Beverly | Business

Building Fellowship in Beverly

Small businesses find ways to recreate the Main Street feeling

by Janaya Crevier

Environmental Justice

Tying the Green New Deal to Environmental Justice on the South Side

At a meeting in Brighton Park, the growing youth-led national Sunrise Movement made a case to local organizers

by Rebecca Stoner

Elections | Politics

Turning Out

Organizers discuss how to get youth invested in local elections

by Jade Yan

Bronzeville | Housing

A Space of His Own

The decade Richard Wright spent in Chicago was packed with life transitions and centered by his initiation into becoming a Chicago writer

by Kristen Jere Simmons

Elections | Politics

Money, Money, Money: Thirteen Takeaways From Chicago’s Historic Election

Dollar for dollar, Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot spent less than half as much as Toni Preckwinkle to clinch her landslide victory

by Matt Kiefer, Asraa Mustufa, La Risa Lynch, Josh McGhee


The Last Days of Rezkoville’s Purgatory

A long-empty swath of land south of the Loop is the latest site of a planned mega-development

by Ryan Smith

Education | Robeson Issue

Ain’t You Heard

Exploring migration and belonging in the ruins of a school closing

by Erisa Apantaku

Education | Robeson Issue

More Than a Building

A look inside Robeson and the community it built

by South Side Weekly Radio

Education | Robeson Issue

Community. Family. Everything.

Stories of support and resilience from members of the Robeson High School community throughout its forty-year history

by South Side Weekly Radio

Food | Food Issue 2019 | Politics

What is the Future of Food Policy in Chicago?

Chicago’s food justice organizations weigh in

by Michelle Gan

Chinatown | Food | Food Issue 2019

Underground Dives at the Richland Food Court

The big dreams at work in Chinatown’s unassuming basement food court

by Tammy Xu

Food | Food Issue 2019 | Transportation

Fueling Up

The Weekly reviews small-shop restaurants attached to South Side gas stations

by Emeline Posner, Sam Stecklow

Food | Food Issue 2019


The Weekly's four favorite beverages of 2019

by South Side Weekly

Food | Food Issue 2019 | Hyde Park

I Won't Be Back

Three newish Hyde Park restaurants fail to meet basic expectations

by Nicole Bond

Food | Food Issue 2019

Hoppy Pairings

The Weekly reviews thirteen beers and finds they all go well with something

by South Side Weekly

Food | Food Issue 2019

Miche Gang

An independent drink company keeps the micheladas coming

by Wendy Random

Food | Food Issue 2019 | Hyde Park

Soul Shack, Baby Soul Shack

Hyde Park's new soul food spot serves up classics alongside newer dishes

by Sam Joyce

Food | Food Issue 2019 | Portraits

What Was Breakfast?

An excerpt from Alan Epstein's beloved Instagram series

by Emeline Posner

Development | Housing | Housing Issue 2019

What Is the CHA Doing?

Nearly two decades on, the legacy of the agency’s Plan for Transformation haunts Chicago

by Jake Bittle

Housing Issue 2019 | Politics

Filed Away

For the second year in a row, realtor advocates hold up eviction-sealing legislation

by Ian Hodgson

Beverly | Housing Issue 2019

Home Histories: American System-Built Homes

Beverly residents enjoy the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s affordable housing designs

by Taylor Moore

Environmental Justice | Interviews

Life in the Doughnut

Cheryl Johnson talks about growing up in Altgeld Gardens and the future of environmental justice

by Quinn Myers

Housing Issue 2019 | Opinions & Editorials

Op-Ed: A Case for the Accessory Dwelling Unit

ADUs—banned in the city since 1957—could soon be legal again. Here's why that's a good idea.

by Steven Vance

Housing Issue 2019

Back to the Land Trust

A new generation of community land trusts looks back to the movement’s radical roots

by Christian Belanger

Development | Housing Issue 2019 | Pilsen

More Than a Church

How the potential sale of St. Adalbert threatens not just the loss of a church, but the loss of a centuries-old anchor for the community

by Amy Qin

Chatham | Environment | Housing Issue 2019

Urban Flooding by the Numbers

Chicago has an urban flooding problem, and Chatham sits at its heart

by Sam Joyce

Arts Issue 2019 | Visual Arts


Profiles of eleven South Side spaces

by Marina Resende Santos, Manisha AR

Art | Arts Issue 2019 | Bridgeport

Catalyzing a New Renaissance in the Backyard

The Backyard Series provides new platforms for art and hip-hop

by Marina Resende Santos

Arts Issue 2019 | Music

From West Lawn to Wicker Park

A Tale of Two Alternative Rock Scenes

by Nikki Roberts

Arts Issue 2019 | Photo Essay | Visual Arts

Painting the Process

Finding balance in West Side graffiti

by Rod Sawyer

Arts Issue 2019 | Visual Arts

Into The Wild

Artist Armani Howard reflects on the inspiration for his work and fictional world

