Bridgeport | Development | Politics

A Starbucks is Born

Bridgeport residents protest the forthcoming coffee chain

by Rebecca Stoner

Chinatown | Elections | Politics

A Chinatown Civics Lesson

Building power in a neighborhood without representation

by Tammy Xu

Elections | Politics

The Numbers Game

Previous election data shows how wards 14, 15, 20, and 25 can be won

by Neil Miller

Education | Elections | Kenwood | Politics

Back to School

Kenwood Academy students grill mayoral candidates on education and race

by Rachel Kim

Elections | Interviews

Meet the Challengers: Raynetta Greenleaf

The Weekly sits down with the patient care facilitator and nonprofit founder running for alderman in the 17th Ward

by Samantha Smylie

Elections | Interviews

Meet the Candidates: Troy Hernandez

The Weekly sits down with the data scientist and environmental activist running for alderman in the 25th Ward

by Quinn Myers

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Jaime Guzmán

The Weekly sits down with the nonprofit and government analyst running for alderman in the 14th Ward

by Adam Przybyl

Features | History | Parks | South Shore

A Palace for the People

South Shore residents continue a long fight to make the South Shore Cultural Center a space for community arts

by Jeanne Lieberman

Elections | Features | Pilsen

The Ward Organizations

Burning and building bridges in the race for alderman in the 25th Ward

by Quinn Myers, Ellen Mayer

Elections | Features

Who Will Replace Willie?

Willie Cochran isn’t going anywhere. His City Council seat, however…

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger


The Curse of the 20th Ward

Stakes are high as the 20th Ward prepares to replace an indicted alderman—again: Part one of a joint special report by the Weekly and the Hyde Park Herald

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

Visual Arts

Finding Sanctuary

Three new murals evoke different perceptions of “sanctuary”

by Rod Sawyer


Getting to the Roots

Hair artist Mo G goes from doing her cousin’s hair as a kid to styling some of the biggest names in the city

by Maya Horton

Education | Fashion | Opinions & Editorials

Op-Ed: Creating School Uniforms That Inspire

Designer Des Money on his fashion line for Betty Shabazz school students

by DesMoney, Kahari Black, Rod Sawyer

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Pete DeMay

The Weekly sits down with the union organizer and environmental justice activist running for alderman in the 12th Ward

by Joshua Falk

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: José Rico

The Weekly sits down with the nonprofit executive and former principal running for alderman in the 12th Ward

by Ian Hodgson


Somebody You Should Know

At Room 43 with the Charles Heath Quartet, and an interview with Almarie Wagner

by Kyle Oleksiuk


I am from Imagination

Works by students at 826CHI

by Maple Joy

History | Music | Stage & Screen

The Meter of the Blues

With the Oscar Brown Jr. Archive Project, artists Maggie and Africa Brown have finally come home

by Ailea Stites


South Side Elections: Ward By Ward

Weekly writers break down the race for alderman in every South Side ward

by South Side Weekly

Englewood | Politics

Without Representation

How Englewood got mapped into pieces

by Sam Stecklow


What Should I Know About the Proposed Public Bank of Chicago?

A proposal for a public bank has voters scratching their heads. Chicago is one of dozens of cities and states that are exploring or discussing similar proposals.

by Mia Sato

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Rafael Yañez

The Weekly sits down with the nonprofit leader and former cop running for alderman in the 15th Ward

by Mari Cohen

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Tanya Patiño

The Weekly sits down with the civil engineer and soccer coach running for alderman in the 14th Ward

by Adam Przybyl

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Jeanette Taylor

The Weekly sits down with the community activist running for alderman in the 20th Ward

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Maya Hodari

The Weekly sits down with the CHA development director and community organizer running for alderman in the 20th Ward

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Nicole Johnson

The Weekly sits down with the educator running for alderman in the 20th Ward

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

Development | Features | History

The Fight to Remain

A new affordable housing complex at 63rd and Cottage Grove has Woodlawn’s low-income residents wondering about their place in the neighborhood

by Max Budovitch

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Byron Sigcho Lopez

The Weekly sits down with the educator and community activist for alderman in the 25th Ward

by Quinn Myers


Meet the Challengers: Hilario Dominguez

The Weekly sits down with the educator and organizer running for alderman in the 25th Ward

by April Lane

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: David Mihalyfy

The Weekly sits down with the healthcare aide and union organizer running for alderman in the 11th Ward

by Sam Stecklow

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Gabriel Piemonte

The Weekly sits down with the journalist and activist running for alderman in the 5th Ward

by Christian Belanger


Liberation in View?

