePaul's "Become a Filmmaker" program for years. This Memorial Day weekend they came back from their first Cannes Film Festival experience thanks to Chaz Ebert. → Read More

Looking for Freedom Seekers: A map and guide to the Underground Railroad in Illinois

The Tribune is hoping to document Underground Railroad sites in Illinois. → Read More

The play ‘the ripple, the wave that carried me home’ at Goodman Theatre has much to say about politics, heritage and family

We spoke with playwright Christina Anderson and star Christiana Clark about what they want us to see in the work. → Read More

Once homeless, Petterino’s bartender devoted to helping others — and this Christmas, the whole restaurant is joining in to feed 500 for free

Petterino's bartender Terrence Wilson will give away 500 meals at the Chicago restaurant on Christmas as part of his mission and ministry to help others. → Read More

Mobile crisis response comes to south suburban Matteson to aid those in distress who don’t want to call police

The National Youth Advocate Program started the call center to help people deal with substance abuse, mental health and other crises. → Read More

‘Am I alive or am I dreaming?’ A former Northwestern Medicine nurse got a new lease on life from former employer with new liver and lung transplant, the health system’s first. ‘It was a tear-jerker.’

This holiday, Patricio Collera celebrates a new lease on life with a new lung and liver thanks to Northwestern Medicine’s first successful combined lung-liver transplant. → Read More

South Shore organizations are looking to move the needle on the community’s future development

A report aims to empower residents to better advocate for policies that help community members maintain their housing. → Read More

The Chicago Bears hosted the 1st girls flag football championship in Illinois. Officials want to make the game an IHSA-sanctioned sport by 2024.

Over the last two years, dozens of high school teams have registered for flag football and the Chicago Bears are hopeful the continued growth will lead to the sport becoming an IHSA sanctioned sport by 2024. → Read More

1 in 10 people in the U.S. have a rare disease. These 3 Chicagoland residents are on their own journey with a rare condition.

Individuals may pride themselves on their uniqueness. But what if that uniqueness worked against you in the literal sense? → Read More

Poetry Foundation’s Lilly Prizes make for a memorable night: ‘You hear about it, you dream about it, but you never expect that you will get’

“The thing about poetry is it is more popular during times of social upheaval and turmoil,” winner Angela Jackson said. → Read More

2022 Illinois Report Card: Wins for graduation rates and students’ academic growth — but chronic absenteeism continues

Among the highlights: the highest graduation rate in over a decade, driven by gains for Black and Hispanic students. → Read More

A Round Lake woman with breast cancer faced barriers to care. But after her trip to Mexico and back, Advocate Good Shepherd Breast Cancer Center came to her aid.

A breast cancer diagnosis is never easy, but it’s especially difficult when you’re unable to find the treatment and care you need. → Read More

3Arts Awards marks 15 years with nearly $500,000 in grants to women, artists of color and artists with disabilities

Chicago-based 3Arts honored the 15th anniversary of the 3Arts Awards with nearly $500,000 in unrestricted grants to local artists. → Read More

‘Loudmouth’ shows Al Sharpton’s impact on the civil rights movement and his role as a voice for the Black community: ‘I’m the blow-up man’

The documentary looks at his life and work, from his activist roots to his eulogy at George Floyd's funeral. "What I try to tell young activists is 'don’t have the noise be the end, have it be the means to the end.'" → Read More

Nopal chips, mangonada popcorn: 3 Chicagoland food entrepreneurs hope DoorDash accelerator will fuel growth

DoorDash’s Accelerator for Local Goods program provides grants and development for Chicagoland businesses Nemi Snacks, Herby Pop and Lorenzo's Frozen Pudding. → Read More

First high-rise built by a Black-owned construction firm is taking shape in Fulton Market

The 43-story high-rise is being constructed using a new state incentive designed to boost affordable housing. → Read More

Photographer Peter Vagt celebrates Morton Arboretum’s centennial with book tribute, ‘Light Through the Trees’

"Light through the Trees: Photographs at the Morton Arboretum" by Peter Vagt honors the 100th anniversary of the Morton Arboretum. → Read More

Chicago author Erika Sánchez talks new memoir, motherhood and ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’: ‘I didn’t want to write a sequel’

Local author Erika Sanchez, the author of "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" has a new book out, the memoir "Crying in the Bathroom." → Read More