Washington Park

Personal frames

We’d been gently encouraged to explore the DuSable Museum’s show “Reflections”–to let ourselves be engaged by photographer and Chicago native Terrence A. Reese, widely and affectionately known as Tar. But it just wasn’t coming together for me.

Batting 300 Million

  They say it takes a village to raise a child. But what does the child say about the village? What if the village happens to be a testosterone-fueled 300 million dollar megalopolis of athletics conceived by a boisterous alderman…

Woodlawn & Washington Park

The communities known as Washington Park and Woodlawn, in many ways, are symbols of Chicago’s South Side. Anchored by the park itself, Washington Park was once a large blue collar community made up of workers from the nearby stockyards and…

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…

Miss Lee’s Good Food

The small neon sign taking up the narrow storefront window tells you what you need to know:  Miss Lee’s Good Food. The neighborhood is tough–like many unassuming takeouts across the South Side, the kitchen and cash register are closed off…

With a melody

Two musicians Julianne Skones and Dominic Rotella formed part of the Civic Woodwind Quintet, with the three other woodwind players seated behind them. Along with a string and brass quintet, and a percussion trio, the groups are part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Musicorps program.