Bronzeville | Faith

The Gospel of Albertina Walker

Bronzeville church remembers a legendary singer

Anna Belle Newport

West Point Baptist Church, the longtime home church of gospel legend Albertina Walker, sits squarely next to Ellis Park in Bronzeville. Just a block north at 35th Street, a commemorative street sign reads “Albertina Walker and the Caravans Drive,” marking this span of Cottage Grove a homage to the “Queen of Gospel” and The Caravans, the gospel group with which she grew to international acclaim.  Continue reading


Consumed by Flames

Stuart Dybek’s Paper Lantern

Early on, Mariel told me she wasn’t one to dwell on the past,” discloses the narrator of “Oceanic,” speaking about a formative romance, though it’s later understood that she harbors a good reason not to. Yet the stories of Paper Lantern—one of two recently released short story collections (the other being Ecstatic Cahoots) from Chicago-born writer Stuart Dybek—tend to do just that: dwell on the bygone lives and loves of its stifled characters.

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Hyde Park | Lit

A Matter of Meaning It

“I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant,” James Joyce once said of his oeuvre, “and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.” It wasn’t only professors, however, arguing about Joyce—along with George Eliot, Henry James, and Jane Austen—at this past week’s “Forms of Fiction: The Novel in English” conference at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center, spanning three days of lectures, discussions, and book readings, all hosted by UofC faculty. Continue reading

Features | Pilsen | Visual Arts

Printed Matters

A printmaking studio takes over a funeral home


Gabe Hoare, co-founder of Hoofprint Workshop. LUKE WHITE

Just north of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal is an ashen, defunct funeral parlor. At Oakley and 24th, the nineteenth-century, two-story building—still marked by a sign for “West Town Funeral Home”—is simple but striking, its stone exterior split by skinny lancet windows. Continue reading