Posts tagged "neighborhoods"

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th
Every once in awhile, this blog highlights some great organizations that make a positive impact on the city of Chicago and its neighborhoods. In the past, we have highlighted Chicago Cares and its efforts to engage residents and volunteers on improving our community. On August 19th, there is a great opportunity to make an impact…and... Read more »

How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis

How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis
Every month, Chicago Now Bloggers participate in "Blogapalooz-Hour", where we all write about a particular topic in one hour's time, and this month's topic is “Write about the first time you felt like you were a grown-up.” What's particularly ironic is that I felt like a grown-up....when I moved to St. Louis and lived there for seven years. Short story - after leaving grad school, moved to Oregon because I got engaged. Planned on settling down, work in the chemical dependency field...and then the relationship ended. After finding a job in St. Louis at the urging of one of my friends, I moved to St. Louis during a very hectic December, living there until I moved back to Chicago in March 2007 because of my mother's health...

Celebrate Small Business Saturday - Shop Chicago Neighborhoods

Last week, I wrote about how Local First Chicago is looking to drive small business growth in the city. Last week, they worked together with the City Treasurer’s office to highlight Small Business Saturday…. ….and what a great gathering it was. Last week, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers announced his office, the Office of the Mayor, and... Read more »
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Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters
First, let me make this clear – this isn’t a blog post about why you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump for president. By now, you are locked into your decision, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise. Despite overwhelming evidence of Trump’s inability to act professionally, he is choosing to remain in the race and... Read more »

My (Not-So) Secret Life in Tobacco Prevention

Yesterday, a new-ish colleague and I were having a conversation. You know, the good, old-fashioned get-to-know-you conversations that people tend to have. One of the topics that came up – and which surprised my new colleague – was my background in tobacco prevention. Granted, it happened in St. Louis (rather than Chicago), but in looking... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »
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Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed

Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed
Sometimes, I get so busy with personal and professional commitments (including running my own consultancy) that I miss out on key events….meaning that you, the reader, miss out on great community-oriented tech gatherings in Chicago. However, consider this week’s post a great wrap-up of an event back in June….as well as drive interest for the... Read more »

Blog Action Day 2015

Blog Action Day 2015
Every year, this blog participates in Blog Action Day, a global effort to drive conversation around a given topic. This year, bloggers are being asked to focus their Blog Action Day 2015 post around the theme “Raise Your Voice”, with a specific focus on blogging. In many other countries, there are efforts to silence dissent, to... Read more »

Follow Up: Chicago Cares Serve A Thon 2015

Recently, I participated in Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon 2015, and although I wrote about the experience, I don’t think my prose did the event justice. There was a high number of participants in a wide variety of activities…. However, this recently released video is a great example of everything that went into the event. (And you... Read more »
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Placing Community Conversations "On the Table" [Meet Your Neighbor]

“Community” is a word that gets used quite frequently in conversation….and we all wish to strengthen our home communities. But quite often, it can get mired into very high-end thinking with little action. In celebrating its hundredth year, the Chicago Community Trust is putting on a year-long celebration of community-based philanthropy, and on May 12th,... Read more »