Bronzeville | Housing | Visual Arts

Bronzeville Artist Lofts offer a new live-work space

Brad Pogatetz

As the sun sets on 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue in Bronzeville, small groups of people trickle into a commanding brick building that occupies the majority of the block. A grassy vacant lot to its right is illuminated by the soft lighting from an adjacent art gallery. Inside the brick behemoth, a thin corridor lined with images of the building’s decline and rebirth leads into an open space. This, the ground floor incubator space of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, currently houses an exhibition called The Doll Project, a series of photographs depicting roadside memorials from across the United States. The exhibit is a component of Chicago Artists Month, a five-week, city-wide celebration of local artists. Continue reading

Bronzeville | Development

Filling an Empty School

One man’s vision for the future of Bronzeville’s Overton Elementary

Where the empty Overton Elementary School building now stands on 49th Street between South Indiana and South Prairie Avenues, Royce Cunningham sees a model of environmental consciousness within an urban community: one part produce market, one part office or gathering space, and one part museum of Bronzeville history. Continue reading

Education

A Student Voice for CPS

Newly formed Student Advisory Council aims to expand student input on district policies

Raynard Gillespie is a nineteen-year-old junior at Camelot Excel Academy of Englewood. He’s frustrated with the public perception of CPS, as well as of his neighborhood. Continue reading

Englewood | Politics | Roseland

Uncertain Future for Breast Cancer Screenings

Shifting funding sources are concern for South Side women's health

HANNA PETROSKI

HANNA PETROSKI

This April, for the third year in a row, Illinois legislators voted to cut the budget of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)—a state-run initiative that aims to provide free preventative care and cancer treatments to uninsured Illinois women—by nearly $296,000. It was a major blow for an already-lean budget. Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently stepped in to provide money to replace IBCCP funds and provide screenings to 1,500 more Chicago women through Roseland Community Hospital, the long-term sustainability of the city’s breast cancer programs and the rationale for the initial cuts to IBCCP’s budget have both been called into question by local health advocates. Anne Marie Murphy, executive director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, described this year’s budget cuts as “draconian.”  Continue reading