Today, there is no bus along 31st Street. In the neighborhoods the street cuts through, east-west bus service is lacking. Between Cermak Road and 47th Street, Chicago’s grid system of bus service breaks down, leaving large areas of white space on the CTA system map and roughly 200,000 people without a direct route.
by Sydney Paul •
The flashing disco lights signal that a musical performance is about to begin. An artist picks up the mic, singing one of his old Mexican favorites, barely even looking at the screen for the correct lyrics. And this tradition is part of a larger project, called the People’s Stage.
by Sahiba Sindhu •
Usually hidden behind a wall of brick, steel, and barbed wire, the Cook County Jail and Courthouse was opened to the public for a short time this past Saturday, as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago series.
by Carolina Baizan •
This weekend, for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, the Martinez Funeral Home opened its doors for the first time to more than its usual coffins and mourners, showcasing its mid-20th century architecture and, the main attraction, its embalming room.
by Hannah Fullmer •
This past weekend, though, the parlor instead became a gallery of photographs, each work by a local artist clothes-pinned to a line of string running along the white walls. It was the sixth-annual Little Village Arts Festival, an opportunity for appreciating art and the vibrant neighborhood that produced it.
Pilsen and Little Village are cousins—not only because families often extend across the neighborhood boundaries, nor simply because they are both port-of-entry regions for recent Mexican immigrants. These two are a pair, now more than ever, because of a growing exchange between the two.
by Violet Wanta •
For students all over the city, Friday, January 28 marked the start of a rare and coveted thing: a three-day weekend. But at 11:30am, a stream of preteen girls gathered happily at the entrance to Madero Middle School in Little Village.
by Kelsey Gee •
Three blocks from the Kedzie Pink Line station I’m brought to a halt by a giant stop sign that reads ARTE. The bright red banner in the window of Yoli Furniture indicates that art can be found in this unlikely setting, inviting curious passersby in with a handwritten sign on the door directing them to the rear of the building. To get to this exhibit, one of seventeen in last weekend’s Little Village Arts Festival, attendees must follow a narrow path in between a parted sea of piled sofas and dining room tables.