In a “divided we stand” America – gridlocked over social issues, gender, race and the economy – political polarization has peaked. Like many large US cities, Chicago is a Democratic island amid a sea of red. The city has a long-running history of gun-fueled neighborhood crime, with a deepening divide between the haves and have-nots and growing tension around gentrification... In Chicago’s more low-key neighborhoods, art and activism are thriving and forging a new sense of the city’s identity.
Words by Gilly Hopper. SUITCASE Magazine. June 2019.