History | Politics

An American Suburb, 2018

Stories and photos from Dolton, Illinois

by Casey Toner, Miles Bryan, Sebastián Hidalgo

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Jeanette Taylor

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 20th Ward

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Tanya Patiño

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 14th Ward

by Adam Przybyl

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Nicole Johnson

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 20th Ward

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

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

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Byron Sigcho Lopez

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 25th Ward

by Quinn Myers


Meet the Challengers: Hilario Dominguez

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 25th Ward

by April Lane


The Guide for the Zoning Perplexed

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

by Taylor Moore

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: David Mihalyfy

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 11th Ward

by Sam Stecklow

Interviews | Politics

Meet the Challengers: Gabriel Piemonte

The Weekly sits down with a candidate for alderman in the 5th Ward

by Christian Belanger

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

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

Architecture | Photo Essay | Religion

Open Houses of Worship

Eight places of worship around the South Side, viewed during the Chicago Architecture Center's annual Open House Chicago

by Bridget Vaughn

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

Opinions & Editorials

Re-imagining Community at the Summer Fefe

Uncomfortable experiences at a block party spark a deeper meditation on safety at street fests

by Trina Trill


Midnight Coltrane

At Rockefeller Chapel, Ravi Coltrane leads a tribute to his mother’s musical meditations

by Kyle Oleksiuk

Development | Stage & Screen

Facing Fate

'The Area' is a complex, issue-driven documentary analyzing the erasure of a neighborhood, and shining a light on the meaning of community

by LaToya Cross


Avian Oasis

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

by Sam Joyce

Development | Nature | Visual Arts

A Study in South Works

A summerlong installation explores the anthropocene in artifacts from South Works

by Lewis Page

Visual Arts

Art Aquatic

Muralists and the Shedd Aquarium showcase the beauty of underwater animals throughout the city

by Rod Sawyer


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


A Different Taste of Chicago

The second annual Taste of Black Chicago drew big crowds in South Shore

by Tammy Xu

Stage & Screen

Court Theatre's Ron OJ Parson Hits a Hole-in-One

"Radio Golf" at Court Theatre is directed with humor and heart

by Nicole Bond

Activism | Police | Politics

West Garfield Park residents reject proposed police academy, organizers argue

#NoCopAcademy surveyed 500 Garfield Park residents for their new report

by David North

Health | Interviews | Music

Within "Decay," A Story of Growth

Akenya releases a single to raise awareness of Lyme Disease

by Joshua Falk


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

Interviews | Music | Radio

Melkbelly: Living the Yard Sale

The Pilsen-based band on the success of their 2017 release Nothing Valley, touring with The Breeders, and the origins of the name Melkbelly.

by Erisa Apantaku


Belli's Is Shown the Door

After Thalia Hall discontinued its lease, the beloved Pilsen grocery store is searching for a new home

by Leo Williams

Architecture | History | Housing

Digging Up the Past

After a new archaeological discovery at IIT, a spat over the school’s history of displacement emerges

by Christian Belanger

Education | Lit Issue 2018

More Than a School

An upcoming book tells the history and traumas of school closings on the South Side

by Leah Rachel von Essen

Lit Issue 2018 | Politics

A Man of Substance

Two biographies go beyond symbolism in the life of Harold Washington

by Christian Belanger

Education | History | Lit Issue 2018

Charting a Course

A new history examines the long-overlooked life and work of trailblazing academic Allison Davis

by Katie Gruber

Interviews | Lit Issue 2018

A Poet and Her Platform

National Youth Poet Laureate Pat Frazier on the intersection of her poetry and activism

by Dave Stieber

Lit Issue 2018

What's in a Name?

A new literary mixtape explores unseen innovation in Chicago

by Sarah Thomas

Architecture | Development | Media | Visual Arts

Saving a Black Aesthetic

How two nonprofits preserved parts of Johnson Publishing

by Bridget Gamble

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

Health | Stage & Screen

Their Body, Their Choice

A new interactive play challenges us to think about teen abortion differently

by Samantha Smylie

Bridgeport | Education | Visual Arts

Bridgeport Elementary Schoolers Map Their Neighborhood

Educators with the Hull-House Museum work with Armour students to consider their community

by Adam Przybyl

Nature | Stage & Screen | Visual Arts

Sites for Leisure, Sites of Danger

Artists and activists discuss reclaiming parkland as a public space

by Emeline Posner

Lit | Visual Arts

Sitting With Gwendolyn

A new sculpture will be unveiled to celebrate the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks

by Sam Stecklow

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

Activism | Politics | Religion

Bailing Believers Out

Organizers frame cash bond abolition as a Muslim issue

by Isra Rahman

History | Lit | Politics

Redlining Remembered

A new memoir wrestles with a familial history of racism and redlining

by Tammy Xu

Photo Essay | Visual Arts

Art for Everybody

Blackstone Bicycle Works’ second annual art show

by South Side Weekly

Activism | Police | Politics

We Got Power, and We Got Love

The Chicago Torture Justice Center honors the mothers of police torture survivors

by Maddie Anderson


Why Won't Chicago Say What It's Offering Amazon?

Transparency activist Freddy Martinez on his lawsuit against City Hall

by Rachel Schastok

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

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

Interviews | Music | Radio

Singing Since She Can Remember

Jazz singer Tracye Eileen on her unusual career path

by Bridget Vaughn

Police | Visual Arts

Remembering the Riots, Fifty Years Later

Artists and activists explore the question of how much Chicago, and the Chicago police, have changed since 1968

by Maddie Anderson


Johnny O's Looks to the Future

The ever-evolving Bridgeport institution’s next move: a barcade

by Erisa Apantaku, Layne Gerbig


Reassessing Fritz Kaegi's Victory

The factors that could impede reform to Cook County’s assessment system

by Adam Przybyl

Development | Environment | Far Southeast Side | Politics

Planning Beyond Pollution

After manganese regulations, Southeast Side residents push to reconsider the neighborhood’s manufacturing zoning

by Christian Belanger

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