Saturday, December 8, 2012

Your Chicago: Chatham

[VIDEO] CBS 2 Chicago takes a trip to the Chatham neighborhood with their anchor Jim Williams who himself was a "child of Chatham":
At one time, Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood was one of the best neighborhoods on the South Side — home to many famous Chicagoans, including Mahalia Jackson.

It has seen some changes — some good, some bad. But those that live there now are proud of where they call home, CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan reports.

In 1958, CBS 2 reporter Jim Williams moved into a small, but brand-new home in Chatham.

“Twenty thousand dollars my folks paid for this house, and we moved in 50 years ago,” he tells Sullivan on a tour.

With a policeman father and a teacher for a mother, Williams and his brother rode bikes down the street. Times have changed, but his love for where he grew up hasn’t.

“Well, I mean just look at this, look at how well-manicured these lawns are. Look how they take care of their property. People have a lot of pride here. They’ve always had it and they still have it today,” Williams says.
It seems Chatham is still getting interest in the mainstream press. BTW, Seaway wasn't the first ever Black-owned bank. ;)

Do you think of Chatham as a self-contained community? Do you think the best is yet to come for Chatham?

1 comment:

  1. I have lived in Chatham for many years ..All three of my childern grew up in Chatham. Chatham have some of the better schools . Jane Niel, Dixon Schools . My son have two freinds that he went to elementry school and thru high school thogether and they still lives in chatham..I have moved but have always returned to Chatham .. I love CHATHAMN.


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