Teachable Moments

South Side teachers shared their classroom and community stories at Catalyst Chicago’s Classroom Story Slam

Jamie Hibdon

If our city leaders invested as much money in our city’s children as they do in graffiti removal, campaigns, and tourism, low-income children could live forever more safely in their neighborhoods.

Visual Arts

Old Haunts and New Stories

Courtesy of ACRE

When I entered the ever-changing ACRE gallery for the opening of “Endless Rest,” the usually sparse room was filled with a circle of lumpy vases, a wall covered in fake ivy, and photographs of an abandoned house. On the largest wall was a live projection of Blair Bogin’s ghost storytelling, but we’ll get to that later. For such a small room, it was crowded, and I felt everyone looking at the works on display knew something about them I didn’t.

Pullman | Roseland

Slow Roll Rides Again

Lexi Drexelius

The weather man did not tell the truth,” remarked Oboi Reed, smiling defiantly despite the pouring rain. This was the sort of day that made me want to crawl back into bed, not the best biking weather. But there I was, setting out for a bike tour through the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods. Continue reading

Englewood | Music

WHPK Veteran: Pugs Atomz

The rap format DJ talks CTA Radio, freestyling, and hip-hop history



As the son of WVON DJ Vincent Price, Sterling Price—aka Pugs Atomz—was exposed to the business side of radio at an early age, but  his path back to the on-air control board followed a circuitous route. As a student at Kenwood Academy, he became interested in graffiti and rap. Continue reading


Brushing Up

At B’Gabs Goodies, improving health one tooth at a time



While arranging glass jars of baking soda, cayenne, and other ingredients, Gabrielle Darvassy, owner of vegetarian eatery B’Gabs Goodies, explained why the small Mason jar of dull reddish-brown powder in my hand was so important. Continue reading