1. Botanicas (literal translation: "botany stores") can be found in Hispanic and Caribbean communities in cities across America. Most botanicas purvey goods and services including herbal and folk medicines, religious items, and holistic health advice, while a smaller subset offer spiritual procedures such as cleansing or spell-casting. In Chicago, more than a dozen botanicas can be found operating along or near 26th Street from Kedzie to Kostner in Little Village, the heart of the city's Mexican immigrant community.

    This video is part of a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies and experiments in form.

    Brian Ashby's co-directorial debut, Scrappers scrappersmovie.com, won Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's list of top documentaries for that year. Emmanual Camacho is an instructor at Yollocalli Arts Reach, an initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art; he recently shot and acted in the narrative feature Maydays maydaysmovie.com (2013 Chicago Latino Film Festival). Gabriela Fernandez is a journalist and travel writer who recently arrived in Chicago after earning her MA in International Development and Cooperation. Akemi Hong is Senior Designer at JB Chicago and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The Grid is funded in part by the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund.

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  2. Several years ago, transportation company Norfolk Southern initiated an expansion of its 47th Street Terminal by covertly buying property in the northeast corner of Englewood. Since the plans were publicized in September 2011, residents have been living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community. This short is the first piece of a feature-length documentary about the neighborhood and its confrontation with the pressures of contemporary transportation infrastructure.

    This video is part of a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies, and experiments in form.

    David Schalliol is managing editor of Gapers Block and a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago; this project is an outgrowth of his research on social organization and disorganization in urban communities. Dave Nagel is a freelance shooter, editor and sound recordist. Brian Ashby's co-directorial debut, Scrappers, won Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's top 10 list of documentary films for that year. Akemi Hong is Senior Designer at JB Chicago and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Assistant designer Natalia Echeverry is a recent arrival in Chicago from Colombia and a resident of Hyde Park.

    The Grid is funded in part by the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund.

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  3. The Rev. Henry Isaac has tested his faith as a journeyman window washer since 1974, and shared his faith as a preacher since 1994. He currently washes for Shine On Group and ministers to the congregations of Englewood's New Zion Grove MBC and Austin's Community Fellowship MBC.

    This video is part of a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies, and experiments in form.

    Director Nadav Kurtz is a filmmaker currently based in Beacon, NY, who has worked with the Chicago post-production firm Cutters since 2007. In summer 2011, Nadav produced two documentaries on Chicago window washers. The other, Paraíso, paraisofilm.com, won Best Documentary Short at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, played many other festivals and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Brian Ashby and Ben Kolak's directorial debut, Scrappers, scrappersmovie.com, won Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's top 10 list of documentary films for that year. Dan Truog is an editor at Barbary Post, San Francisco, barbarypost.com. Graphic Designer Akemi Hong is Senior Designer at JB Chicago, and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Assistant designer Shabaka Verna is a recent graduate of Benito Juarez Community Academy High School planning to begin college in autumn 2013.

    The Grid is funded in part by the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund.

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  4. Envision Arts Studio, a branch of the social service agency Envision Unlimited, provides Chicagoans with intellectual and developmental disabilities a disciplined studio practice in a community setting. Find out more at carc.info

    This video is part of a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies, and experiments in form.

    Producer Brian Ashby's directorial debut, Scrappers, scrappersmovie.com, won Best Documentary at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's list of top documentaries for 2010. Joe Riina-Ferrie is pursuing a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. David Nagel is a freelance shooter, editor and sound recordist. Ryan Gleeson is a Media Manager and Assistant Editor at Kartemquin Films. Graphic Designer Akemi Hong is Senior Designer at JB Chicago, and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The Grid is funded in part by the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund.

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  5. Since 1997, LAMPO has presented experimental music and intermedia events to adventurous Chicago audiences. Find out about upcoming shows at lampo.org, and hear more about LAMPO from Director Andrew Fenchel on WBEZ: wbez.org/episode-segments/lampo

    This video is part of a series profiling Chicago businesses, subcultures and landscapes. These short, lyrical documentaries aspire to be art cinema, ethnographies, and experiments in form.

    Producer Ben Kolak's directorial debut, Scrappers, scrappersmovie.com, won Best Documentary at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and made Roger Ebert's list of top documentaries for 2010. Sound recordist and editor Alex Inglizian does sound for LAMPO and is chief engineer at Experimental Sound Studio experimentalsoundstudio.org Graphic Designer Akemi Hong is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's graduate program in Visual Communication Design.

    The Grid is funded in part by the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund.

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