Cart 0

Chicago in 77


Chicago in 77 is a written time capsule of the author’s visits to all of Chicago’s 77 community areas. Over the course of 10 years, the author’s curiosity to learn about Chicago drives her to step foot in all 77 areas of the city. Travel with her on a rainy tour through the historic Pullman district. Delight in the discovery of a hidden northwest side community. Pause in the solitude of a nature preserve. Witness movie-goers in costume in the middle of the summer. There are rotten tomatoes, strawberry Paczkis, drunk sports fans, and manicured pets. Take a break, step out of your routine, and explore new places around Chicago.



Originally from northeast Ohio, Karen Roddie has lived in Chicago since 2004. She is a social worker, professional home organizer, and youth mentor. She has a healthy appetite for visiting new places and will not turn down an opportunity to explore. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and earned her graduate degree from University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago, Illinois. @KarenRoddie @Chicagoin77


we all live here

we're going to publish snippets of Karen's book weekly until we cover each community area. when we met Karen we immediately knew we wanted to help tell her stories.

Here's the first one: