Tag Archive for Best of the South Side

Hyde Park

Walking south along Kenwood Avenue at 54th street with his mother, a young Stephen Treffman noticed that the sky was falling.  What began as just another steamy day in June of 1944 had suddenly become a snow globe as peach…

Pilsen

The best thing about Pilsen, one resident points out,  is that it’s still “an honest to God neighborhood.” You’ll see a group of old men sitting on stoops and chatting in Spanish, children running in and out of the narrow…

Back of the Yards

When Chicago was hog butcher to the world, America’s hog butchers lived in Back of the Yards. The neighborhood takes its name from the adjacent site of the Union Stockyards, which ran on the fat and gristle of bovine slaughter…

Beverly

Located 12 miles from the Loop, Beverly is situated on the utmost southern point of the city. However, if you mistakenly call Beverly a suburb, be wary of the inhabitants’ retort. “People are always saying, ‘You live in Beverly, that’s…

Greater Grand Crossing

Just a minute south of Midway Airport, with her seat belt securely fastened and an obsessive glint in her eye, an airplane passenger might notice the nearly perfect right triangle beneath her and wonder about what she has spotted. At…

South Shore

Just north of where 71st Street meets Exchange Avenue, the South Shore Cultural Center sits regally on a lush, manicured throne, with a grand, arboreal promenade leading to the entrance. The chronology of the space can be considered in parallel…

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…

Hyde Park & Kenwood

Hyde Park and Kenwood are mostly residential and tree-lined, amber and beautiful in the autumn. The lake still reflects each sunrise, sending plumes of fog rolling west in the springtime. Surely more changes will come, but for now this area is a place for schoolchildren and undergraduates, working parents and professors, and of course, the President and those peculiar parakeets.