Brighton Park

Chicago-Style Shrimp

The restaurant–if a room with six deep fryers and a few fridges can be called a restaurant–has been unofficially named the best fried shrimp house in Chicago. Although Frank’s is located in Brighton Park, its famed Chicago-style shrimp (not the New Orleans variety) attracts business from across the South Side.

The Big Cheese

As a lover of good food and explorer of this great city, I couldn’t believe I had lived on the South Side for three years and never heard of the Great American Cheese Collection. Opened about fifteen years ago by…

Best of the South Side 2009: Southwest Side

The story of Chicago’s Southwest Side is a classically American one. Immigrants–Poles, Lithuanians, Italians, Germans, Czechs–flocked to the area in the early 20th century after the extension of streetcar lines made it an easy commute. Railroads and stockyards–including the famous…

Miss Zacatecas

The seven young women onstage at the Zacatecano Cultural Center in Brighton Park last Sunday night were dressed to impress, wearing red tops and black skirts with coiffed hair and makeup fit for a prom night. Over the course of…