Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook
ISBN 9781948742498

Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook

Regular price $20.00

Edited by Martha Bayne
September 10, 2019

Chicago is famously a city of neighborhoods. Seventy-seven of them, formally; more than 200 in subjective, ever-changing fact. But what does that actually mean? The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, the latest in Belt's series of idiosyncratic city guides (after Cleveland and Detroit), aims to explore community history and identity in a global city through essays, poems, photo essays, and art articulating the lived experience of its residents.

Edited by Belt senior editor Martha Bayne, the book builds on 2017's critically acclaimed Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. What did one pizzeria mean to a boy growing up in Ashburn? How can South Shore encompass so much beauty and so much pain?  What's it like to live in the Loop? Who's got a handle on the ever-shifting identity of West Ridge? All this and more in this lyrical, subjective, completely non-comprehensive guide to Chicago. Featuring work by Megan Stielstra, Audrey Petty, Alex V. Hernandez, Sebastián Hidalgo, Dmitry Samarov, Ed Marszewski, Lily Be, Jonathan Foiles, and many more.

Martha Bayne is a senior editor with Belt Publishing and a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her work has been published in regional and national outlets including Buzzfeed, Eater, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Reporter, the Baffler, and Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism. She is the editor of Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology and Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left, both published by Belt, and the author of the narrative cookbook Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate, 2011).



Martha Bayne


Austin: Austin and Division
Shaina Warfield

Austin: Cakewalk 
Rasaan Khalil

West Humboldt Park: Queen of the Tunnels
Lily Be

Garfield Park: Perspectives 
Gabriel X. Michael

North Lawndale: And Interview with Alexie Young, MLK Exhibit Center
F. Amanda Tugade

Little Village: Three Stories
Emmanuel Ramirez, Zipporah Auta, and Gloria “Nine” Valle, with Yollocalli Arts Reach



Garfield Ridge: Comeback Kid
Sheila Elliott

Back of the Yards: Books and Breakfast at the Breathing Room
Miranda Goosby

Englewood:  An Interview with Tamar Manasseh, Mothers Against Senseless Killings
Kirsten Ginzky

Marquette Park: Members Only
Gint Aras



Ashburn: That’s Amore
Tim Mazurek

Mount Greenwood: Growing Up In, and Reporting On, Chicago’s Poster Child for Racial Tension
Joe Ward 

Beverly: How to Integrate a Chicago Neighborhood in Three (Not-So) Easy Steps
Scott Smith



Roseland: They Killed Him and His Little Girlfriend
Raymond Berry 

Pullman: Pullman and Ideal Communities in Chicago, the Rust Belt, and Beyond
Claire Tighe

Hegewisch: Pudgy’s Pizza
Josh Burbridge

East Side: Something About the South Side
Mare Swallow



South Shore: Between the Lake and Emmett Till Road
Audrey Petty

Woodlawn: Memories of Obama
Jonathan Foiles 

Hyde Park: Quarks and Quiche on the Midway
John Lloyd Clayton 

Bronzeville: Black Metropolis
Alex Miller



Bridgeport: The Community of the Future
Ed Marszsewski

Heart of Chicago: Sketches
Dmitry Samarov

Pilsen: The Quietest Form of Displacement in a Changing Barrio
Sebastián Hidalgo 

Greektown/Maxwell Street/Little Italy: UIC, Chicago’s Past and Future
Ann Logue 

River West: Cranes of River West
Jean Iversen


South Loop: Michigan and Harrison
Megan Stielstra 

The Loop: Life in Chicago’s Front Yard
Rachel Cromidas 

Gold Coast: The Alleys of the Gold Coast
Leopold Froehlich



Lakeview: On Belmont and Clark
Emily Mack 

Lakeview: The Blue House
Eleanor Glockner 

North Center: Signs in Bloom
Kirsten Lambert

Ravenswood Gardens: Chicago River Life
Rob Miller



Uptown: A Trip to the Argyle Museum of Memories
Vitaliy Vladimirov

Andersonville: The Precarious Equilibrium
Sarah Steimer

Edgewater Glen: Trick or Treat
Kim Z. Dale

West Ridge: Rebel Girl
Sara Nasser

West Ridge: Paan Stains and Discount Vegetables 
Stuti Sharma

Albany Park: Edge Zone Chicago
Benjamin Van Loon


Portage Park: Six Corners, Many Changes
Jackie Mantey

Hermosa: Holy Hermosa (poem)
Sara Salgado

Logan Square: The Best Burger on the Square
Nicholas Ward

Wicker Park: milwaukee avenue (poem)
Kevin Coval

Humboldt Park: Along Pulaski Road, From Irving Park to Humboldt
Alex V. Hernandez

Epilogue: The Last Days of Rezkoville
Ryan Smith


See also:
Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology
Chicago Bundle


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