Bringing Back the Bus

Advocacy groups crowdfund bus service for children to visit incarcerated mothers

Courtesy of Cabrini Green Legal Aid

“It helps them keep hope.”

Visual Arts

Two Art Hubs Win MacArthur Grants

“These superbly imaginative arts organizations, competitively selected, bring diverse new audiences to opera, inject storytelling into dance, create new types of music, add humor to theater classics, and even partner with jazz musicians in Cuba,” Julia Stasch


Rib Tips, Chopped and Served for Sixty Years

Chicago’s oldest barbecue shop is as popular as it’s ever been

Finn Jubak

Lem’s storied history is evident not only in the constant lines out the door of the restaurant, but also in the taste of the food itself—in every rib tip, hot link, and drop of mild sauce soaked in white bread.


Breaking the Chain

Chatham minister Terry Shanks recalls his past

Lexi Drexelius

Terry Shanks leaned back in his chair and chuckled while swarms of shrieking children ran past his office to gym class. As we returned to his story, told in his firm but earnest voice, Shanks beamed with a cheerful smile. Currently in his role as a part-time locker room attendant for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Shanks also works as a minister with the United Praise Ministry, a church in Chatham. Shanks was born in 1957 and lived between 47th and 43rd in what he calls “a rough little area.” He now lives with his wife Mable Shanks—his four grown children have moved out. Continue reading