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Chicago Business Owner Overcomes Hurdles

Today, Fort Smith Boutique, 1007 E. 43rd St., a designer and clothing shop, has been in existence since 1986. He sells and designs capes, Swarovski crystal purses, custom jewelry, dresses, coats and even the embellishment on his hats.

South Side Gallery Owner Strives to Make Customers Feel at Home

FaiÉ African Art in Bronzeville, 1005 E. 43rd St., will be celebrating seven years in March and Edwards said she chooses to not relocate because she also wants to be a part of the community’s growth. Also, there are those who might not get a chance to be exposed to African art, but they might walk pass her shop and decide to step in.

Affordable Requirement Ordinance (ARO) & Taxi Reform

Dear Friends,


Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken (SFC) is re-inventing the neighborhood mom-and-pop carryout restaurant with the introduction of new initiatives in early 2015, including the opening of its “model” restaurant at 47th and Cottage Grove, the first on Chicago’s South Side.

Purchase a Wreath & Empower Youth

Get Your Wreath of LUV at Macy's on State Street
or Order Online!

Age-Friendly Chicago Offers Support to Caregivers

November was National Caregiver Month and the City of Chicago has been celebrating the thousands of Chicagoans who are caring for aging parents as well as grandparents who are their grandchildren's sole support. 

BACP Campaign to Help Consumers Understand Credit Reports and Avoid Becoming Victims of Fraud

As the holiday season approaches, more people will be using their credit cards. To help consumers stay safe, BACP has launched a campaign to ensure consumers know their rights when it comes to credit and avoid becoming victims of fraud.

City Cites CITGO Retailers

The City of Chicago said it cracked-down on a major gas and snack retailer after receiving numerous customer complaints during the past six years.

City Cracks Down On Valet Parking Violations
BACP investigators visit 35 valet companies and issue 229 tickets in four days
Graco Recalls 11 Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Graco, in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voluntarily recalled 4.7 million strollers in United States, about 202,000 in Canada, and about 10,300 in Mexico.

Nominate a Driver for the Taxicab Driver Excellence Award

BACP is accepting nominations for the "2014 Taxicab Driver Excellence Award" through 3 p.m. January 5, 2015. 

Small Business Saturday Performances

There are a host of great artists gracing 43rd Street for Small Business Saturday. 

Z & H Market Cafe on Thrillist's Top 10 Bagels

Z & H Market Cafe on Thrillist's Top 10 Bagels in Chicago. 

Throwback Thursday: Z&H Sandwich "The Marty" Named one of the 50 Best Sandwiches

Z&H MarketCafe's sandwich, "The Marty", was named one of the 50 Best Sandwiches in Chicago in 2012. 

UChicago selects four mid-South Side nonprofits for first year of Community Programs Accelerator

Seven additional organizations selected as Associates; Workshops for all community-based nonprofits begun Nov. 15

Open House Chicago resurrects The Sutherland Jazz Club with the Chicago Blues Museum

The Sutherland Jazz Lounge will reopen its doors to the Chicago Blues Museum thanks to Open House Chicago 2014. 

New Bronzeville Development Opens on 47th & Cottage

The new Shops & Lofts Development shines on the corner of 47th annd Cottage Grove Avenue. 

SSA 56 Facade Program Off To A Good Start

SSA #56 is making strides in its economic development efforts.  With two facades completed within its first full year, the future is looking bright for small scale development on 47th Street.  

Bronzeville Coffee Shop, Sip And Savor, Aims To Be 'Staple Of Community'

BRONZEVILLE — South Side coffee lovers now have a new spot in Bronzeville to get their caffeine fix.

And although the name is new, the location may be familiar to those from the neighborhood.

Sip and Savor, 528 E. 43rd St., officially opened Saturday in the same building that was formerly home to the Bronzeville Coffee House, which shuttered in 2011.

Chicago Playpen brings Youthful Spin to 43rd Street

Chicago Playpen is honored to accept Alderman Will Burns' invitation to create the "Children's World of Activities" at the 43rd Street Festival on Saturday, September 13th! Chicago Playpen has lined up crafts, carnival activities, a petting zoo and more.

Calling all Artists, Craftsmen, and Prepared Food Vendors: Chicago Fire Festival

Dear Artists, Craftsmen, and Prepared Food Vendors:

What Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. And the Running of the Bulls is to Pamplona. That’s what the Great Chicago Fire Festival will become to the Windy City.

On October 4th, 2014 Redmoon Theater and the City of Chicago will create a new signature event for Chicago, created to unite its neighborhoods and show the world its strength. The Great Chicago Fire Festival will attract thousands of the city’s citizens and tourists and will express Chicago’s unique character and epic resurgence following the fire of 1871.

Do you want a chance to sell your goods at the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival on October 4th, 2014? Redmoon is looking for a broad range of artists and prepared food vendors that hail from all across Chicago to showcase at this epic event. Applications are due August 15th to Fatimah Asghar at More information can be found in both of the attached documents.


Maracas Restaurant Opens in Bronzeville

Raquel and Cory Parham open Maracas Restaurant in the Bronzeville Community. 

Mariano's to Open Store in Bronzeville-DNA Info Chicago

DNA Info Chicago's Ted Cox informs about a new Mariano's to open in Bronzville in an effort to eliminate food deserts on Chicago's South Side. Construction is scheduled to begin sometime next week.

47th Street Clean & Green

QCDC, CAPS, and both the 3rd and 4th Ward Aldermanic offices participated in Clean & Green on 47th Street from Cottage Grove Avenue to Michigan Avenue on Saturday, April 26th. Numerous businesses along the corridor participated. Simply Soups Salads, and Sandwiches, along with McDonald's and Abundance Bakery provided refreshments and CleanSlate provided additional tools and supplies.

South Side Eats: Unwrap the Fantastic Roti at Cafe Trinidad in Bronzeville

You never have to travel far to find some Caribbean food on the South Side. However, most options from the islands will be Jamaican. One of the exceptions is Cafe Trinidad, which recently moved into new digs on 47th Street in Bronzeville. They're the first and, to my knowledge, still the only restaurant in all of Chicagoland specializing in the food fromTrinidad and Tobago.   

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