In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam

In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam
In the years leading up to the recession and housing bust, hordes of frenzied buyers, flippers, and real estate speculators scrambled to capitalize on undervalued land and housing in the far-flung Chicago neighborhoods with the greatest profit and transformation potential, assuming an inevitableness of rapid appreciation.  While the downturn wreaked havoc on developments and investments... Read more »

Chicago’s Chinatown Is Flourishing, Bucking National Trend

Chicago’s Chinatown Is Flourishing, Bucking National Trend
When most people think of Chinatowns in the U.S., they tend to default to the iconic enclaves located in San Francisco and lower Manhattan.  While these neighborhoods still hold the distinction as the country’s two largest historic Chinatowns, they have been experiencing a steady population decline, mirroring a similar trend in Chinatowns in Washington, D.C.,... Read more »

Will Uptown's Coming Enhancements Usher in a New Golden Age?

Will Uptown's Coming Enhancements Usher in a New Golden Age?
Even in a city made up of historically and culturally rich neighborhoods, Chicago’s Uptown is remarkable. In little over a century, the neighborhood has taken on a staggering array of incarnations: the silent movie capital and home to early movie pioneers Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson, a significant Jazz Age Entertainment District that brought about... Read more »
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The Ongoing Reinvention of Chicago's Bridgeport Neighborhood

The Ongoing Reinvention of Chicago's Bridgeport Neighborhood
For many longtime Chicagoans, Bridgeport has been synonymous with insularity, entrenched ethnic homogeneity, and unfettered political clout.  The neighborhood of mayors has had a strong Irish-American presence and identity since the late 1830s, popularized by political humorist Finley Peter Dunne’s fictional Mr. Dooley, an Irish pub bartender who lived on “Archey Road” (Archer Avenue).  In... Read more »

Chicago's Historic Pilsen Neighborhood Enters a New Era

Chicago's Historic Pilsen Neighborhood Enters a New Era
Since the 1840s, the Lower West Side has mostly been home to the immigrant working-class.  It was initially settled by Germans and Irish who came to work on the Burlington Railroad.  By the 1870s, the neighborhood had become predominately Bohemian, resulting in the adoption of the Pilsen moniker from what is now the Czech Republic’s... Read more »

Chicago's South and West Sides Have Plenty of New Bright Spots

Chicago's South and West Sides Have Plenty of New Bright Spots
Due to economic, demographic, and institutional conditions, Chicago is often depicted as two cities: the affluent world class city of downtown, the North, and Northwest sides and the crime-stricken, economically impoverished, and increasingly depopulated areas found on the South and West Sides. While overall shootings and homicides are down from a particularly bloody 2012, persistent... Read more »
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