Tag Archive for Experimental Station

Little House in the City

The topic of the presentation was billed as “urban homesteading,” but speaker Erik Knutzen is dissatisfied with that label: “It’s a little too ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” he told the thirty or so listeners gathered at Woodlawn’s Experimental Station…

Artist Games

Strange contraptions greet revelers who come to try their hand at King Ludd’s Midway Arcade, housed at the Experimental Station on 61st Street and Blackstone Avenue. Don’t expect to see Pac-Man, and leave your quarters at home. This arcade is…

Best of the South Side 2008: Woodlawn

In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition brought economic prosperity to Woodlawn. Unfortunately, it left economic hardship in its wake that would persist for much of the next century, especially as a sudden racial succession turned the neighborhood from 87% white…

Orenthal

The actor looked nothing like O. J. Simpson. “Orenthal,” a production involving the Renaissance Society, the Experimental Station, and Court Theatre, had begun. The description of “Orenthal” in the email sent by the Renaissance Society was promising: it was to…

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…