It was a connect-the-dots moment in Chicago as the following news stories recently broke in rapid succession. Chicago Public School enrollment fell again. It’s now down more than 115,000 students over the last 20 years. There are homeless camps in many parks and under viaducts, including Touhy Park on the far north side. That’s where […]
Homeless in a pandemic-stricken Chicago
Thousands have survived one pandemic winter, only to now face another, still waiting for shelters to have spaces for them, to hear their names called for a public housing unit.
‘A city within a city’
Ten years after the last Cabrini-Green high-rise came down, former residents look back at the community that shaped them.
Winners and losers in the war on drugs
When it comes to marijuana, big-money political donors win while the rest of us keep losing.
Residents reflect on rehabbed Lathrop Homes
“I suffered too much to live here.”
Five challengers take on 46th Ward alderman Cappleman from the left
Gentrifying Uptown may be ready for the return of Helen Shiller’s spirit.
Mayoral forum recap: all the answers, none of the bullshit
At back-to-back forums last week 11 candidates fielded questions and even provided some answers.
Lathrop launches lottery for affordable housing at revamped CHA complex
One of Chicago’s oldest public housing developments is getting ready to reopen starting this summer on the north side.
How Chicago’s Section 8 voucher voting bloc could sway local elections
Households in the rental assistance program are a significant (and significantly overlooked) constituency in Chicago.
The Chicago Housing Authority’s sleeping giant
The CHA provides Section 8 vouchers to tens of thousands of low-income households. Is the agency trying to keep them from realizing their collective power?
The Plan for Transformation has transformed Chicago’s built environment
Over the last decade, photographer David Schalliol has been diligently documenting the demolition and reconstruction of the city’s public housing. Selections from the series are now on display as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Something Rotten, The Project(s), and eight more new stage shows to see now
A touring Broadway hit and a youth revival from American Theater Company are among this week’s best bets.
The National Public Housing Museum’s long journey home
After 20 years of battling for its building, the nascent institution’s most significant challenges lie ahead.
Armed with new data, the Chicago Housing Authority plans to give ‘supervouchers’ another try
When the CHA scaled back supervouchers, people with disabilities were hurt the most, a new study finds.
What will a Ben Carson-led HUD mean for the CHA?
The Chicago Housing Authority has more autonomy than other local agencies, but that won’t totally protect it from major Congressional budget cuts.