Best of the South Side 2017 | Chicago Lawn | Gage Park

Best of Chicago Lawn & Gage Park 2017

Denise Naim

Shamar Hemphill is a senior organizer at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a community organization based in Chicago Lawn. An Englewood native and Hyde Park resident, Hemphill has been working for IMAN for the past decade. IMAN’s work encompasses a dizzying array of initiatives—among them, a fully-staffed health center for low-income residents, weekly farmers markets and bimonthly open mics for youth, a “green reentry” program that trains recently incarcerated men in environmentally friendly construction skills, a summer music and arts festival, and lobbying for parole reform.

Lit Issue 2017

The Lit Issue 2017

Jason Schumer, Ellen Hao

The cover of our fourth annual Lit Issue offers a sort of visual game to its reader: can you reconstruct the original photo, before it became collage? Say, is that the cover of a book by Albert Camus? What’s with those books repeating in the top corner? It’s not really a game you’re meant to win: the artwork offers literature in motion, bringing history into our present—and onward, into our future.

Lit Issue 2017 | Zines

From the Mixed-Up Zine Shelves of Build Coffee

The zine shelf at Build Coffee (Alex Jung)

Build Coffee—opened this summer by two former South Side Weekly editors—is a coffee shop and bookstore directly next door to the Weekly office in the Experimental Station. They stock a mix of used and new books, including a wall of mostly-local zines, chapbooks, comics, and artist books. The following pages, chosen with great neighborly affection, are excerpts from some of their favorite Chicago presses and artists on those shelves: Bigmouth Comix, Let It Sink, 7Vientos, Half Letter Press, Low Key Label, and Brown & Proud Press.