Clara Kirk’s West Englewood United Organization had begun with two feet firmly planted in the community, and maintained a good reputation across Chicago. Yet the very force that propelled the organization from its founding—its neighborhood spirit—may have been its downfall.
by Sharon Lurye •
With its move complete, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore celebrates a “grand opening.”
by Ari Feldman •
Like much of Bronzeville, 51st Street is at a kind of crossroads. Many neighbors perceive things as having vaguely gotten better, but exactly what is going into the gradual changes of “the strip” is not obvious.
by Jennifer Sung •
Zorayda Ortiz—perfumer, owner of Pilsen Bike Tours, community gardener, and former medical researcher—stands in front of a mural by Alejandro Medina on the corner of South Blue Island and Cullerton. She hoists her bicycle in the air.
by Tallinn Kiefer •
Amelia’s Mestizo Grill sits at a cultural vantage point.
by Eve Rodgers •
In an elegant mansion on King Drive, Bernard and Denise Loyd opened their home for Saturday Night Sweets, a micro-funding art event curated by the Revival Arts Collective.
by Taro Matsuno •
It may be some time before the Michael Reese Hospital site is developed, though as long as the city continues to own the property, the clock is ticking.
by Jacqueline Nesbitt •
At Bridgeport’s Co-Prosperity Sphere, locals sell North Side entrepreneurs on a neighborhood’s future.