What’s That Building? Sukkah Design Festival in North Lawndale

Sukkot are usually temporary structures, but architects designed them for three North Lawndale organizations to use long term for their programming.


Winthrop Family Historical Garden Pays Tribute to Uptown Chicago’s Historic Roots

A vibrant community garden and gathering space celebrates the rich history of the original families who lived along Winthrop Avenue.


Winthrop Garden POP! Plaza Opens At 4628 N Winthrop Avenue In Uptown

The City of Chicago has celebrated the grand opening of the Winthrop Garden POP! Plaza at 4628 N Winthrop Avenue in Uptown. Located on the short back road just north of the intersection between N Kenmore Avenue and W Wilson Avenue, the new space replaces an existing community garden which has stood in its place for nearly 20 years.


‘A bridge to something greater’ (Chicago Sukkah Design Festival)

Housing activists in North Lawndale unite with Jewish groups during fall harvest festival.


North Lawndale students learn about their neighborhood's Jewish heritage

More than 100 years ago, North Lawndale was predominately Jewish. On Wednesday, members of the Jewish community went to meet with young people, who now call North Lawndale home.


Chicago Sukkah Design Festival

The Chicago Sukkah Design Festival pairs North Lawndale community organizations with diverse architectural designers to design and build sukkahs (small huts constructed outdoors for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) that amplify civic life.


Chicago’s first-ever sukkah design festival seeks to do social good in an under-resourced neighborhood

Sukkahs, temporary, outdoor, ad hoc structures built during the Jewish holiday Sukkot are the subject of the first annual Chicago Sukkah Design Festival happening October 9–16 in the South Side neighborhood of North Lawndale. Sukkot, an annual, week-long holiday, celebrates the yearly harvest by congregating with friends and family over shared meals. The festival aims to combine social justice with cultural legacy through design.


Mahalia Jackson Court, A Pop-Up Plaza With Restaurants, Art And Play Space, Opens In Chatham

The court dedicated to the South Side gospel singer will have daily food trucks, live music and art from local artists. It is the first step to creating the Mahalia Jackson Cultural District along 79th Street, organizers said.


Mahalia Jackson Court unveiled in Chatham

A community-centric public plaza honoring gospel singer, civil rights activist and Chatham transplant Mahalia Jackson was celebrated Friday with a grand opening ceremony.


Mahalia Jackson statue, memorial plaza unveiled in Chatham

After much planning and anticipation, Chicago's South Side honored Mahalia Jackson with a memorial plaza in the Chatham neighborhood Friday.