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Friday, March 24, 2017

Latin American immigrants are unique in the history of U.S. immigration

Posted By on 03.24.17 at 01:16 PM

The cover of issue 13 of The Point - COURTESY THE POINT
  • Courtesy The Point
  • The cover of issue 13 of The Point

The most recent issue of the Point—the Chicago magazine of philosophical writing named for south-side Promontory Point—wrestles with the question posed on its cover: "What is America for?" One way they're approaching the question is to ask people who recently came here "Why?," and then, what the reception was when they did. To this end, earlier this month the Point cosponsored a panel discussion with Contratiempo, a Chicago magazine of Hispanic literature and culture, at the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Pilsen. A video of the event is now online.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This black collective trains bystanders to give first aid to shooting victims

Posted By on 02.28.17 at 03:31 PM

Ujimaa Medics trainers demonstrate how to dress a gunshot wound. - MAYA DUKMASOVA
  • Maya Dukmasova
  • Ujimaa Medics trainers demonstrate how to dress a gunshot wound.

A resounding pop! echoed through West Englewood on a Saturday afternoon. A teenage girl crumpled to the ground with a wail. About 30 people, from the elderly to those in their teens, rushed to her side.

A woman in the crowd stepped forward.

"The shooter's gone," she said, kneeling by the girl. "What's your name?"

"Dream," the girl replied.

"OK, my name is Day," the woman said. "I'm trained in gunshot first aid. Do I have your permission to help?" Dream squeezed out a "yes" through clenched teeth.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Help us identify these south-side neighborhoods

Posted By on 02.08.17 at 07:30 AM


The neighborhoods that make up Chicago’s south side—Auburn Gresham, Bronzeville, Englewood, Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Shore, Woodlawn, Washington Park, and so forth—are layered and complex.

In this feature, I wanted to exhibit these communities individually in the course of providing a collective portrayal of the south side. However, in browsing the Sun-Times archive, I noticed that location of many of the photographs was recorded simply as "the south side," with no indication of the specific community depicted.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

In Chicago, Obama’s legacy is visible

Posted By on 01.20.17 at 10:54 PM

A mural at Glenwood and Lunt in Rogers Park commemorates the kick off of Obama's U.S. Senate campaign at the adjacent Heartland Cafe. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • A mural at Glenwood and Lunt in Rogers Park commemorates the kick off of Obama's U.S. Senate campaign at the adjacent Heartland Cafe.

As the world watched Donald Trump take the oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, I traveled across the city where the 44th, Barack Obama, left his mark—literally and figuratively. Photos, murals, and other images of Barack, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha linger in storefronts in Hyde Park and pop up on buildings and viaducts in Bronzeville, Garfield Park, and Rogers Park.

For me, Obama's legacy is complicated and not flawless. But I also understand the gravity and thrill of being able to recognize myself and my own relatives in the family that, for the past eight years, occupied the nation's highest seat of power. What for so long seemed impossible became reality—and almost, but never quite, mundane. 

While the Trump administration seems intent on quickly reversing much of the progress of the Obama years, one thing is clear: in Chicago, at least, America's first black president endures.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Cubs’ World Series magic temporarily transformed Wrigleyville from hellhole to happy place

Posted By on 11.03.16 at 04:48 PM

The people of Wrigleyville almost felt like one big happy family during the World Series. - MATT MARTON
  • Matt Marton
  • The people of Wrigleyville almost felt like one big happy family during the World Series.

While strolling south on Clark Street, I stopped momentarily to peer into the window of one of the neighborhood's sports bars to see what baseball feat had prompted a deep roar from the thousands packed into Wrigleyville on Wednesday night.

I stood shoulder to shoulder with a pair of Chicago cops clad in yellow vests who were doing the same—craning their necks to see a TV inside replaying the Cubs' Javier Baez hitting a home run. The officer on my right, a fortysomething woman with a gruff Chicago accent, nodded her head toward me: "You seein' this? Unbelievable, right?"

