Features | Politics | Transportation

Underserved and Under the Spotlight

Uber brings the South Side into the battle between taxis and ridesharing services in Chicago

Ellie Mejia and Sylvia Wei

“There’s no question that a lot of people are getting service that weren’t getting it before,” Mayer said of Uber’s ridesharing services, but at the same time, “most folks driving Uberx are not bopping over to Englewood or Pullman or Roseland to get a cup of coffee.”

Auburn Gresham | Best of the South Side 2015

Best of Auburn Gresham 2015

I’ve lived in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on and off for about twenty years. Originally, I moved into the westernmost part while going through a divorce. It is a neighborhood of large courtyard apartment buildings and single-family homes. The shops along West 79th Street and along Ashland Avenue guaranteed I had no need to leave my community for anything. Public transportation is a 24/7 convenience, so not having a car wasn’t a problem.

Development | Englewood | Features | Food

What’s in Store?

What will the new Whole Foods mean for Englewood?

Juliet Eldred

“Because right now it seems like ‘Oh, there’s just so much land, we have to get this into the private market or figure out what to do with it.’ But soon there will be none left, and whatever is left will be super expensive.”

Features | Lit

They Don’t Know Invisibility

Local author Karen Ford seeks more voices to represent the black community

Javier Suarez

At the end of the day, why does Rev. Jesse Jackson’s opinion matter any more than that of a freelance writer from Auburn Gresham?

Housing | Sports

It Takes a Tennis Village

During redevelopment, uncertainties persist about the use of former public housing land

To call XS Tennis Village, a 112,000 square foot, $9.8 million facility to be opened on the corner of 54th and State in Washington Park, simply a tennis center would be shortsighted. It’s clear from XS Tennis and Educational Foundation’s mission for the village, which will break ground this year, that the educational component of the name is just as important as the tennis. Continue reading

Activism | Pilsen | Visual Arts

United in Cultura

Contratiempo and Gozamos join forces in Pilsen

Lexi Drexelius

When I entered Cultura, an arts and community space on the corner of 19th and Carpenter in Pilsen, it was a quiet Friday afternoon. Just a block from Pilsen’s busy 18th Street, the snowy intersection was mostly devoid of cars and pedestrians. Inside, Cultura’s main room was also calm. The black stage against the front window was empty, and the white walls of the room were dotted with only a few works of art. Continue reading

Politics

Remembering Jane Byrne

Exploring the legacy of a Chicago politician

Though Jane Byrne can claim the title of Chicago’s first and only female mayor, she might be remembered most for defeating the well-oiled Democratic machine in the primary of 1979, something that seemed unthinkable until a blizzard offered her a hand in putting together a coalition dissatisfied with the status quo.  Continue reading