Uncomfortable Intimacy

Last weekend at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, “Trying to be cute bc the abyss” briefly turned the commodious white-walled gallery into an intimate space. This intimacy was not synonymous with comfort.

Common Law

Sporting their trademark red berets and white hoodies, Miguel “3rd Rail” Fuentes and his fellow members of the Chicago chapter of the Guardian Angels risk their lives attempting to deter crime and save the lives of strangers.

A Nice Vue If You Can Get It

Last Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved Mesa Development’s proposal for Vue53, a Hyde Park commercial and residential development that would replace a Mobil gas station and adjoining car wash on 53rd Street, just north of Nichols Park.

Grotesque Alphabet

Some species of bird feed their chicks by regurgitation: food is first ingested by the mother before climbing back up her esophagus. Some artists do the same. Pope.L makes it work.

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.

In Bloom

Some of the most popular flowers at the Hyde Park Garden Fair are under attack by impatiens downy mildew, a type of fungus that causes plants to drop their flowers and leaves. Its spores can hang out in the soil for almost a decade.

Lost in Transition

Clara Kirk’s West Englewood United Organization had begun with two feet firmly planted in the community, and maintained a good reputation across Chicago. Yet the very force that propelled the organization from its founding–its neighborhood spirit–may have been its downfall.