"Unreal," I replied. "Are we dreaming?"

"If it is, I don't want to wake up," said the officer on my left, a burly Latino man with a laugh that made his bushy mustache quiver.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Flying the W: Scenes from Wrigleyville during the Cubs' World Series home games

Posted By on 11.01.16 at 05:12 PM

PAUL BOUCHER
  • Paul Boucher

Freelance photographer Paul Boucher has been on hand to capture the exuberant energy of Cubs fans—and vendors looking to cash in on that energy—outside Wrigley Field as the Cubs competed in the World Series for the first time in more than 71 years.

Before you tune into game six, check out his photos from Friday's home game against the Cleveland Indians.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to see Open House Chicago, from north to south

Posted By on 10.11.16 at 02:00 PM

The New Regal Theater in South Shore - ERIC ALLIX ROGERS / COURTESY CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION
  • Eric Allix Rogers / Courtesy Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • The New Regal Theater in South Shore

This weekend, October 15 and 16, is one of the best of the entire Chicago year. That's because it's Open House Chicago, when hundreds of buildings in and around the city open their doors so that mere mortals like you can explore! I've already publicly declared my love for this wonderful annual event. Now here's a list, arranged roughly from north to south, of some of the more interesting-looking of this year's offerings.

A warning: check the Open House website before you go to make sure that the site you want to see will be open when you get there.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Everybody had a happy face at the Obama Library site debut

Posted By on 08.03.16 at 04:47 PM

The setting of the Obama Presidential Center site debut - DEANNA ISAACS
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • The setting of the Obama Presidential Center site debut

Everyone made nice at today’s formal announcement for Jackson Park as the location of the Obama presidential library.

Since the site selection leaked last week (and had already been widely reported) the event, held on a blistering-hot terrace on the south side of the Museum of Science and Industry, was billed as a "Press Conference to Discuss Site Selection for the Obama Presidential Center."

There wasn't much discussion—just a series of short speeches.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Silver Room Block Party took Hyde Park by storm this weekend

Posted By on 07.19.16 at 03:52 PM

Block party host Mario Smith of WHPK on the Freedom Stage at Harper Court - CHRISTOPHER ANDREW
  • Christopher Andrew
  • Block party host Mario Smith of WHPK on the Freedom Stage at Harper Court

There's nothing like a block party to bring neighborhood folks to the yard. And Eric Williams, owner of the Silver Room boutique, throws a block party that can't be beat.

This Saturday, Williams spearheaded the 13th Silver Room Sound System Block Party. He's a veteran when it comes to curating entertainment for and with the community, and this year he worked with renewed ardor to bring back his neighborhood bash, recruiting friends, sponsors, and other collaborators—he'd taken 2015 off while the Silver Room settled in at its new location at 53rd and Harper in Hyde Park.

"This takes months to plan," says Williams. "So I wanted to give it time, get used to the neighborhood, let the neighborhood get to know me, and then do it the next year."

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Rahm Emanuel’s plan for a healthy, segregated Chicago

Posted By on 05.23.16 at 12:27 PM

An abandoned graystone in North Lawndale. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • An abandoned graystone in North Lawndale.
Healthy Chicago 2.0, the city's new four-year public health plan, "aims to ensure that every child raised in Chicago, regardless of neighborhood and background, has the resources and opportunities to live a healthy life," according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

That's a grand goal—but of course it's easier to set goals than achieve them.

The Department of Public Health has been rolling out the plan at a series of community meetings, the last of which will be Wednesday evening at Hamilton Park in Englewood. The 86-page report outlining the project, published in late March, is bold in its diagnosis but timid in its prescription. It pulls no punches in detailing the shameful inequities in Chicago: while the children in predominantly white neighborhoods already have the "resources and opportunities to live a healthy life," the children in many black and brown neighborhoods are growing up with their backs against the wall. 

But although the report offers 30 goals, 82 objectives, and more than 200 "actionable" strategies to diminish Chicago's health inequities, reducing segregation isn't one of them.

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