Articles By Patty Wetli

Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published

No Such Thing As St. Patty’s Day, Not This Year, Not Ever

"Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds," one source said.

Englewood, Chatham Primary category in which blog post is published

City Shuts Down Popular Composting Company That Uses Worms To Repair Soil

Nature's Little Recyclers uses worms to turn garbage into compost gold. But according to city code, there's little wiggle room for such mid-sized operators to carve out a niche in Chicago's green economy.

Albany Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Is March Crushing Your Soul? Albany Park’s Plant Shop Is A Spring Break For Your Eyes

"There’s people that just come in here and walk around, hang out and say they needed some plant therapy. That’s A-OK with us," said 29-year-old Ozzy Gamez, co-owner of Plant Shop.

Bridgeport, Chinatown Primary category in which blog post is published

Catholic Churches Among Preservation Chicago’s Annual ‘Most Endangered’ Buildings List

The 2019 list also includes Jackson Park, a super chic part of O'Hare that would make flying less horrible, and a power station, among others.

Bronzeville, Near South Side Primary category in which blog post is published

The Palm And The Parkway: A Tale Of Two Chicago Green Book Sites — One Lost, One Found

"You can go to Soho House. But this is the history of music and entertainers or educators. ... Quit playing — where you gonna go to get that?"

Bronzeville, Near South Side Primary category in which blog post is published

Annie Malone Was A Millionaire Black Hair Icon Whose Mansions Were Listed In The Green Book — But Her Legacy Is Often Overlooked

It's alleged that Malone's former protégé stole her hair formulas and passed them off as her own: Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker.

Bronzeville, Near South Side Primary category in which blog post is published

The Real ‘Green Book’ In Chicago: Vacant Lots Replace Black-Owned Businesses That Once Thrived In Bronzeville And Beyond

The Green Book listed places safe for black travelers to stay. But many of the businesses did not survive. "If you're going to erase a community's history, you've got to kill the landmarks."

Bronzeville, Near South Side Primary category in which blog post is published

The Real ‘Green Book’: In Chicago, The Famous Directory For Black Motorists Pointed To Bronzeville

The film "Green Book," which is up for Best Picture on Sunday, is named for the annual guide listing where black travelers could safely go.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town Primary category in which blog post is published

Watch Out, Zumba: PomSquad Is The Cheer-iest New Workout In Town

PomSquad, taught at studios and fitness centers across Chicago, is still a grueling workout. It just has shinier accessories.