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Mary Robert Jones didn’t quite fit the setting. Decked in a heavy drab smock and a worn head-scarf, she stood out in the company of crisp church-goers in the meeting room at First Unitarian Church on 57th and Woodlawn. She…

Bronzeville

Once, Chicago’s ‘black metropolis’ rivaled Harlem in its significance to African-American culture. Richard Wright, Louis Armstrong, and Nat “King” Cole all lived here. Clubs such as the Sunset Cafe used to produce some of the hippest jazz musicians in the…

Best of the South Side 2012

Chicago is a city that boasts, and this is our contribution. Our half of the city–the South Side–is many things, and in our annual Best Of issue, we haven’t tried to solve the riddle of what makes this place tick…

Love at Twentieth Sight

Can getting hitched survive today’s fast-paced hookup culture? Where can South-Siders go for traditional long-term relationships? Is love at first sight really possible in our time? Tameka Jones of Pretty in Pink Productions has answers. Her speed dating service, Twenty…

Ain’t She Sweet Café

Ain’t She Sweet Café in Bronzeville serves up a smoothie worthy of a billboard–but glistening condensation and an upright straw meet their match with a decidedly solid sandwich. Originally opened in 2006 at another location two minutes away, the café…

A State of Nonbelief

For a bunch of atheists, the conversation was in some ways unsurprising. Gathered in a Bronzeville Starbucks, the group broached all the major talking points–evolution, the Bible, zealots. The inaugural meeting of the Black Nonbelievers of Chicago (BNOC) also brushed…

Garden Fresh

The Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments in Bronzeville are a sorry sight. At one time, this building was among the city’s largest housing projects. It was built in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald, owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company, at the request…

Rose Tinted

The genesis of the “Pink | Space” exhibition was a simple question. Noyes asked herself, “What is my space?” To come to an answer, she looked inside humanity for something we all share: the color pink.