cityLab is a summer workshop that studies neighborhood history, data collection and personal stories of South Chicago
Mastering Public Speaking

Mastering Public Speaking

It is amazing how fast time can fly. I honestly can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks already. I feel that these last 3 weeks went by so fast; all this work that was getting done really kept us busy. The first day I was actually thinking I was going to...
That's All Folks

That’s All Folks

So these 6 weeks taught me a lot of things, but one thing I will never forget is how much I hate having an office job. I never want to do that as a career. One thing that brought me through these six weeks is the fact that we would...
To Sum It All Up

To Sum It All Up

What is cityLab? cityLab is a summer workshop that incorporates neighborhood history data collection and personal stories from the South Chicago community. However to me Citylab was home for me this summer.  At citylab these 6 weeks I have met so many people, have been acquainted with so many old...
It's Only The Beginning

It’s Only The Beginning

Today is the last day of Citylab and I can honestly say that this has been one of the hardest tasks that I have faced. When I first started, I never expected to build so many relationships, learn skills for college, find out so much information about Chicago, and even...
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Wednesday - Week Six

Wednesday – Week Six

How Far Will These 6 Weeks Take Us?

How Far Will These 6 Weeks Take Us?

Today, we presented again for Angela and other organizations and we did so much better. I felt like they really appreciated us because they repeatedly expressed their gratitude; I was amazed because I didn’t really realize how much work we did. But I didn’t forget how hard the research and proposal designs were. The most...
Tuesday - Week Six

Tuesday – Week Six

Came a Long Way

Came a Long Way

Its amazing how the world works, how something can go from nothing to something big in a short amount of time. On my first day, I came in here not knowing what to expect. I thought that we were only going to research South Chicago. While that’s still a big part of what we did...
Wrapping It Up

Wrapping It Up

Today we presented our final presentation. All the things that we learned in the last 5 weeks have been summed up into one big power point. we covered the past of south Chicago, what’s happening currently, and the future of the community. In these last weeks we have found many opportunities in the area. The...
Totally Worth It

Totally Worth It

Today was the final presentation for the office and I can honestly say that I feel proud for how it went. Tomorrow is the presentation for Claretians Associates as well as the community members, I really hope they like our ideas and really support us. I think that everything we have done leading up to...
Final SmartLuck

Final SmartLuck

Today was a very important day because we had our final SmartLuck. With all of the research, we were able to use that information to make South Chicago one of the best communities in Chicago with affordable living. When we presented today, I think we did a great job of breaking down the S.W.O.T and...
Last Inning Stretch

Last Inning Stretch

Today was very jam-packed! So tomorrow we have to present the final presentation of the whole six-week program, that’s kind of a big deal. We have to stuff 6 weeks into half an hour. We came in today and Michael already had a list of things for us to do. All day we were writing...
Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Having today as the last day to finish up the project is a bit stressful. You never know how much time you actually have left until the last couple of days. I’m pretty sure everyone can relate when I say that it is impressive how much work can get done with some determination and a...
Wednesday - Week Five

Wednesday – Week Five

In addition

In addition

Today at the smartLuck our guest speaker was Angela Hurlock. We presented to her about the opportunities we found in South Chicago and how to enhance them. What we have come up with is two additions to steel workers park and a river walk addition to the Calumet river. The two additions to the Steel workers...
Tuesday - Week Five

Tuesday – Week Five