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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Walkin' On Water

Walkin’ On Water

Today we started on what we’re going to actually have to show from all of our research. This is a nice amount of pressure because this is all we have to show that says we didn’t waste our time. However, I believe in what we’ve done so far. I think that these are feasible ideas...
Monday - Week Five

Monday – Week Five

Thursday - Week Four

Thursday – Week Four

Its Not All About the Shoes

Its Not All About the Shoes

So today we went to South Chicago and the conversations we were having with the people who were actually from the community went a lot smoother than the people who weren’t from there. While we were walking, Michael noticed some workers from City Sports at their entrance just looking outside and he insisted that we...
Wednesday - Week Four

Wednesday – Week Four

30 Years for Lakeside?

30 Years for Lakeside?

Today, I went to a local store store with Brenda and Mauryce. I helped prepare lunch for our guest today, Jeff Leslie. Today’s food theme was Asian and it was better than I expected; I am glad I tried it. Jeff Leslie is a lawyer; however, he has worked with the Alliance of the Southeast...
Tuesday - Week Four

Tuesday – Week Four

Parallel Paths

Parallel Paths

Today, we met with Dan Lira, the Executive Director of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce. He grew up in the community and knows a lot about the community. He told us that he is part of the new staff, which has been assigned to bring new businesses to South Chicago. Since we have been...
Monday - Week Four

Monday – Week Four

SWOTing our Problems

SWOTing our Problems

This is officially our fourth week working with cityLab and things are moving quickly. After all the research that we have already looked up, it is amazing how much we still need to get done. After focusing on three topics last week, amenities, vacant lots and awareness, we have decided to look deeply into those...
Thursday - Week Three

Thursday – Week Three

Words from the Wise

Words from the Wise

ʺWords from the Wiseʺ Today was our first community meeting in South Chicago. We got the opportunity to hear from the seniors of the community. During the meeting, we talked to Leroy and Joyce. Joyce has not been in the community long but Leroy has been living in South Chicago for a while. They both...