Best of the South Side 2013 | Bridgeport

Bridgeport

Zoe Kauder Nalebuff

Zoe Kauder Nalebuff

There are many ways into Bridgeport as a neighborhood, figuratively and literally. If you’re not a local, you might step off the Halsted Orange Line, make your way south and come across the sprawling, grass-filled expanse of Palmisano Park. Or you might come down from the Archer 62 bus, down to the Ling Shen Ching Tze (芝城雷藏寺) Buddhist Temple on West 31st., poke your head in, take off your shoes, and end up with a short lesson on Buddhism. On another night you might stop in for a drink at Maria’s. Or Bernice’s Tavern. Or Schaller’s Pump. Continue reading

Best of the South Side 2013 | Beverly

Beverly

Jonah Rabb

Jonah Rabb

Quick to balk at the typical outsider’s offhand impression of Beverly as a suburb, the neighborhood is fond of the tagline “Village in the City.” It feels a bit like having your cake and eating it too, a desire to affirm disparate identities as a community unto itself, and one that is still fundamentally of Chicago. Seated at the southwest edges of the city limits, Beverly most resembles the sort of small-but-not-too-small town young parents move to in search of good schools and a tree to hang a tire swing on. Continue reading