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Welcome to Englewood

At 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, community leaders, neighborhood residents, and media crowds gathered on the corner of 63rd and Yale. Everyone wore excitement on their face for the unveiling of the first-ever “Welcome to Englewood” sign. Community residents are happy to see a sign like this be placed in their Englewood community. […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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15th Ward aldermanic candidates talk about key issues in a series of forums

Aldermanic hopefuls in the Southwest Side are presenting their platforms to residents and stakeholders in the wards they are hoping to lead. They have been participating in a series of forums organized by several community groups in Back of the Yards, Englewood and Brighton Park. On Tuesday, Feb.10, candidates running for alderman in the 15th […]

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Upscale grocery store sees opportunity in food desert

Whole Foods Market, one of the largest supermarket chains of organic and natural foods in the country, is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners in Englewood to become suppliers by sharing their products. Last September, the supermarket announced that it would be opening a new store in 2016 at the corner of 63rd and Halsted, and […]

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Urban gardens offer more than just food

  On warm, sunny Saturday mornings, you will see around a dozen youth and adults tending a garden at the corner of 51st and Wolcott. During every summer for the past four years, the once-vacant lot is transformed into a community garden. Here, young people learn how to grow food and how to eat healthier. […]

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Local financial coaching program helps residents build credit histories

Englewood resident Arris Tolbert, 25, wasn’t always aware of the importance of building and maintaining a good credit score. A few years ago, she had just completed her associate’s degree at Kennedy-King College and was getting ready to enter the workforce. At the time, she was looking for resources that would help her prepare for […]

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New early childhood education center serves Back of the Yards, Englewood families

A new early childhood education center opened its doors to families in Back of the Yards and Englewood on Tuesday Feb. 18. Metropolitan Family Services, an organization that offers full day early learning and pre-kindergarten programs, will run the new daycare center next to Arthur Libby Elementary School, located on 5338 S. Loomis St. The […]

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Englewood resident collective brings new café to the neighborhood

After nearly four years in the making, Englewood residents will now be able to enjoy a cup of joe at a new café that recently opened this month. But this café is not your run-of-the-mill coffee shop. Located in the heart of Englewood on 69th and Green Streets, Kusanya Café is a cozy spot staffed […]

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Woman of R.A.G.E

Englewood Resident Seeks to Transform Neglected Neighborhood It’s a breezy Sunday morning as Englewood resident Aysha Butler and I head to Ryan Harris Memorial Park. The park is just around the corner from her house, which she’s been living in for a little more than a decade. While other neighborhoods in Chicago enjoy the privilege […]

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Media Often Gets it Wrong in Urban Violence Coverage

Derrion Albert’s death made international headlines in 2009 when the Fenger High School student was beaten by a gang of teens in Roseland. But a story that got little headlines was the collateral damage the media coverage had on the community. Communities like Roseland, Englewood and Austin are often penned in the media as violent […]