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10 Must-Read Stories About Chicago This Week

Pharmacy deserts, women in manufacturing, and abortion before Roe v. Wade

A pedestrian passes a shuttered CVS in East Garfield Park.   Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

1. “Pharmacy Deserts” a Growing Health Concern in Chicago, Experts, Residents Say

13 census tracts in Chicago don’t have a pharmacy within a mile. All are on the South Side, mostly on the far South Side. The Tribune examines the problem.

2. Gentrification’s Toll on Nightlife in America’s Oldest Gay Neighborhood

It was a haven for young LGBTQ residents for decades. Rents are pushing people out—but is a gay neighborhood necessary now? Eater Chicago devotes a documentary to its changes.

3. Could a Political Newcomer Unseat Illinois’s Most Conservative Democrat?

Marie Newman has never run for office, but she’s been endorsed by Gloria Steinem and Kirsten Gillibrand for the southwest suburbs House seat. Is it enough to knock off seven-term incumbent Dan Lipinski? Chicago magazine weighs her chances.

4. A Photographer Captures His Community in a Changing Barrio

Sebastian Hidalgo grew up in Pilsen when it was thoroughly Chicano, teaching himself photography by wandering its streets. When the neigborhood starting evolving, he spent two years capturing it through his lens. The New York Times presents his work.

5. Living in a Bubble: The Chicago Restaurant Industry in 2018

Food has moved to the center of the city’s economy and culture and given it an international reputation. What happens if the business isn’t sustainable? Three restaurateurs talk to Fooditor about the future.

6. Carol Ross Barney Is Chicago’s New Daniel Burnham

The local architect has transformed the CTA and the river. But she wants her river-reclamation work to go far outside downtown. Metropolis profiles her at a career peak.

7. Women Are Forging a Space of Their Own in Chicago’s Manufacturing Industry

As Boomers retire, companies will be short of people with the skills needed to replace them. One way to close the gap quickly is to get women in training for those jobs. The Reader looks at the progress.

8. Before Roe v. Wade, the Women of “Jane” Provided Abortions for the Women of Chicago

The underground network found doctors to perform the procedure, eventually learning how to do it themselves, until the police caught up to them. Radio Diaries looks back.

9. Chicago’s Urban Renewal Displaced an Astonishing Number of People in the 20th Century

Only New York City displaced more, and Chicago moved far more compared to its population. Chicago magazine runs the numbers.

10. An Insurgent Campaign Is Targeting the Very Heart of the Chicago Democratic Machine—and Just Might Win

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios has been the subject of a lot of bad news recently, but can Fritz Kaegi unseat him for a position few historically pay attention to? The Intercept thinks so.


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