Panhandlers are a common sight in downtown Chicago, particularly in the financial district. In the heart of the city’s thriving economic center, these individuals struggle for the basics: food, shelter, work. Many say they turned to panhandling after health or family problems, or following the loss of a job.

[Some photo subjects declined to give their full names.]

Stacey is a photojournalism fellow at The Chicago Reporter.

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