CHICAGO – As the promise of spring hung over the city, three teenage boys tussled with insomnia, sifting through the fallout of a pandemic year’s interlocking crises.
In Little Village on the West Side, senior Leonel Gonzalez often couldn’t sleep, beset by stubborn what-ifs. What if next fall, one of the panic attacks that dogged him during the COVID-19 era crept up on him on a college campus? What if he didn’t pick the right school? What if he didn’t graduate and go to college at all?
Several miles away one morning before dawn, Derrick Magee and his stepsister, Anna,