Best of the South Side 2016

Best of the South Side 2016

Natalie González

In the 1920s, University of Chicago sociologists carved up the city into seventy-five squarish sections, basing the boundaries on the neighborhoods that existed at the time. Two more areas were added on the North Side in later decades, yielding a magic number that many Chicagoans are familiar with: 77. Though the South Side’s boundaries have not changed in almost a century, census data and city planning initiatives are still organized around these ancient community areas. When DNAinfo asked Chicagoans to draw the boundaries of their neighborhoods a year ago, there was some disagreement about where exactly they begin and end, but the average drawing looked a lot like one of those familiar community areas.