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 »

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 »
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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 »

Is Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood Now the Hipster Mecca of the Midwest?

Is Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood Now the Hipster Mecca of the Midwest?
Increasingly over the last two decades, the somewhat pejorative and divisive term “hipster” has replaced the seemingly less limiting identifiers of “bohemian” or “arty” to describe an almost archetypal individual, haunt, or urban environment.  Though the cultural phenomenon has perhaps been most associated with Portland, Brooklyn, Austin, and Silver Lake (L.A.), a hipster scene is... Read more »

The Evolving Chicago River

The Evolving Chicago River
Chicago’s lakefront is commonly thought of as the city’s crown jewel. Twenty-six miles of public park land line the coast, featuring beaches, revetments, harbors and the Lakefront Trail. Conversely, the exploits of the Chicago River for its industrial utility and as a means of disposing the city’s sewage are infamous. In the last few decades,... Read more »
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The Hyde Park Boom

The Hyde Park Boom
Chicago’s Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods brim with notable landmarks and attractions. Located within its borders are Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Promontory Point, the Olmstead designed Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry (originally the Palace of Fine Arts building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Expedition), the DuSable Museum of African American History... Read more »

A City of Chicago Playlist and Companion Guide

A City of Chicago Playlist and Companion Guide
As any music nerd who spends a lot time thinking about the following can tell you, both physical and cultural geography have a profound influence on creating and performing music.  In the case of Chicago, its presence as the largest city in the Midwest has provided an interesting context for many noteworthy songs penned about... Read more »

Chicago’s Green Urban Park Renaissance

Chicago’s Green Urban Park Renaissance
In recent years Chicago has gained several notable parks and public spaces that have added to the city’s evolving “green” reputation.  Projects include the completion of the 31st Street Harbor (2012) with newly designed green space, an expanded Ping Tom Memorial Park (2011) on the Chicago River in Chinatown, the sleek Mary Bartelme Park (2010)... Read more »
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