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Best of the South Side 2010

Around the turn of the last century, workers and businessmen attracted by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition settled down in Woodlawn and South Shore. New homes and brick apartment buildings were built for the predominately upper-middle class white Protestant residents. The streets of South Shore are filled with remnants of the first decades of the 20th century, with houses designed in styles ranging from prairie home to Renaissance revival, and the most striking structures in Woodlawn are the churches that sprouted up during its initial development. But the buildings here have born witness to a history far different from the one imagined by their architects.

Lectures and Fries

To the list of great pairings of culture and snack food, including movies and popcorn and art galleries and cheese plates, we can now add Lectures and Fries. Hyde Park’s largest housing cooperative, Bowers House, located on 51st Street and…

In the Footsteps of Killers

Leave it to the University of Chicago to create a pair of Nietzsche-inspired murderers. Nearly eighty-five years ago, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, graduate students at the University, committed the “perfect crime” on the streets of Kenwood, kidnapping and suffocating…