Poet H. Melt’s new chapbook pushes us to imagine a future of trans liberation, but some poems fall flat on the way

by Jasmine Mithani

Agriculture | Food

The Farmers' Lobby

Volunteer ambassadors prepare to talk "urban ag" with their aldermen

by Dejah Powell

Agriculture | Food

Healing and Funding Chicago's Food System

Black and brown farmers collectives earn recognition through a newly launched grassroots funding model

by Jocelyn Vega

History | Politics

An American Suburb, 2018

Stories and photos from Dolton, Illinois

by Casey Toner, Miles Bryan, Sebastián Hidalgo

Education | Photo Essay

Education Uninterrupted

Students, teachers, and parents celebrate saving National Teachers Academy in the South Loop

by Stacey Rupolo

Education | Technology

Learning to Program—Swiftly

The first cohort of students complete City Colleges' coding bootcamp pilot

by Tammy Xu


The Guide for the Zoning Perplexed

A new handbook seeks to empower community members by explaining public land use

by Taylor Moore

Finance | Radio

Where to Cash Your Check?

The impact of currency exchanges on South Side neighborhoods

by Tonia Hill, Erisa Apantaku


No Witness to Misconduct

The troubling history of Eddie Johnson’s blindness to excessive force

by Andrew Fan, Sam Stecklow

Police | Politics

Is Eddie Next?

Mayoral candidates say they would replace Eddie Johnson as superintendent

by Sam Stecklow, Andrew Fan

Lit | Visual Arts

Losing the Thread

A new book highlights Chicago’s many art movements but fails to tie it all together

by Kirsten Ginzky, Benjamin Ginzky


for she wrote

Kwyn Riley’s new poetry collection explores rupture and resilience

by Jasmine Mithani

Health | Interviews

Caring for a Segregated City

An interview with longtime Chicago public health nurse Joan Lawson on the importance of caring, family, and education

by Bridget Gamble

Lit | Nature

Rewilding the City

A new collection of essays argues for a land ethic for the city

by Sam Joyce

Interviews | Music

New Voices, New Faces

An interview with Clyde Moreau, organizer of the inaugural Decibel Crawl Fest

by Janaya Crevier

History | Visual Arts

Do You Know Margaret Burroughs?

A symposium on art in Chicago and a Margaret Burroughs exhibition explore and celebrate the South Side’s contribution to art

by Max Budovitch


The Overlooked Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Michelle Duster, Eve Ewing, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Natalie Moore discussed the journalist and civil rights activist’s life and legacy

by Jim Daley



Patricia Frazier’s new poetry collection honors generations of South Side women

by Jasmine Mithani

Interviews | Music

Healthier Words for a Healthier Lifestyle

Melo Makes Music talks mental wellness, seasonal depression, and his budding career as a performance artist

by Maya Horton

Development | Features | History | Politics | Woodlawn

Where Are You Going, Woodlawn?

At a community celebration, residents and visitors consider the neighborhood’s next chapter

by Max Budovitch


Tap Is Music. Rhythm Is Everywhere.

South Side tap dancers show the next generation what’s possible

by Ailea Stites

Visual Arts

Not Forgotten

An exhibition at an East Side gallery remembers the dead through the art they left behind

by Bridget Gamble

Police | Politics

Cognitive Dissidence

Chicago’s abolitionists make space for conversation after the Van Dyke trial

by Christian Belanger

Activism | Immigration | Police | Politics

Know Your Movements: The #EraseTheDatabase Campaign

The organizers working to reform and abolish the city’s gang database

by April Lane

Activism | Development | Environment

Dumping Dirty Industry

Across the South Side, neighborhood groups fight for environmental justice

by Ian Hodgson

Interviews | Radio | Visual Arts

Creative Control

Ciera Mckissick talks the importance of space, connecting creatives, and how Chicago has unexpectedly become her home

by Maya Horton

Nature | Opinions & Editorials

Scavenging the South Lakefront

A researcher writes about how data is informing the development of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor

