"Eight Forty-Eight" kicked off Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations a little early this year by giving a nod to the everyday heroes among us. Rosazlia Grillier lives in Englewood on the South Side; she was recently named an Allstate Give Back Day Hero.
The sun is slowly setting on a generation of old city firehouses. Phased out by a new breed of larger, better-equipped firehouses, many of the pre-1930 houses--mainstays of the Chicago Fire Department for close to a century--await new duties.
Joshua and I sat in an empty charter-school cafeteria talking about his career. The only one of my interviewees who preferred to hold the mic in his hand (rather than leaving it on the table), he was clearly at ease with media. “I do music,” he told me.
Lisa was explaining that she doesn’t spend much time with friends after school.So what do you like to do for fun? To tell the truth, I don’t even watch TV. TV just doesn’t really interest me. I’m on Facebook.
(photo by find myself a city to live in via flickr)Lisa lives in Englewood and goes to school in Bronzeville, where she is learning about architecture and thinking about going into construction. Sometimes.
I've been around long enough to remember when a weekly trip to the neighborhood supermarket was kind of an adventure.As a kid growing up in the '50s, A&P was the dominant supermarket chain in the black community.These stores were fully stocked with all kinds of fresh