Chicago is known for many things, our great food and architecture. Unfortunately, we are also known for being an epi-center for asthma. We lead the Nation in asthma deaths, emergency room visits and hospitalizations. More than half (58%) of all children with asthma in Chicago had a severe asthma attack in the past year and nearly one-third (31%) had an asthma attack so bad they thought their life was in danger. Additionally, African Americans are affected by disproportionately high rates of asthma. Asthma is a life long chronic illness that affects the airways and lungs. With proper education and management asthma can be controlled and people with asthma should be able to live life the same as others.