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Illinois Clears Major Hurdle for Obama Library in Chicago

One of the remaining obstacles to building Barack Obama's presidential library in his hometown of Chicago fell away when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday strengthening the city's legal ability to build the project on public park land.

Mell & Angie: Our Journey (2012-Present)

A national online magazine asked Mell and Angie to write a summary on our history or the journey of how we started our B&B in Chicago and led to our ranking of #3 by Trip Advisor vs 20 others in the business.

Bernita Johnson-Gabriel Discusses Obama Presidential Library's Economic Impact

The Obama presidential library could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for the Chicago community. Watch the video to hear Bernita Johnson-Gabriel talk about jobs, tourism, and the celebration of culture associated with the presidential library.

Reavis: The Little School That Could

But like a lot of runts, it had spunk. Once through the chain link fence and windowless doors, the place possessed an energy manifested by colorful artwork, curious students and energetic young teachers. Every school, like every block, gives off a certain vibe – an intangible message about its worth that isn’t related to discernible metrics. It’s something one feels, and Reavis, for whatever reason, always felt pretty good

Chicago’s Bronzeville Keeps Fighting for Revitalization

While a growing body of research suggests that the script isn’t quite that simple, the issue is clouded by the fact that, in most such cases, the residents being displaced are black and the newcomers are white, adding a racial element to the narrative.

For the last few years, those looking for an example avoiding that element of the narrative have pointed to Chicago’s Bronzeville — a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side where both longtime residents and gentrifiers are black.

Request for Proposals for Public Way Maintenance for SSA 56

SSA 56 is now accepting proposals for public way maintenance of SSA 56.  Please see the RFP.  

People To People hosted by Micah Materre featuring Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Executive Director of QCDC

People to People is a show that focuses on the African American community. The show, which airs biweekly on Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 a.m. on WGN-TV and on Sundays from 9:30 to 10 p.m. on CLTV, covers a wide range of topics including news, family, politics, education and entertainment.

South East Chicago Commission Announces the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for 2015

CHICAGO (January 23, 2015) - The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) and the University of Chicago are delighted to announce a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program.

Forever Yogurt Coming to Bronzeville's 35th Street

The South Side's first Forever Yogurt is coming to Bronzeville.

Honey 1 Barbecue is moving to Bronzeville and taking Chicago's barbecue heritage with it

Chicago has its own distinct barbecue heritage, shaped by the great migration from the Mississippi Delta to the north and by the proliferation of slaughterhouses in the mid-20th century. That heritage's days are numbered anywhere north of Cermak and (roughly) east of Austin.

Yassa Coming Spring 2015

Yassa African Restaurant is coming to Bronzeville!! 

Now Hiring: Motivated People in Chicago's South Lakefront

Jop openings 

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.


“There is a renaissance going on in this city as far as the black visual arts are concerned,” says Thomas, whose gallery is inside a new artists loft space on 47th street just off Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. “I think there’s nothing akin to this anywhere in the country. Nowhere else will you find five institutions or gallery spaces exhibiting [exclusively] African-American artists. Less than a mile away [from 47th street] you will find your art stars, Theaster Gates with his whole compound,Kerry James Marshall and a little further west you find Hebru Brantley. It’s incredible.”

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.

Why don't black Chicago neighborhoods gentrify?

Why don't black Chicago neighborhoods gentrify?

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. 

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