In 2013, a woman named Rachel Hyman reached out to me on Twitter to talk neighborhoods.
We were both working in that space; me through this site, her through Anthology of Chicago. We combined forces to create “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” a reading series that would explore Chicago through its component elements.
An itinerant, homeless series, we go where we’re needed. We’ve raised funds for a literacy nonprofit at a Logan Square bar, feted Studs Terkel at the University of Chicago and packed the house twice at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Starting in 2014, we’ve had local artists illustrate the stories, turning each performance into a dynamic visual experience the Chicago Tribune called “a living graphic novel.”
Find out where we’re going next and see photos from past readings at our Facebook page.
Psalm One, art by Dmitry Samarov - Englewood
Elaine Hegwood Bowen, art by Marine Tempels - Englewood
Steven Schroeder, own art – Hyde Park
Rachel Hyman, art by Sarah Zimmer - Hyde Park
Megan Stielstra, art by Camille Swift - Wicker Park
Paul Dailing, art by Jamie Hibdon - Little Village
Don De Grazia, art by Dmitry Samarov – Wrigleyville
Irene Marquette, art by Rachel Foss – Andersonville
Oni Woods, art by Emily Torem – Bronzeville
Kari Lydersen, art by Chester Elvin - Pilsen
Dmitry Samarov – Beverly
Robert Loerzel – Lakeview
Shannon Cason – Bronzeville
Bill Savage – Rogers Park
Paul Durica – Pilsen
Melanie LaForce – Logan Square
Molly Meacham – Roscoe Village
Kimberly Dixon-Mays – Hyde Park
Sarah Gonzalez – Pilsen