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

Elections | Interviews | Politics

Meet the Candidates: Alex Acevedo

The Weekly sits down with the nurse and activist in the runoff for alderman in the 25th Ward

by Ellen Mayer

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


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

Elections | Features

Who Will Replace Willie?

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

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

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: Nicole Johnson

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

by Christian Belanger, Aaron Gettinger

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

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

Elections | Features | Pilsen

The Ward Organizations

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

by Quinn Myers, Ellen Mayer

Chinatown | Elections | Politics

A Chinatown Civics Lesson

Building power in a neighborhood without representation

by Tammy Xu

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


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

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

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


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