by Natasha Estevez

Interviews | Lit

Weapons Out of Words

Kara Jackson on crafting her chapbook as Chicago's Youth Poet Laureate

by Erisa Apantaku

Arts Issue 2019 | Visual Arts

Know Thyself

Smart Museum of Art exhibitions contemplate the ingredients of identity

by Nicole Bond

Arts Issue 2019 | Music

Brenda Linda, Linda Brenda

WHPK’s Jazz Twins discuss a changing station and growing up with jazz

by Kyle Oleksiuk

Arts Issue 2019

A Print Gallery

Artwork by Sarita Garcia, Andrea Coleman, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Roland Santana, and Krista Franklin

by South Side Weekly

Arts Issue 2019 | Visual Arts

Revisited Experiences

Chicago painter Andrea Coleman gives old stories a fresh coat

by Bridget Gamble

Stage & Screen

Court Theatre Sings a Black Girl’s Song

Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem finds new audiences who love it “fiercely”

by Nicole Bond

Justice | Visual Arts

A Symbol of Healing

An art exhibit from the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials showcases proposals for the final piece of promised reparations

by Helena Duncan

Elections | Politics

Runoff to the Finish

Incumbents, challengers, and newcomers face off (again) in the 5th, 6th, 15th, 16th, and 20th Ward runoffs

by South Side Weekly

Elections | Politics

Wrestling for the 25th Ward

Extremes of Pilsen’s political spectrum face each other in the runoff

by Quinn Myers


Bad Fingerprint Work Undermines Chicago Property Crime Cases

Experts and judges question the quality of fingerprint analysis by Chicago police forensics, hampering prosecutions in burglary and theft cases

by Nicole Wetsman

Education | Fashion

We Real Cool

Betty Shabazz students flaunt DesMoney-designed uniforms

by Rod Sawyer

Elections | Opinions & Editorials | Politics

Op-Ed: Lori Lightfoot’s Dark Promises

Lori Lightfoot’s proposal to use closed schools for police academies should show progressives her true colors

by Maira Khwaja

Elections | Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Deborah Foster-Bonner

The Weekly sits down with the accountant and activist in the runoff for 6th Ward alderman

by Sam Stecklow

Radio | Visual Arts

Look, Don't Touch

"Also on View" at the Renaissance Society

by Manisha AR

Justice | Stage & Screen

Between Reform and Retribution

Stateville Calling looks at one man's fight against a failed justice system

by Wendy Random

Development | Features | Woodlawn

On the Corner

At the intersection of 63rd & Cottage Grove, developers are shaping Woodlawn’s future by curating its past

by Max Budovitch

Health | Health care

Hospital Withdrawal

In Chicago, many people with opioid use disorder avoid going to the hospital for fear of becoming dopesick

by Mari Cohen


An Education in City Planning

Students at Lindblom Math and Science Academy make no small plans for improving their city

by Adam Przybyl

Elections | Politics

By a Hair

Four incumbents in tight contests barely scrape by without a runoff

by Neil Miller

Development | Parks

Touring Jackson Park’s Future

With the Obama Presidential Center incoming, the Jackson Park Advisory Council seeks to ease concerns about a beloved park

by Sam Joyce


A Second Chance

A recent change in Illinois law establishes domestic violence as a mitigating factor in sentencing

by Olivia Stovicek

Elections | Englewood | Politics

Piece By Piece

Englewood activists and aldermanic candidates reflect on how political fragmentation affects the neighborhood

by Mari Cohen, Sam Stecklow

Elections | Environment | Food | Politics

Will Chicago’s Next Mayor Prioritize Environmental Justice?

At the first environmental justice–focused forum, candidates seemed hesitant to commit to environmental justice policy

by Amelia Diehl

Brighton Park | Health

On the Frontiers of Community Health Care

Brighton Park’s new Esperanza clinic will combine medical and social services

by Amelia Aldred


Ice Breakers

A West Side hockey program encourages kids to overcome barriers on and off the ice

by Isi Frank Ativie


The Sonic Chemistry of Isaiah Collier

The saxophonist talks to the Weekly about his new album and musical déjà vu

by Krishna Kulkarni

Bridgeport | Development | Politics

A Starbucks is Born

Bridgeport residents protest the forthcoming coffee chain

by Rebecca Stoner

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