Author Archive for David Sisco Casey

Local Grind

The technometropolis that is South Campus Residence Hall may have just opened its doors last year, but its effects on the neighboring Woodlawn community are already palpable. As the university’s population moves south of the Midway and outside the safe confines of the main quad and the student ghetto immediately to the north, businesses in Woodlawn will have to decide whether and how to change to meet its new residents’ needs. Robust Coffee Lounge is a months-old café that embodies one direction Woodlawn could be heading: a continuation of Hyde Park. The walk to the place will give you a good idea of the issues facing expansion south of campus–the lounge rests in a half-vacant building across the street from two deserted and unkempt lots.

Best of the South Side 2010

In the past twenty years, the South Loop has gone from historical to happening. Poor Irish, German, and African-American immigrants first built up the neighborhood
in the mid-19th century, but after the neighborhood avoided the brunt of the Great Fire it became a popular district with the Chicago elite. However, their massive mansions gave way to vice and crime by the start of the 20th century. When the South Loop’s seediness became common knowledge on a national level, the city made an effort to move criminal elements elsewhere. The South Loop then became a hub of industry, with specialized districts like Printer’s Row and Auto Row proliferating. Reinvented once more, it is not hard to argue that the South Loop is currently at its zenith for visitors.

What’s in a Name?

Though only two actors command the stage and the set consists of little more than chairs and a backdrop, Court Theatre’s production of “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead” is filled with an energy and charm that belies its spartan setup. Deftly…