At 17, Justin Irving is an Auburn Gresham transplant. He and his mother and sisters moved to the South Side neighborhood four years ago. Justin’s mom works long hours to support their family, and Justin says that’s given him an appreciation for how strong many women are.
The trip on public transportation from Auburn Gresham on the South Side to North Side Boystown can be long and tedious. But as Terrence Chappell rides from 79th Street to Belmont and back home again, he uses the time to think.Chappell is a nightlife and society columnist for ChicagoPride.com.
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. But as important as they are to the city’s economy, politics and culture, Chicagoans do not always see them as distinct places. Take Auburn Gresham, a South Side neighborhood centered around 79th Street.
Growing up in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, DJ Farley "Jackmaster" Funk says he and his friends would sneak into bars and taverns like the Green Bunny on 77th and Halsted to see the “grown ladies in high heels” and smell the cigarette smoke and liquor.