Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween parties in the neighborhood.

Several churches and other organizations are hosting Halloween events...many start at 5pm and go until about 8pm.

Ephphatha Lutheran church of the Deaf on King Drive near 80th has one such party

Also Greater Institutional AME Church at 7800 S. Indiana  has a similar program at the same time, which includes games and food.

Rep. Elgie Sims has his event earlier:

Rep. Sims is hosting a family friendly Halloween event
  • Where:  District Office, 8658 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 
  • When:  3:30pm to 5:30pm

Also, NextDoor has a map for Chatham residents who are giving out candy (and other adjoining neighborhoods).

Please let us know of other events!

Prayer today & tomorrow

Temple of Glory International church is hosting all day prayer at their church. It is going on RIGHT now.  The address is 311 E 95th St Chicago, IL 60619

The 2ns event is tomorrow at Carter Temple at Wabash & 79th.  This one has a taint of politics, as 6th Ward Aldermanic Candidate is hosting this event (prior to aldermanic elections as well as general  election day.). JP is planning  on attending the 1st 1/2 of the event.

What retailers would you like to see at 63rd & Halsted?

Location: South Halsted Street & West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60621, USA
Mantanky Realty diagram via DNA Info
Yesterday I posted about a DNA Info article regarding attracting future tenants near the site of the new Whole Foods Market in Englewood at 63rd & Halsted Streets. Whole Foods Market Englewood is expected to open their doors for the first time in 2016.

I wanted to take the opportunity to share this post from last year basically a what would you like to see at 63rd/Halsted post. We can always have that discussion here.

BTW, since a fire over the summer basically gutted another building near this intersection now we have another piece of this area to develop. What else could be added there?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Republican Jim Oberweis to speak in Englewood

Jim Oberweis will be speaking at a community center in Englewood on Halloween. Oberweis who has been making appearances on the south side in his effort to unseat US Sen. Dick Durbin in next month's general election. We got this information recently via e-mail:
  • Meeting at community center
    6855 South Emerald
    Chicago, IL.
    773-504-2125 or 773-253-5989
    Thank you very much
If anyone has anything to add to this information please feel free to add with a comment or send an e-mail to us.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DNA Info: Englewood Whole Foods Developers Looking for More Tenants

Location: South Halsted Street & West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60621, USA
I'm sorry I missed this article but the future site of Whole Foods Market in Englewood is looking for other commercial tenants:
Matanky Realty Group announced it is actively looking for possible tenants to fill spaces in the Englewood Square development, which is scheduled to open in 2016 at 63rd and Halsted streets.

"There has been national and regional companies who have expressed interest. It's been a mix of retail and service," said Terri Cox, spokeswoman for Matanky Realty Group. "However, nothing has been signed and we are still in lease negotiations.

"It will be a couple of months before we can make an announcement of who fills in the space."
Who else would you like to see come to 63rd and Halsted?

Monday, October 27, 2014

More on Al Capone's home in Park Manor...

Photo by Mauricio Peña/DNA Info
DNA Info further writes about gangster Al Capone's former Chicago home @ 7244 S. Prairie Ave. in Park Manor. On Sunday night I blogged about this historic piece of real estate which is listed for $225K.

DNA reporter Mauricio Peña speaks with the current owner of the home about her future plans after selling this house and about the knowledge of the lineage of this 106-year-old home. People have actually come seeking out this home because of who once owned it. The current owner had even let people in over the years.

ALSO, Curbed Chicago also talks about this home this morning.

Methadone clinic protest November 1st...

Methadone Clinic at 110 E. 79th Street
Information below come from a flyer that was sent to our e-mail recently. Greater Chatham Alliance has been all over this methadone clinic for many years.
  • P R O T E S T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GCA is saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Our community has seen an influx of people that have been loitering on or around homes, in alleys, around blocks and businesses located near 79th Street and on Ruggles school grounds during school hours at recess. They are coming from the Methadone Clinic at 110 E. 79th Street. We have Pleaded with the owner to provide exterior security to monitor their clients and manage them so they don’t come before the clinic opens and urge them to go home and not hang around on the school grounds & businesses after their treatment. HE WON’T COMPLY! But it’s got to stop! JOIN US!

