The Fifth District is incredibly diverse. Going as far south as the South Shore, and as far north as the Gold Coast, there are many rich and complex neighborhoods in the district.

South Shore                Greater Grand Crossing                    Park Manor

Englewood                       Washington Park                       West Woodlawn

Grand Boulevard                  Fuller Park                          Wentworth Gardens

Bronzeville                             Douglas                                 Prairie District

South Loop                           The Loop                                  River North

Magnificent Mile                  Gold Coast                                 Old Town


Each week, we will highlight a great place to eat, work, or play. Come join us and learn about the diverse communities that make up the 5th District!


Empire Dance Institute

Founder Latisha Waters started Empire Dance Institute 18 years ago. Her team teaches modern dance, jazz, hip hop, and more. Students come after school and on weekends. They stay focused, learn, and have fun!

Visit them at 2043 E. 75th Street or learn more here.


South Side Community Arts Center: A National Treasure

The South Side Community Arts Center was declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As reported in the Chicago Tribune:

“The South Side Community Arts Center helps to tell an important story about African-American artists at a time when segregation and racism prevented many of them from more fully contributing to the cultural life of the United States,” said Stephanie Meeks, the president and CEO of the National Trust, in a released statement. “The center has long been a beacon of tolerance and understanding, using art to enrich the community while serving as a welcoming place for people from all walks of life.”

Visit this National Treasure at 3831 S. Michigan Ave. Learn more about its current exhibitions here.



Evelyn's Food Love

Evelyn worked at Northwestern University as head chef, serving great food to thousands of guests and patients each year. She opened Evelyn’s Food Love so she could "serve healthy home-cooked meals in [her] own community.” Dilara is at Evelyn’s every week. Her favorites are the barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and peach cobbler.

Evelyn's Food Love is located at 5522 South State Street. Be sure to check them out!