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

Comics Issue 2018 | Features | Nature | Sports

Surfing Through the Sludge

Lake Michigan surfers brave freezing cold—and toxic—waters, while the Surfrider Foundation sues to clean them up

by Rebecca Fanning

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

Stage & Screen | Visual Arts

Between the Three of Us

The Petty sisters meditate on growing up on the South Side

by Sarah Thomas

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

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

Food

Turning Up the Heat

Two Chicago sauce-makers show their mettle at the city’s first (annual) hot sauce expo

by Emeline Posner

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

Politics

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

Food

Johnny O's Looks to the Future

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

by Erisa Apantaku, Layne Gerbig

Politics

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