Blurbs | Chinatown

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Illustration by Isabel Ochoa Gold

Illustration by Isabel Ochoa Gold

Behind an ajar back door, two graying men play Chinese chess on a wooden board. The small room, held by a foam ceiling and walls of propped-up green acrylic boards, is the home of the Chicago Chinese Table Tennis Club, safely tucked away on West 23rd Street. Continue reading

Best of the South Side 2013 | Chinatown

Chinatown

Zoe Kauder Nalebluff

Zoe Kauder Nalebuff

Chinatown ostensibly retooled itself for tourism in the early nineties, with the opening of the two-story outdoor Chinatown Square over what used to be the Santa Fe rail. And with fresh blacktop being steamrolled onto Archer and Cermak and those shiny, new Red Line renovations optimistically nearing completion, the rush of visitors doesn’t seem likely to ebb anytime soon. Continue reading