Reported by ODETTE YOUSEF | Photos by KATHERINE NAGASAWA
Edited by ALDEN LOURY AND PAULA FRIEDRICH
August 30, 2019
Every Thursday night during the summer, one block of Argyle Street in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood comes alive with dancing dragons and African drum beats. The scent of roasted duck wafts across stalls where people pile plates high with noodles, egg rolls and chicken skewers. Children and adults sip from young coconuts as they watch dancers, both professional and amateur.
The Argyle Night Market is an annual Uptown summer tradition and this year's season came to a close this week. Uptown is among Chicago’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods and has traditionally been a port of entry for immigrants and refugees. But many fear the character of Uptown is changing as the lakefront community gentrifies.
We spent an evening at the market to ask people to reflect on the evolving neighborhood.