As a journalism major, I often have to write articles or report on topics that don’t necessarily grab my attention, but are a class requirement so have to get done. In a journalism class I’m in right now, my professor is very focused on informing us about things going on all around the city, not just in the few neighborhoods we frequently visit or ones that gather breaking news.
The current assignment we’re doing to cultivate this is a 77 challenge, where we were each assigned one of the 77 community areas
in Chicago and have to go explore that neighborhood and then write an article about it. Mine was the South Shore.
Coming from the northern suburbs, I spend most of my time up there, and rarely venture past the Jackson red line
stop. Thus, I had little clue about where the South Shore was, what went on there, or the demographic of the people residing there.
From my research, I quickly learned this is where Michelle Obama is from, it’s located along the lake (hence the name) just south of the University of Chicago
, and is where Tiger Woods is building a brand new golf course in hopes of hosting future PGA Tour
events. This is something that is super timely and current, as town meetings and discussions have been happening all month about it.
As I’m not an avid golf player or follower, I had absolutely no idea any of this was going on, when in reality it’s a pretty big construction. And, I found all this out by simply googling “South Shore Chicago” and clicking the “news” tab.
Now I’m not saying you should google all 77 neighborhoods and find out random facts about each, but what I am saying is that a lot goes on in such a big city, and it doesn’t hurt to venture outside of your normal comfort zone every once in a while, or even just look up news about some new places in the city, because there’s always something to follow up on!