Pullman

The Pullman punk ethic

Amongst the terraced houses of Pullman, sits the home of the Cooperation Operation, or, more colloquially, the “Co-op Op,” a fledgling urban farm and activist group currently in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3). On Saturday night, the group hosted…

Pl-zeñ

The word “gastropub” is, officially speaking, only a few months old. In the culmination of about a decade’s worth of foodie plaudits and hype, the powers that be at Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary opted to include the portmanteau (of “gastronomy” and “pub”)…

Walking with the dead

The exposed rafters of the old Pullman Railcar factory looked ominous against the gray sky. But across the street, artist Linda Bullen welcomed visitors into her warm and colorful home for a celebration of Día de los Muertos. Bullen, an artist, originally became interested in the Mexican-Catholic tradition through an admiration of its art.

A dream that I can speak to

“You have no idea how bad it really was–you’re just seeing a film.” As she spoke, the blonde filmgoer stood and motioned to the projection screen, her wide eyes flitting over the black and white faces surrounding her.

Chicago’s Heartland

A tall man from Mississippi stands in the doorway to his little house near 95th and Colfax. Across the tracks from Lake Calumet and a couple miles from the Indiana-Illinois border, he invites our 44-person group in with an enthusiastic…

Next Stop

Chicago’s first elevated train went into operation in 1892, and since then the system has been constantly shifting. Today, few remember how it looked at its peak, before the formation of the CTA in 1947 out of the privately owned…