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Best of the South Side: Beverly

Beverly is a community that boasts a solid, middle-class society, Irish pride, and a haunted castle that has been in the area since 1886. The neighborhood is often referred to as Beverly Hills not for an eponymous area in California…

Best of the South Side: Woodlawn

Woodlawn was a battleground. It’s been claimed by Hyde Park Township and annexed by the City of Chicago. It’s been defended by immigrants and refugees, the University of Chicago and street gangs. Though battles still happen here–most notably between the…

Best of the South Side: Pilsen

Empanadas. Theater. Futbol. Experimental art. Once a Czech enclave and now the largest barrio in a state not named “California,” Pilsen is also one of the perennially up-and-coming neighborhoods in Chicago. The mix of Latino culture of West Pilsen and…

Best of the South Side: Chatham

Chatham is famous for being the stoutest stronghold of Chicago’s African-American middleclass. Peace and quiet dominate the neighborhood’s character as well as its history. Before the Great Migration of the 1950s, Chatham was variously populated by Hungarians, Irish, and Jews.…

Best of the South Side: Bridgeport

The most significant modern-day landmark in Bridgeport is U.S. Cellular Field–known as “The Cell” in certain parlances–the home of Major League stalwart and 2005 World Champions Chicago White Sox. The memories from that whirlwind season still linger here, but the…