Hopkins Park

Provided by Chantel Charis

A DeKalb musician is partnering with a local social justice group to put on an evening of music.

Violin vigils have taken place across the country to honor Elijah McClain. McClain, 23, was a Black man who died last year, after an encounter with the Aurora, Colorado police.

Violinist Chantel Charis said a Chicago vigil sparked the interest in doing something locally in DeKalb.   

Francie Barnes and friend

On our inaugural Under Rocks podcast: We celebrate the weirdness of winter in northern Illinois. Dan Libman and Susan Stephens hit the slopes (the sled slopes), pedal icy backroads, traipse through freshly-fallen snow with a trail groomer, and find out just what that brand new mountain in the middle of a DeKalb park is made of.

Grab your mittens and hop on!

Highlights of this episode: It's a wintry mix!

Your favorite local sledding spots.

We visit two of your favorite sled hills in DeKalb County: Russell Woods and Hopkins Park.