Bug City Express
Everything from the river and the CZ border down to Joliet on the southwest and Gary on the southeast is Southside territory, and it’s a very different economy from the rest of Chicago. Southside is a battlefield of suburban brothels and garage betameth labs run by ex-cons that can’t get a real job with their criminal SINs and staffed by teenage runaways. The local news is word-of-mouth at the bar (don’t trust the water south of the river), and it always centers on who blew up who-else’s lab, shot his dog, and cut up the girl he was pimping.
The outermost residential areas of Southside run right up against the blue-collar worker-villages that serve Gary’s docks and Joliet’s industrial parks and factories, and they share space with impromptu bars and strip joints that cater to the of-shifts. Farther in, closer to downtown, are the abandoned factories and office buildings claimed by survivalist communities and the kind of people you see in the rest of the Corridor. Lake Calumet, by contrast, is a smuggler’s haven.
Neighborhoods: Squatter, Low, Middle