    Saturday November 1, 2014
    110 E. 79th Street (in front of clinic)
    10:30 am until you decide to leave
    Thank you for your support

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Would you like to own this historic home in Park Manor?

Pic via Chicago Historical Society
CBS Chicago reported recently that Al Capone's former home located on 7244 Prairie Avenue is on the market for sale for $225K. JP Paulus blogged about this historic piece of real estate in December 2008 so apparently either the home never sold back then - for which it was on sale for $450K - or who ever did buy the house is putting it on sale again!

Is this a home you would like to own? And would you like to run into the ghost of the late gangster?

Friday, October 24, 2014

AP: Chicago police to check bags at CTA stations

If you ride the L be prepared.
Starting Nov. 3, officers will select passengers at random at Chicago Transit Authority stations. Bags will be swabbed for explosives residue but will not be opened. The process takes about 30 seconds.
Also be advised:
[Cmdr. Nancy Lipman of CPD's public transit unit] says anyone refusing to have their bag checked will be denied entry.
Also it was noted in the AP report that there are no specific threats but are to guard against potential terrorist attacks. Such measures have been performed in both in NYC and LA.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Englewood International Film Festivals Kicks Off Tonight!!! #GOODINENGLEWOOD

Location: 210 West 87th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, USA

Originally posted on Rage's blog:
The 4th Annual Englewood International Film Festival (EIFF) kicks off tonight with a private reception and then all are welcome to attend the Opening Film “Englewood” – Friday, Oct. 24th! The Red Carpet Reception starts at 6 p.m. at the Chatham 14 Theater – 210 West 87th Street!!

RAGE is excited this year to partner with (EIFF) to host career day at various schools in the Englewood Community!! Please come out & support by screening the films, attending the panels or workshops happening all weekend – for a full schedule link here:!

Join us as we support our very own film festival because this is truly -


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Block My Hood My City visits the Austin community

[VIDEO] I had been reading this write-up from Jahmal Cole's My Block, My Hood, My City about the Austin community which is the largest community area in our city. The video above is entertaining and certainly the write-up is as well.

We learn that there is good in Austin such as a restaurant MacArthur's and of course the area also has some wonderful homes and a strong community organization as Central Austin Neighborhood Association. I had to think for a second Austin has a bad repuation but there's good in Austin and then Englewood also has a bad reputation but there's good in Englewood. So we expect good to be found in all these neighborhoods which don't get good press.

In any event this is the second community Cole had visited. He also paid a visit to the southeast city community of Hegewisch. You may have seen a "regram" on our Instagram account.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Block club sign in the 9th ward...

Location: South Indiana Avenue & East 100th Street, Chicago, IL 60628, USA
This is on the back of a block club sign on the corner of 100th Street & Indiana. Unity is certainly something all neighborhoods should strive for. Hopefully this block has it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sun-Times: 17th Ward Alderman won't seek re-election

While the 17th Ward isn't exactly one of the wards we're covering for next year, this was an interesting development for one of the neighboring wards. Ald. Latasha Thomas will NOT be running for re-election next year:
Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) said Saturday she won't seek reelection next spring to the Chicago City Council seat after more than 14 years representing her South Side ward.

A lawyer with degrees from the University of Illinois and DePaul University, Thomas was first appointed to the seat representing Englewood and Auburn Gresham by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2000 and won re-election four times.

Thomas, who chairs the council's education committee, didn't give a reason in the written statement announcing her decision to step aside.
While little was mentioned of her future plans, we did a blog about this possibility. Although at that point Ald. Thomas still hadn't decided what she was going to do in 2015.

It was noted that one of her opponents - Glenda Franklin - had scored the support of Father Michael Pfleger who is the pastor of St. Sabina. Ald. Thomas claims this wasn't a factor in her decision.

CTA Tattler: Raise fares to fund rail expansion, major rehab

CTA Red Line extension
This was posted to CTA Tattler on Tuesday. Kevin O'Neill is calling on a 25 cent increase to CTA fares to fund future capital improvements to the CTA system. Especially mentioned was the CTA Red Line extension which he was unable to find any estimated funding but he says it could certainly exceed $1 billion (according to this ABC 7 article the estimated cost is $2.3 billion).

Would you be on board with a fare increase if it means the Red Line extension and other capital improvements are made to CTA?