Monday, July 25, 2011

YoChicago: All about Chicago's Chatham neighborhood cont'd

[VIDEO: PART 5, PART 6, PART 7] These are the final three videos of Worlee's drive with Joe Zekas of  The videos are posted below the text and here are the first four videos.

Part 5 shows Worlee driving along 83rd onto Cottage Grove then onto 83rd then back onto King Drive. Seen here is Chatham Village Square shopping center where Joe Zekas said he was kicked out while filming close to four years ago. We see an update on the former Chatham Pancake House and also Seaway Bank is shown.

Part 6 we see the last cab stand in Chicago. Also the history of the property near 80th & King Drive. Had little idea it used to be an ice cream stand for Baldwin Ice Cream back in the day. And then a drive along 79th Street from King Drive where it was noted by Zekas that this strip needs some help. In addition we see the LEED certified Chatham Executive Building near the end of this video

Part 7 we see more of 79th Street with Rep. Bobby Rush's Congressional Office and I believe they make special note of the "Chatham Center" near 79th & Cottage Grove. In addition we take a look at a branch of Urban Partnership Bank. This branch was formerly of ShoreBank and was the main bank for the former Black-owned Independence Bank.

Back to 79th Street we see some of the buildings on the north side of the street from the "Chatham Center". One of those storefronts back in 1995 was I believe a campaign office for Mayor Daley when he ran for re-election at the time. Was even close enough to shake hands with him back then.

Anyway the videos are embedded below. Did you enjoy all seven videos?

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