INTRODUCTION TO THE GROUP Once upon a time there lived a couple of Loyola University students named Emil, David, Ziggy, and Danielle. According to their professor—Dr. White—the neighboring communities of Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Andersonville—had much to offer them. Because their class was to embark on a project which involved the decommissioning of a landmark on Loyola’s campus—they needed a better perspective of their neighboring communities. Hopefully during this journey, they would feel more in touch with their community and what each community had to offer.
For the next week, Emil, David, Ziggy, and Danielle decided on taking that much needed journey through Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Andersonville to further explore Loyola’s neighbors. Throughout this week, they would follow a scavenger hunt provided by Dr. White. This scavenger hunt would help the team introduce themselves to the communities that they would potentially serve during their project this semester.
First, Emil, David, Ziggy, and Danielle wanted to get a feel for the neighborhood by taking a look at the surrounding housing areas. They began their hunt at the CTA’s Granville red line stop located at 1119 W. Granville Ave.
After that they walked two blocks east of the station and then one block south. Since neither of the students were from this area they did not know what to expect. They ended up on N. Kenmore St. What they ended up seeing from most of the area were apartment complexes. There was one residential house that stood out like a sore thumb—yet that was the only house on the block. The group concluded that these apartment complexes were kept in relatively good shape.
In order to get more familiar with businesses around the housing area—Ziggy decided to speak to some of the workers around the area. First he went into Windy City Nails located on 6720 N. Sheridan Rd. The worker there told him the neighborhood was very diverse and that there lived many different races in proximity to eachtother. With it being a nail salon—she stated that 95% of her clientele was female. C’mon boys get your nails done The next stop was Starbucks Coffee on 6738 N. Sheridan Rd. The worker there stated that people that came into the café were diverse as well. Depending on time of day, genders seem to change. Mainly women yet during the daytime a bunch of men come in with no particular race.
Next stop, Sonny’s Convenient with Classy located on 7003 N. Sheridan Rd. The worker said the neighborhood was diverse yet the clientele was mainly African American and older Caucasian couples and various locals. Next, was Bank of America. Since the Bank of America located on 6742 N. Sheridan is only an automated system—Ziggy had no one to speak to. Yet the people that constantly walked in were all very different. Finally, Ziggy wanted to see if where locals would get their household goods. He went to two locations, Unan Imports on 6971 N. Sheridan Rd and Lakeshore Treasures Incon 7110 N. Sheridan Rd. and both seemed closed to the public which was very strange.