About Neighborhood pt. I

Neighborhood is important.

The word not only signals the community that builds itself up in a particular place or topos – it also signifies context.  Walk down any city sidewalk or backwoods path and you are walking over history.  The particular feel of a place can be so strong that you can, well, feel it…

As we prepare for the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry we’ve been getting to know a neighborhood just to the south of downtown.  We’ve walked it sidewalks and biked its roads and back alleys in search of the restaurants, attractions, and hidden gems of this oft overlooked neighborhood.  In the meantime we’ve stumbled upon a remarkable history that still whispers its unique mixture of splendor, vibrancy, and struggle from bricks and mortar.  We’ll have a bit more on the history of the neighborhood tomorrow, for now, check out the hidden gems we encountered:

Local Attractions Map

1. Lakeshore Trail – Walking/Running Path
2. National Vietnam Veteran’s Art Museum
3. Chicago Women’s Park & Garden
4. Lakeside Bank Branch
5. Second Presbyterian Church
6. Willie Dixon’s Blues Garden/Formerly Chess Records Studio
7. Former Site of Lexington Hotel (Al Capone)
8. Historic Motor Row Automobile District
9. Trinity Episcopal Church
10. Chinatown Neighborhood
11. CTA Red Line – Cermak/Chinatown Stop
12. Closest CTA Bus Stop & Metra McCormick Place Station
13. The Shrine Night Club
14. Reggie’s Music Joint & Rock Club
15. Historic Bronzeville Neighborhood

Local Restaurants

In addition to the food and beverage options here within the Hyatt, consider venturing out into the neighborhood to find some of the hidden jems of Chicago’s Near South Side.  This map details 20 food options within short to moderate walking distance.  Cabs and busses also operate along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and can take you up Michigan Ave. directly to the heart of downtown Chicago: the Loop.

1. Triad Sushi Lounge
2. La Cantina Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
3. Kroll’s Bar & Grill
4. Cafe Society Coffeehouse
5. McCormick Place Foodcourt
6. McDonald’s
7. Burger King
8. Pizzeria Brandi
9. Chef Luciano Gourmet Chicken
10. White Castle
11. Harold’s Chicken Shack
12. Liang’s Kitchen Chinese Food
13. J & J Fish & Chicken
14. Cafe Biondia Italien Restaurant
15. Opart Thai House Restaurant
16. South Loop Market Grocheries
17. South Coast Sushi Bar
18. Green Leaf Food Market Groceries
19. Dunkin’ Doughnuts
20. Chinatown Neighborhood (numerous options)



About urbancongress

The Congress on Urban Ministry is a biennial conference that explores faith, social justice, and urban ministry as we seek a spirituality and a way of life that actively creates peace. Students, pastors, and community organizers engaged in and passionate about peace, social justice, and transformational urban ministry who attend often find this event to be the single most inclusive gathering of resources for ministry in the city and beyond. View all posts by urbancongress

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