South Side Chicago
Chicago Red Line Extension Could Transform the South Side
The city’s transit agency is undertaking its biggest expansion ever to finally bring rail to the South Side.
Illinois Legislators Pass Controversial I-55 Road Expansion Legislation
Legislation to enable the addition of express toll lanes on Interstate 55 in the Southwest Side of Chicago, opposed by environmental justice advocates, cleared the Illinois General Assembly last month.
Update: Chicago Red Line Extension TIF Approved
The long-anticipated project that will bring the Chicago Transit Authority rail system into transit deserts on the Southside of Chicago is making substantial progress.
Chicago’s Red Line Extension Environmental Review Complete
The Red Line Extension on Chicago’s South Side could be a game changer, if the city can figure out the local funding.
Chicago Planning Commissioner Focuses on Disinvested Neighborhoods
A new initiative seeks to bring investment dollars to Chicago communities that for decades have suffered from the loss of wealth and population.
Chicago Coffee Shops Breaking Social and Economic Ground on the South Side
Cafes on the city's South Side are more than just businesses. They also provide important spaces for community building and economic development in neighborhoods that have been historically overlooked.
Chicago Gets Federal Money for TOD Planning Efforts to Accompany Red Line Extension
The long-discussed 130th Street Red Line stop gets federal money for planning transit-oriented development to accompany the proposed new station.
Theaster Gates Brings Together Planning and Art to Empower Communities
His work in Chicago has created spaces that protect and celebrate black lives and experience.
Chicago Moves Forward Legislation on Obama Presidential Center
The former president's Obama Presidential Center, to be constructed in Chicago's Jackson Park, has faced opposition from nearby residents concerned about its effects on the area.
Op-Ed: Chicago Intentionally Forces Out Black Residents
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy made waves when he said the rapidly shrinking population of African Americans was the intended result of the city's policy. An op-ed in the Chicago Reader agrees.
Editorial Raises Concern About Access to Planned Golf Course Near Obama Library
It doesn't get anymore high profile than the names behind planned projects in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. The question is whether a new Tiger Woods-designed golf course will be accessible to residents.
Plans for Empty Lot Raise Gentrification Fears in Chicago's Pilsen
Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood is getting more expensive and more white, and some in the neighborhood say the plan for a new apartment complex will further that trend.
A Rap Song About Bike Safety? Yes Please.
Activist politician and rapper, Rhymefest, partners with Blackstone Bicycle Works and Donda's House to attempt the impossible: a compelling song about bike safety.
Obama: Pedestrianize Street Next to Presidential Center
Barack Obama supports closing Cornell Drive, a six-lane road next to the future site of the Obama Presidential Center, to automobile access. He cites safety concerns and the need for green space.
Eviction Hot Spot: Chicago's South Shore
Rising rents and low income residents have made this South Side neighborhood a locus for evictions and forced moves.
A Simple Idea to Fix Transit on Chicago's South Side
On Chicago's massive south side, fixing transit means working on more than just CTA trains.
Chicago's Hilliard Homes Succeed Despite Trend Away From High-Rise Projects
The Hilliard Homes avoided the wrecking ball for 50 years, even while other high-rise projects were knocked down. A Chicago Reader pierce suggests the design and management of these buildings could make them a model for future High-rise projects.
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