There once were dozens of places to roller skate in Chicago, but today only a handful remain.
The Rink is one of the survivors.
The South Side venue has become a staple in the Chatham community — some skaters have met their spouses at skate nights, while others now bring their grandchildren there.
“It just signifies what black culture is: family, love, pride, passion, and enjoyment,” long-time skater Patrice Jackson said.
We visited The Rink to learn about the skaters, J.B. style, and what it would mean for the community if it closed.
Katherine Nagasawa is the multimedia producer for Curious City. You can follow her @Kat_Nagasawa.
Lakeidra Chavis is a WBEZ contributor. You can follow her @lakeidrachavis.