Washington Park

House Keeping

The Anti-Eviction Campaign scouts out abandoned homes and arranges for people to live in them, matching “homeless people with peopleless homes.” “It’s not necessarily about what’s right or what ought to happen, but fundamental human dignity.”

Birth of the Cool

Jazz redefines the violin family. From outside the performance space at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, you might have easily mistook the instruments if you hadn’t known they were kicking off the first-ever Jazz String Summit that Friday night.

Less Art, More Matter

At the Washington Park Arts Incubator, an enthusiastic crowd does battle with a panel, teasing out the relationship between art and community development.

At This Juncture

Like much of Bronzeville, 51st Street is at a kind of crossroads. Many neighbors perceive things as having vaguely gotten better, but exactly what is going into the gradual changes of “the strip” is not obvious.

This is Not a Jazz Band

Rather than taking influence from the homogeneity of the present, Cohran seeks out more personal inspiration. “I realized that I am eternal,” he said, explaining the inspiration behind his songs. “I have ancestors who are expressed through me every day.”

Behind the CPS Closures

On March 21, CPS announced the closure of more than ten percent of the city’s elementary and middle schools. The decision concluded five months of conversation between communities and the district. Officials hail the effort as genuine engagement. Others call it a sham.