No matter what part of the city you’re coming from, getting to University Village/Little Italy isn’t difficult. Aside from the Pink and Blue line stops at UIC and the Medical District, more than eight bus routes snake through the neighborhood. While taking the 8 north up Halsted is the easiest way to bisect the neighborhood, you get an impromptu lesson in Chicago history if you take an east-west route. Driving west brings passengers near the Jane Addams Hull House, the site of the former ABLA homes, and the Original Al’s Italian Beef.
“…boundaries get pushed over and over again. We see that mimicked by [birds].”
In 2007, customers fled from a Quiznos on Adams St. in the Loop when a coyote snuck in through a propped door and sat down in a refrigerated beverage case. The coyote didn’t bother anyone, but he didn’t buy a sandwich either, so about an hour after his entry, Animal Control came to relocate him to a more appropriate location. Continue reading
Watching his feet tremble, I know he is going to fall off the wall. Luckily for him, he gains stability on his perch—two rocks bolted a few feet from the ground—and suddenly appears immovable.
We sit in semi-circles of folding chairs around the projector, snacks and lemonade in hand, waiting for the lights to dim.
Ever since author Blue Balliett published her first novel, Chasing Vermeer, ten years ago, her readers have been made to discover the mysteries and coincidences intrinsic to their lives. By taking the real world and rendering it mysterious, Balliett fosters in children and re-instills in adults an appreciation for the magic of coincidence and connection. Continue reading
It was like crashing an intimate party. People would just reach into the fridge— covered in magnets and shopping lists and art—and pull out a can or two of Busch Light. There were boxes of the stuff stacked in the kitchen by the recycling bin and mostly-empty cans piled together inside an ornately carved fireplace. Continue reading
For a stubborn child who couldn’t hold her pencil correctly, walking into an exhibit where the central motif was penmanship paper was like being accosted by a long-forgotten foe. Continue reading
Teen Paranormal Romance” at the Renaissance Society, curated by Hamza Walker, explores a so-called unconscious surrealism similar to that of the young adult fiction genre that gives the exhibit its name. Continue reading