Lit Issue 2019

"Welfare Queen," A Misnomer

A new book highlights how in the 1970s one woman altered American welfare policy forever

by Siri Chilukuri

Lit Issue 2019

All About Love

The first biography of Margaret Burroughs struggles to codify the multilayered artist, educator, and activist who created a signature South Side cultural institution

by Tammy Xu

Lit Issue 2019

A Torch that Still Burns Brightly

The gone-too-soon Rafael Torch’s memoir illuminates big themes with incandescent prose

by Joseph S. Pete

Lit Issue 2019

Filmfront Branches Out with New Bookstore

Inga, named for a nourishing tree, aims to provide patrons with similarly nourishing books

by Helena Duncan

Lit Issue 2019

Sounds From the Poetry Foundation Block Party

This year’s Block Party continued the event’s tradition of bringing together art and activism

by AV Benford

Lit Issue 2019

Bard of the Stumblebum

A new biography reevaluates the legacy of one of Chicago’s most iconic writers

by Christian Belanger

Education | Lit Issue 2019

Back of the Yards Students Declare #MyHoodMyHeadline

Say It Loud, an online magazine written and produced by third graders at Chavez Elementary School, serves to include young writers’ perspectives about important issues and people in their community

by Brittanee Rolle

Lit Issue 2019

Sailing On

Camonghne Felix’s debut poetry collection is full of taut emotion

by Ian Hodgson

Activism | Features | Justice | Police | Politics

Never Can You Compensate Nobody for Their Life

The path to reparations and remembrance for Chicago’s police torture survivors

by Ashvini Kartik-Narayan, Maddie Anderson

Opinions & Editorials | Queer

Op-Ed: Celebrating Pride on the South Side

The Pride South Side festival provided a space for queer youth of color to find community

by Nathan Petithomme

Education

Where You Came From

Organizers of a reunion for Black students in Gage Park High School’s 1969 graduating class reflect on the struggles of integration

by Rachel Kim

Fashion | Visual Arts

Virgil Abloh Does His First MCA Show

The fashion designer walks a fine line between accessibility and commercialism

by Efrain Dorado

Development | Pilsen

What you need to know about Pilsen’s proposed historic landmark district

Will creating a landmark designation help or hurt longtime residents’ ability to stay in the neighborhood?

by Jacqueline Serrato

Visual Arts

Mixed Media and Clear Messaging

Cross Currents / Intercambio Cultural at the Smart Museum bears the fruit of an artistic exchange between the United States and Cuba

by Manisha AR

Health

Making an IMPACT in Bronzeville

Self-defense on the South Side

by Maple Joy