Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods are often lumped together as one big homogenous place. But the South Side is a patchwork of distinct neighborhoods, filled with the kinds of characters and day-to-day stories that don’t always make headlines. Over a six-month period in 2011, I followed five people in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood: a high school student, a fitness club owner, a House music legend, a 20-something journalist, and an elderly disabled artist.

I produced five radio stories that appeared on WBEZ and with videos online. The series won first place awards from the National Headliner Club and the National Association of Black Journalists.

House music legend shaped by childhood in Auburn Gresham

Young, gay and black in Auburn Gresham

Women build muscles and connections in Auburn Gresham

Neighborhood pushes, pulls Auburn Gresham teenager toward adulthood

Auburn Gresham man turns empty lot into a work of art

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