[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 seems Chatham is still getting interest in the mainstream press. BTW, Seaway wasn't the first ever Black-owned bank. ;)
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.
Do you think of Chatham as a self-contained community? Do you think the best is yet to come for Chatham?