by Diana Ramirez


Avian Oasis

Restoration at Indian Ridge Marsh has turned a wasteland into an important home for wildlife

by Sam Joyce


Kopano, In Their Own World

The nineteen-year-old South Shore native sits down with the Weekly to discuss donuts, dreams, and art

by Juhi Gupta

Interviews | Music | Radio

Know His Roots

Matt Muse on his new project, Nappy Talk

by Christopher Good


Bringing Up the Backwaters

After decades of debt and secrecy, the Illinois International Port District presents a plan

by Emeline Posner

Development | Environment | Far Southeast Side | Nature

Shoreline Abnormality

An industrial corridor’s past and future, as seen from the waters of the Calumet

by Emeline Posner

Interview Issue 2018 | Politics

Continuing to Challenge the Status Quo

A family legacy of activism guides mayoral candidate Amara Enyia’s vision of social justice in the city

by Erisa Apantaku

Food | Interview Issue 2018

Beer and Bingo in Bridgeport

Steve Badauskas builds community around an old pastime in a changing neighborhood

by Rebecca Stoner

Interview Issue 2018 | Music

On the Air With K-Max

Longtime WHPK DJ K-Max breaks down hip-hop history

by Wendy Random

History | Interview Issue 2018

Bones of the City

A Chicago archaeologist makes the case for digging up the past

by Christian Belanger

Interview Issue 2018 | Nature

Soil and Sovereignty

A Pullman resident uses mushrooms to heal a formerly toxic site in the neighborhood

by xiili sarkela

Interview Issue 2018 | Music

From Rink to Radio

Ahead of Teklife’s latest album release, the Weekly sat down with three of its long standing members to talk Chicago, history of Teklife, and what it’s meant to them

by Sam Basté

Interview Issue 2018 | Music | Photo Essay

Bringing Jazz Back to the Alley

In South Shore, an old tradition is revived for a day

by Bridget Vaughn, Kyle Oleksiuk

Education | Features

Shimer College Leaves the South Side

An uncertain future for the small, strange Great Books school

by Sarah Fineman

Nature | Visual Arts

Growing Neighborhoods

An art exhibit connects local goals and larger climate problems

by Anne Li

Features | Food | Politics | Woodlawn

God's Little Acres

First Presbyterian Church has fostered community gardens since the nineteenth century. Its now-former pastor nearly put an end to that.

by Emeline Posner

Agriculture | Features | Food | Politics

A Lot to Lose

After the near-sale of a community garden in West Englewood, questions arise about what it takes for gardens on the South Side to stay afloat.

by Amy Qin

Food Issue 2018 | Nature

Stewards For the Land

Some of the farmers behind the city’s newer generation of cooperative farms

by Veronica Karlin

Activism | Features | Police | Politics

The Fight Over Chicago's Largest Private Police Force

Organizers return to challenging the University of Chicago Police Department's practices—this time with a more radical agenda

by Ashvini Kartik-Narayan

Housing | Pilsen

The Fight to Stay

An innovative new housing cooperative may be a solution for residents to combat Pilsen’s gentrification

by Bridget Newsham

Development | Lit

A City Built on Sludge

An ambitious book chronicles the early years of the South and West Sides’ sewage systems

by Emeline Posner

Stage & Screen

A New Home for Home Movies

Digital archive immortalizes film footage of family life on the South Side

by Bridget Gamble

History | Pullman

The Living Legacy of the Pullman Porters

The Pullman Porter Museum renews its push for a national registry

by Juan Caicedo

Interviews | Music | Radio

Know Me More

For artist-abolitionist Ric Wilson, Black art need not be bad or sad

by Olivia Obineme, Christopher Good

Food Issue 2018

A Neighborhood Pizzeria for Bronzeville

A Slice of Bronzeville has just enough sauce

by Nur Banu Simsek

Food Issue 2018

Mango and Maki on 26th Street

Japanese-Brazilian cuisine finds an audience in Little Village

by Michael Wasney

Food Issue 2018

A Cuban Food Haven

Grilled steak, seasoned veggies, and some of the best café con leche ever

by Kristen Simmons

Education | Features | Politics

Why Is CPS Closing NTA?

Before NTA conversion proposal, emails reveal multiyear history to the plans for a new neighborhood high school

by Daniel Moattar