Belt Publishing: Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook

A piece I wrote on the history of Uptown’s Argyle Street was published by Belt Publishing as part of their latest Chicago anthology.  My contribution was rooted in the oral histories and archival research I have gathered in and around Uptown and discussed the neighborhood’s many cultural transitions and its ongoing gentrification that threatens to upend its character.

#MadeInUptown Business & Nonprofit Interviews

Uptown is a neighborhood of vast contrasts and rich stories. This work focused on the area’s many immigrant-owned businesses and non-profits working with some of the city’s most marginalized populations.

This work was completed while at Uptown United, but since then I’ve continued to gather oral testimonials of Uptowners.

United on Argyle

My Master’s Project, this document explored the purpose of an “ethnic enclave” like Uptown’s multicultural Argyle Street area in 2018, the challenges of preserving such places in the face of gentrification, and growing them without commodifying their cultural assets.

Using Argyle as a launching pad, I’ve continued this work by exploring the mechanics of other such enclaves in Chicago & beyond.