Just a block south of the 63rd and Cottage Grove Green Line, on the northeast corner of the intersection, sits a squat two-story building. Its facade of light stone is punctuated by decorative maroon bricks and sets of three arched windows framed with golden wood.
Most people feel aimless or apathetic from time to time, but for the title character of Gideon’s Confession, stasis is a way of life. Describing himself as “a compass without a magnet”—directionless —he wallows in indecision about his career and his life, enabled by regular checks from a generous uncle.
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), founded in 1995, works in a modest office building on the corner of 63rd and California. Though Muslim-led, the organization works with groups across the Southwest Side to effect social change through a variety of anti-violence and youth-outreach programs, including the annual Takin’ It to the Streets festival.
How do we think about the neighborhoods we live in? For many, Hyde Park is an idyllic gem on the lake, a case study in urban renewal, or the hub of 15,000 University of Chicago students’ frenetic energy. For filmmaker and self-declared trans-disciplinary healing artist Robert Beshara, it’s a neighborhood ready for its close-up.
At 2420 South Halsted Street, a heliport is set to break ground. Perched on the border of Bridgeport and Pilsen, the project is not alone—less than two and a half miles away, a Vertiport has begun to sprout thanks to sponsorship from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Young folks—be they lovers cherishing the spring humidity or tortured twentysomethings mulling over existence—often flock to cafés to sip coffee and contemplate the higher things in life: love, the future, etc.
In 1986 a French civil servant was arrested for espionage. His mistress, a Chinese opera diva, had been working as a covert agent during their time together. For eleven years, the diplomat unsuspectingly provided information to the Chinese government, ignorant of both his lover’s nationalist interests and something much more shocking: the Peking opera diva was a man.
The last thing these kids need is perpendicular walls. So our walls have a lot of curves, there’s a real effort on not being rigid,” said Timothy Shannon, chief development officer at the University of Chicago Hyde Park Day School and the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School.
Chinatown’s South Louie Parkway—just one block long, located squarely between Ping Tom Memorial Park and the Chinatown Square shopping district—is, for the most part, a quiet residential street. The rows of plain brick homes, built by the Richland Realty Group in 2002 as affordable housing for workers and recent immigrants, sit at the lot lines of the narrow road, lending it the feel of a suburban alley.