I'm Back

Let’s just get this out of the way. In the best case scenario over the past few years I was a sporadic blogger.  In the worst case, I ghosted on you all. I’m sorry. The short story is that I needed to get my shit together.  The long story is that I needed to practice... Read more »

8 Years Later: The Unsolved Murder of Barbara Ann Smith

Last week was the eight year anniversary of the murder of Barbara Ann Smith. To the best of my knowledge, her murderer has never been found and brought to justice.  Whether it’s a situation of scared witnesses or overwhelmed police detectives, unsolved murders in Chicago seem to be the norm.  Barbara’s is no exception. My... Read more »

Aretha Franklin's Funeral: Primer & Predictions

A few years ago, the Public Religion Research Institute released data that “a full 75 percent of whites have “entirely white social networks without any minority presence.”  And while that merits discussion on it’s own terms, it may also lead to confusion and a great deal of questions with Mother Aretha’s funeral services. Let’s be... Read more »
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Why Do I Need To Buy Something To Use The Bathroom?

Almost a month ago I was denied the use of the bathroom while I shopped at the River North location of Bed Bath & Beyond. After having a nice Palm Sunday brunch with my boyfriend, he reminded me that he had a gift card for the chain and we walked over to pick up a... Read more »

A (Literal) Sign Of Confidence For The Obama Presidential Center

This is an interesting and very public development in the discussion about the Obama Presidential Center.  Apparently the residents of the Park Shore East Co-op have chosen a side and are displaying quite the vote of confidence. The only question is will trust be enough to serve both their & Woodlawn’s interests?

Sweetened Beverage Commercials? There Are Better Ways To Impact African American Health Mr. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be very invested in protecting the African American population of Cook County from slowly killing ourselves with sugary drinks. Per Forbes Magazine, he is poised to spend another $3 million dollars in advertising in support of the unpopular tax on sweetened beverages on top of the $2... Read more »
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Is Woodlawn Real Estate Development Finally Making A Comeback?

Is Woodlawn Real Estate Development Finally Making A Comeback?
After sitting empty for nearly a decade, the trio of buildings that I’ve lovingly nicknamed the Three Sisters, are being marketed for sale. Clearly, the proximity to the Obama Library complex is a strong selling point, as are the luxury finishes listed on the website.  It has been noted that the real estate recovery has... Read more »

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part 2

Note:  This is part 2 of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.   And that’s where the old sneaking suspicion starts creeping in.  That’s where the doubt about the intentions of this new shining center on the south side start to cloud my perception.  Because as much as I... Read more »

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part I

Note:  This is the first part of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.    Like most of my neighbors, I’ve been paying close attention to every scrap of news released about the proposed Obama Presidential Library. The construction of the library and its campus will have a profound effect... Read more »
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A Mosaic Story Of Woodlawn

The outline and beginning mosaics of the 65th Street viaduct panels.
The folks who completed this beautiful mosaic last year on the Marquette Road are replicating their magic on the 65th Street viaduct this summer.  Last week I strolled down to check in on their progress.