Woodlawn

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.

Radical Hospitality

Urban Village might seem like another church in a neighborhood already full of churches, but it is determined to set itself apart from the regimented, traditional ways in which Christianity is practiced elsewhere on the South Side.

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.

The Future of Woodlawn’s Housing

As the city and HUD plan Woodlawn’s future, some yearn for something more like the past. The official plan is an irresistible, seductive vision of Woodlawn’s future–a neighborhood reinventing itself anew as a place safe, immaculate, comfortable, and nothing like it was for the past couple of decades. But, will it work?