Ariel Parrella-Aureli

I am a freelance journalist in Chicago and the editor-in-chief of the hyperlocal news site LoganSquarist, dedicated to Logan Square. I am also a digital content producer at WBBM Newsradio. I write for Windy City Times, Block Club Chicago, Sojourners and have pieces published in the Chicago Reader, Psymposia, Univision Chicago, Streetsblog Chicago, Curbed and more.

Published Work

WBEZ Teams Up With Comedy Central to Bring Real Talk, Humor to Chicago’s South Side in New Podcast

James “The Oil Man.” Arthur, the 72-year-old self-taught hip-hop producer. Midge, owner of a popular black hair salon. Chicago police officer Stephen Boyd, who works in the Englewood gang unit as a side hustle — but is also an actor and comedian. These are the people who make up Chicago’s South Side. Their stories come alive in a new podcast by WBEZ and Comedy Central called South Side Stories, created and hosted by Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, the duo behind Comedy Central’s hit TV show “South Side.”

A New Radio Play Dramatizes the 1919 Race Riot

As the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s 1919 race riot approached, WBEZ reporter Natalie Y. Moore wanted to commemorate the occasion through the medium she knows best: radio. But instead of the sober reporting you’d see from traditional media outlets, Moore wrote an audio play recreating the events as they would have been heard and experienced. To do that, she teamed up with the Make-Believe Association, a local storytelling organization that creates socially-driven audio dramas.

Tired Of Pink And Blue Kids Clothing, Chicago Women Launch Earth-Friendly (And Non-Gendered) Children’s Clothing Line

CHICAGO — Parents know the drill: get grilled about the sex of your child during pregnancy, and expect an onslaught of pink or blue everything at the shower depending on the answer. Though gender stereotypes are decidedly less relevant in 2019, the kids clothing world remains hyper-gendered — and local fashion designer and mom Melissa Serpico Kamhout is out to change that.

New Criminal Justice Film Series from The Marshall Project Highlights Chicago Witnesses to System’s Injustices

Harold Washington Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium was a full house at the opening screening of a new local series focusing on injustices in the criminal justice system. On Sept. 12, The Marshall Project released 15 video testimonies of Chicago voices affected by the justice system, “We Are Witnesses: Chicago,” is the latest installment of the nonprofit news organization’s award-winning short film series “We Are Witnesses” which explores the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness.

Welcome Back Lounge Bringing ’70s Vibes And Comfort Food To Logan Square

LOGAN SQUARE — The group behind The Whale is gearing up to open a new tavern in Logan Square. The new bar, called Welcome Back Lounge, is planned for 2423 N. Milwaukee Ave., right next to The Whale, according to a building permit on its front door. Construction was underway Thursday as two people on scaffolding traced out the bar’s name and then painted it red against a turquoise background.

Victoria’s Brides Was A Quinceñera Paradise In Logan Square For 16 Years, But Seamstress Says Goodbye As Area Transforms

LOGAN SQUARE — Gloria Pinduisaca never meant to settle in Chicago. When the Ecuador native arrived in the United States 35 years ago, she wanted a change of pace, maybe a new job. Pinduisaca, who was a teacher in Ecuador but learned to be a seamstress from her mother, decided to open her own alteration and bridal store in 2000 to make money doing what she loved, not expecting it to last long.

Exhibit Envisions A Better Criminal Justice System Through Diverse Community Art

What does criminal justice reform look like? A new art exhibit is trying to answer that question. “Envisioning Justice” opened Aug. 6 and runs through Oct. 12 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St. Created by Illinois Humanities and curated by visual artist Alexandria Eregbu, the free exhibition and related programming features works by professional and community artists from Rogers Park, Bronzeville, Little Village, Back of the Yards, and North Lawndale.

New Restorative Justice Video Series Strives to Spark Forgiveness, Healing for Incarcerated Men

Lisa D. Daniels wants people who are incarcerated to remember that forgiveness and healing from a traumatic past is possible. Daniels, executive director of the Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices and a strong activist for restorative justice, was part of an inaugural event series that highlights empathy, humanity and forgiveness to men behind bars in order for them to heal from their past and move on from their mistakes.

Musician Sean Green Holds His Own ‘Millennial Jazz’ Grit with New EP

Logan Square musician Sean Green grew up in Wilbur, Indiana—and yes, he had a pig named Wilbur, like in “Charlotte’s Web.” He was living the country lifestyle but wanted to expand his horizons and experience a bigger city. He went to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and studied history and unionism. He originally wanted to be a politician but then veered to focusing on unionism and wanting to be a union representative. Then he lived in what he called a “failed commune” for a year with

Lessons From A Tragic Summer: Authors Eve L. Ewing and Simon Balto take on the Chicago Race Riot of 1919

One-hundred years ago, violent race riots rocked Chicago. What began as an innocent swim in then-segregated Lake Michigan to escape the unbearable summer heat of July 27, 1919 resulted in the death of thirty-eight Chicagoans—twenty-three black and fifteen white. More than 500 were injured, over a 1000 were rendered homeless and more than 5,000 troops from the Illinois National Guard were deployed to stem the terror. A century later, our city still reels from the impact and aftereffects of the ri

Remembering Musician, Friend, Neighbor Eric Ebbert

Eric Ebbert was my first friend when I moved to Logan Square about three years ago. I remember seeing him and his housemate on their porch, drinking beer and enjoying summer. Right away we started talking and quickly became friends, not just neighbors. Last week, I found out he passed away mid-May from a potential overdose. Because I was not official “friends” with him on Facebook and I have since moved away from being his neighbor, I was slow to hear the news. But I had just seen him less than a month before that.
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