WINDY CITY TIMES

WATCH: To Be Young, Gifted And Black—And Gay—In South Side Chicago

 

From Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5 comes the interesting story of Terrence Chappell, a Windy City native who regularly journeys from Auburn Gresham on the South Side to Boystown on the North Side in his capacity as a nightlife reporter for ChicagoPride.com.

In Auburn Gresham, he says, there are no bars that he would hang out at more than once. And in Boystown, he can sometimes feel like an outsider because of the stereotypes he hears from people about the South Side.

A few months back, a woman, upon learning where he was from, asked him, “Are you from one of those ghetto families?” Chappell laughs as he recounts the story now. But it’s not the first time someone has had a notion about Auburn Gresham, where he grew up and still lives.

“People are very scared of what they don’t know about,” he says.

The profile is part of the station’s weeklong look at Auburn Gresham, one of the city’s high-crime neighborhoods.