Development | Nature | Visual Arts

A Study in South Works

A summerlong installation explores the anthropocene in artifacts from South Works

Lewis Page

Early in the afternoon on the day of her installation’s opening, Stella Brown is standing by the end of one of the mammoth concrete walls at the site of U.S. Steel’s former South Works plant, on the lakefront at 87th Street. Two local residents approach by bike; they say they’re frustrated that the park district decided to spend money on an artist—from outside of the neighborhood, no less—rather than on other much-needed facilities, like restrooms. Brown acknowledges the problem, says it’s indicative of bureaucracy, and offers that she tried to get a Porta Potty for the opening event. A temporary fix, though, is not what they want.


Sunken Histories

The Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago tells the stories of Lake Michigan’s shipwrecks

Courtesy of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

On Saturday, September 29, 1906, the Great Lakes were struck with a gale. That same day, the barge, Car Ferry No. 2 was carrying twenty-eight railroad cars of iron ore and cedar telegraph poles from Peshtigo, Wisconsin to South Chicago. As the barge neared Chicago’s port, waves began to break and water made its way into the hold. Otto C. Olson, captain of the ship, threw down an anchor, and began to pump out the water. But the iron ore was too heavy. The ship flipped.

Food | Food Issue 2017

Peachy Perfect

A quirky café in Bronzeville offers up their southern take on brunch

Jason Schumer

The sun was shining brightly on the first morning I walked into to Peach’s, yet somehow the interior of the restaurant felt even sunnier. Ample windows let in light, the hostess smiled, and various shades of peach adorned the space. In celebration of Easter Sunday the following day, Peach’s hired Leon Rogers, a local DJ, to spin for the morning. The loud house music provided a festive atmosphere to the crowd; in a corner booth, a woman with a stroller next to her bounced her child on her knee while dancing in her seat.


Radio Silence

Bedbugs expose tensions between the UofC and its community radio station

Lillian Selonick

On Saturday, October 28th, WHPK DJs took to the University of Chicago quad and spun all day to publicize their #SaveWHPK protest campaign. The Weekly streamed part of the event over Facebook Live.

Stage & Screen

The Future of Black History

Black World Cinema celebrates Black History Month in Chatham

Courtesy Floyd Webb

As Syanna, a young slave from Martinique, comes face-to-face with her colonial captors, she conjures a golden cadre of cat-women out of thin air. The ensuing battle took place in a virtual world in the animated future, but also appeared projected on a screen in Chatham this February. It was the climactic scene of Battledream Chronicle, an independently produced animated epic, and the screening was the third of four in a weekly series presented by Black World Cinema in honor of Black History Month. Floyd Webb, co-founder of Black World Cinema, describes the series—titled Black Future Month—as a set of weekly explorations in Afrofuturism, which he poetically defined during one screening as “imagination amplified to the point at which it impinges on reality.”


In the Weeds

Medical cannabis comes to Commercial Ave.

“I think they have a misrepresentation of what this really is. They are not willing to be educated. They have a preconceived determination of, you know, ‘we don’t want it, we don’t want it, we don’t know why we don’t want it.’” Desiree Tate

Features | Politics

Seeing the Invisible

The story of how Jamie Kalven got the city to release all of its allegations of police misconduct from the last five years, and then turned that data into an online model for public access and empowerment.

Kiran Misra

Only 44 cases out of all complaints resulted in a “repeat” officer being issued a major penalty

Education | Interviews

Education as Liberation

An interview with Juan Salgado, community leader and newly minted MacArthur Fellow

Teddy Watler

We are going to address those failures and push on those systems—not just in our city, but in our state, and in other states and other cities. We are going to push on those systems to effectively meet the needs of our local community.