Archive for October 2019

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance
Belmont Cragin is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets: it’s a neighborhood that has been experiencing a renaissance. This renaissance was driven by a collaboration between the Northwest Side Housing Center and LISC Chicago which engaged community residents around community and neighborhood develop in developing a Quality of Life Plan (QLP). As Jose Quilles (the blue-shirted man... Read more »

November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival

November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival
(Special thanks to Linda Stettler of Netsquared Chicago for bringing this to my attention)  In current conversations around gun violence, from concerns about films to the usual decrying of “thoughts and prayers”, one critical conversation is often left out: the long-term impact of gun violence on its victims. Although the media may focus on incidents of gun... Read more »

4EVR: A Chicago Startup Driven by Community

(Special thanks to Josh S and Indhi of 4EVR for their time and insights) Many Chicago tech startups begin with a simple goal of addressing a client or customer need. In many cases, those startups see the audience simply as a client making a purchase or paying a subscription. However, a new Chicago startup named... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek

Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek
(Special thanks again to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for taking the time to talk to us!) Last year we talked to Dawn Xiana Moon about Raks Geeks’ then-fundraiser for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, however, we had a follow-up conversation with Dawn about various other topics, including Raks Geek’s upcoming Seventh Anniversary... Read more »