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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.   

Chicago Unveils New Small Business Push

The Emanuel administration today announced a new program intended to increase the number of contracts that neighborhood businesses win from Chicago's largest employers.

The University of Chicago Launches UChicago Local

The University of Chicago today announced the launch of UChicago Local, an initiative designed to support local businesses on the mid-South Side, providing the training and connections to help them work with the University and the University of Chicago Medicine. 

DCASE Seeks Proposals from Qualified Food Service Companies

DCASE Seeks Proposals from Qualified Firms

Office of City Clerk Summer Internship Program


Family Literacy Night

QCDC OST Program hosts Family Literacy Night at Reavis

Health & Wellness Field Trip

Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy (Lisle, IL)

Q: How Do You Make Chicago Stronger? A: Invest in Chicago Neighborhoods

Warning that Chicago risks becoming a “tale of two cities” if its neighborhoods deteriorate as downtown thrives, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday gave a full-throated endorsement to LISC Chicago’s Campaign for Stronger Neighborhoods, an ambitious effort to raise $40 million to support community rebuilding programs and initiatives.

Adopt A Station Project Now Underway

Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC), in partnership with Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Bronzeville Green (a subsidiary of The Renaissance Collaborative-TRC) and with support from Alderman Pat Dowell, broke ground on a garden to be located at the 47th Street Green Line Station, supporting the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Adopt-A-Station Program. 

QCDC has also commissioned Bronzeville artist, Paul Branton, to install a mural on a building adjacent to the garden.  The theme of the mural is “Pride, Diversity and Dignity” and will speak to the past and present through images of African masks as well as images of historic and present day Bronzeville.

The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority/Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Prioritizing Culture: Bronzeville’s Approach to Commercial Development

Bronzeville, on Chicago's mid-south side, holds a special place in the city's history. Over the past year, efforts to rekindle some of its grandeur have resulted in an array of exciting projects and programming. Through restoring old murals to Bronzeville Nights to events celebrating the neighborhood’s heritage, both groups and individuals are transforming Bronzeville into a lively, vibrant destination.

2013 Think Green Project



QCDC celebrates 10th anniversary.

QCDC Celebrates 10 Years Of Community Development

Shops and Lofts at 47 to anchor Bronzeville retail

“For some, the number seven symbolizes luck; others associate it with the fulfillment of a prophecy,” reflected former 4th Ward Alderman and current Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) Chair Shirley Newsome, to a packed crowd on April 2, as they celebrated the groundbreaking of The Shops and Lofts at 47. Seven years in the making, it could be argued that this anchor mixed-use building at the corner of 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue is much more the result of the latter than the former—plus just plain old hard work and perseverance. But Newsome summed up the true feeling of the day when she said, “The most relevant meaning of the number seven in this case is rebirth.” This is what the project is all about: giving new life to the Bronzeville community and helping transform Cottage Grove Avenue and 47th Street into vibrant corridors for retail and housing.

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