Tag: neighborhoods

LISC Chicago Hoops in the Hood Tournament - August 17th

Photo by LISC Chicago
For many south and west side Chicago youth, finding safe places to engage in summer activities can be especially challenging. For many Chicago neighborhoods and community, LISC Chicago provides many opportunities for youth through their Hoops in the Hood program. Working with other organizations, LISC Chicago kicked off their 13th season of Hoops in the... Read more »

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital
In June 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill legalizing cannabis in Illinois starting in 2020. As the eleventh state to legalize cannabis, Illinois is hoping to drive economic development. Many local startups seek to take advantage of this legislation, and there are ample opportunities for both economic and community revitalization. On Friday, August 9th,... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago
There are many ways to impact Chicago’s neighborhoods: strategic community development initiatives, hands-on volunteer involvement, and political engagement. This month, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Chicago is proud to announce that former mayoral candidate Gery Chico is stepping forward to serve as Board Chair for the organization. Partnering with other community organizations, LISC Chicago’s mission and... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode

Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode
Long ago, I consulted for various neighborhood businesses and organizations which helped me indulge my two loves: local community development and repurposing old buildings. (Much of the latter stemmed from living in a rehabbed furniture warehouse in St. Louis). So when the opportunity came to learn more and write about E G Woode (a new commercial development... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services
  (Special thanks to Joy Decker of Esperanza Community Services for her time and insights) “Community” often gets used in a variety of contexts without understanding the full meaning of the word. In social media circles, “community” is often used to describe followers without necessarily any context other than a given brand. In Chicago neighborhoods,... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago CRED

Last week, I had the opportunity to check out the opening of Pullman Peace Park. After all, it was simply a few bus rides away, but it was an opportunity to learn about the work of Chicago CRED through the eyes of one of their participants. It was an outing to the newly-opened Pullman Peace... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Scott of Opulent Credit Builders

Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Scott of Opulent Credit Builders
Red light cameras have become an example of how technology can negatively impact the community. Initially, these cameras were installed to alleviate traffic concerns, bring income to the city, and ensure public safety. However, red light cameras are also forcing many Chicago residents to file for bankruptcy…and Chris Scott, Founder and Chairman of Opulent Credit... Read more »

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Living The Linux Laptop Lifestyle
As a freelance writer and social media consultant, I rely on my Windows 10 laptop (a ten-year-old Hewlett Packard Elitebook) for my work. However, the replacement charger blew out…two weeks after the original HP-branded charger blew out, and my laptop battery drained. That meant only one thing…getting my Linux laptop out of storage while I ordered another... Read more »

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 »
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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...