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2021

Cycling in Chicago: When Bicycle Culture Collides With Urban City

Author: Huazhi Qin Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS)   Having learned that Bicycle Magazine once ranked Chicago as the best cycling city in the U.S. is not a surprise to me. (Biking in Chicago, 2018) The first time I walked along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier, I was amazed by how...
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2021

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge: Uptown’s splendor during the Jazz Age

Author: Flory Huang Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) As I was wandering on the Chicago Neighborhood website, hoping to find something exciting to write about, one article caught my eye: “5 Chicago neighborhoods for music lovers”. “This is it,” I thought, I have found my gem on this site. For the past...
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2021

The Second City in the Second City

Author: Jinglan Hong Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) Located at 230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, sits a nationally-renowned comedy theater. Tthe Second City has been an influential improv comedy enterprise for the past decades. Its connection to Chicago is so obvious that one can see it from the name: The...
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2021

Exploring the Metropolitan Correctional Center: the Leniency and Harshness in Confinement

Author: Xinyi Zhao Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS)   The Metropolitan Correctional Center, located at 71 W Van Buren Street in the Downtown neighborhood, is a United States federal prison in Chicago. There are 28 floors within this building, accommodating perpetrators prior and during court proceedings and or those who serve brief...
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2020

Maxwell Street: A History of Racial and Cultural Integration

Author: Albus Gao Program of Study: SSD MAPSS   I have been a blues fan for years. It didn’t take long before I discovered that Chicago is essentially the birthplace of urban blues in postwar America. When I was browsing through the list of legendary blues artists in Chicago hoping to find some new music inspirations, a street in...
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2020

What Goes Around Comes Around- ‘Reverse Discrimination’ in Chinatown Rental Market

Author: Yier Program of Study: SSD Computational Social Science Much to many people’s surprise, Chinatown has always been a mystery to me as a Chinese citizen. Despite the same descent and traditional culture I share with Chinatown residents, how they are nurtured and influenced by their local cultures has always confounded me: will they welcome me as a fellow...
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2019

How Gangsters in History Influenced the City Of Chicago

Author: Guofu Program of Study: Harris School of Public Policy MPP Chicago was once infamous for its gangsters, though most of the mobs vanished, their legacies still influenced the city a lot. reference: http://www.historyrocket.com/Biography/al-capone/How-Did-Al-Capone-Influence-Our-Society.html https://timeline.com/chicago-murder-violence-48a71c395640?gi=23d49f630857 https://www.1920s-fashion-and-music.com/jazz-in-1920s.html https://www.jstor.org/stable/3786412?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents http://www.organized-crime.de/lauhtm01.htm https://film.avclub.com/america-s-gangland-how-chicago-became-a-cultural-capit-1798259723 https://www.wbez.org/shows/curious-city/history-of-violence-chicago-during-the-capone-era-and-today/6bff3ad9-097a-42e8-ac23-bc90d83d5bdb https://www.greatamericancountry.com/places/local-life/chicago-how-the-gangster-era-shaped-the-city https://chicago.suntimes.com/2018/6/11/18405967/social-media-altering-chicago-street-gang-culture-fueling-violence...
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2019

Pilsen: The Land of Immigration

Author: Joonsuk Kang Program of Study: PSD Statistics Two years ago, I moved to the United States. As a newcomer to this land, I have been deeply interested in the histories and stories of other newcomers, or immigrants in general. One of my favorite authors is Jhumpa Lahiri, who writes fiction about Indian immigrants’ life. Her characters suffer from...
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2019

Feeling Mexican Styles in Pilsen

Author: Minghao Yang Program of Study: SSD Computational Social Science Pilsen, which refers to either a populous city of Czech, or a renowned type of beer born in Czech, seems to have nothing to do with Mexico or Mexicans; however, Pilsen in Chicago is an exception, with Mexican ingredients building up its exotic culture. Before I explain the reasons,...
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