Archive for April 2012

Hidden Gems from the Chatham Community

Hidden Gems from the Chatham Community
While we look at the larger businesses and personalities in our community, there are some lesser known businesses and people doing some fascinating things in our community. One of the comments I get on a regular basis is “the community needs a restaurant with healthy food options”. Well, there is a company that is doing... Read more »

Chatham: It's Time to Save Brown Memorial Park

Last year I wrote a blog post about the parks in the 6th ward and one was Brown Memorial Park. Brown Memorial Park was established as the last parcel of a large lot of land formerly owned by the Nation of Islam. The land was foreclosed and sold in parcels. The Chicago Park District purchased... Read more »

Benji- A Documentary Well Overdue

Benji- A Documentary Well Overdue
I have written several post about Ben “Benji” Wilson here on ChicagoNow.But I’m very happy to write this one. I was contacted by a writer who was working with the producers of a documentary on the life of Ben Wilson. The documentary was being created for ESPN films and they wanted more information on the... Read more »
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Why is Gas So High: An Urban Conversation

Why is Gas So High: An Urban Conversation
That question and many more energy related questions will be answered at Oil: An urban conversation with WVON’s Cliff Kelley The American Petroleum Institute presents a forum on America’s energy future from 9:45 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Friday April 27,2012 Chicago State University’s Jones Convocation Center 9501 S. King Drive. An engaging and robust series... Read more »

The State of the New Regal Theater

The State of the New Regal Theater
Back in 2009 The Sixth Ward Blog reported on the state of the theater. The New Regal Theater was closed and foreclosure proceedings had been initiated. The New Regal Theater (originally Avalon Theater) is located at 1641 East 79th Street, in Chicago, Illinois. The theater opened as the Avalon Theater in 1927. The design is... Read more »

6th Ward: Events This Saturday

6th Ward: Events This Saturday
Here is a list of events going on in the ward for April. Whether you are cleaning up your financial, emotional or property. It’s Clean Up month. April 21, 2012 6th Ward Clean and Green 463 E 83rd st Various locations www.6thwardchicago.com April 21, 2012 West Chesterfield Clean and Green West Chesterfield Community House 9351... Read more »
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Challenge: Can Chatham Get Past the Gangsta, Grimy Gutter, Ghetto Individuals

Challenge: Can Chatham Get Past the Gangsta, Grimy Gutter, Ghetto Individuals
Over the last several weeks Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Sun Times have run several stories that included Chatham and one of the current issues that the community has to face. The main issue being that of residents coming from the former Chicago Housing Authority(CHA) State Street corridor or other subsidized housing developments throughout the... Read more »

Chatham: The New 87th Street

Chatham: The New 87th Street
While the community grabbles with social issues, a main thorofare is becoming quite busy again. The 87th street cooridor going west has seen a number of new businesses now the development is coming east. Starting at 87th State Street, the Shell gas station is in the process of a $1.0 millon upgrade with new pumps... Read more »

Restaurants and Politics; Why is There Such a Disconnect

Restaurants and Politics; Why is There Such a Disconnect
The Chatham community has been the home of Pan African cuisine for many years. Starting out with Soul Food restaurants such as Izola’s and Army & Lou’s and progressing to the Carribean with Cafe Trinidad and back to the motherland Africa with Yassa. So when Izola’s closed in 2011 and then Army & Lou’s http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-10082-army-lourss-restaurant-closed-now-hope-to-reopen.html... Read more »
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Gardening: A Chatham Tradition

Gardening: A Chatham Tradition
It’s April, the basketball players are hooping hoping to be the next Anthony Davis, BBQ grills are going and the grass is already green on King Drive. The warriors are armed and ready with their lawn shears to do battle against crabgrass and other invasive species that do not fit in with the Kentucky bluegrass... Read more »