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You Can Help South Shore Residents Clean Up 79th Street This Saturday

Residents and organizers are coordinating the cleanups to help draw more businesses and investment to the area.

Richard Steele (with shovel) and Russell Ermon clean plant debris at the South Shore 7th Ward Community Council's cleanup of 75th Street in August.
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SOUTH SHORE — Residents will hold a cleanup of the 79th Street commercial corridor Saturday as the 7th Ward Community Council continues its effort to attract businesses to South Shore’s vacant properties.

The cleanup begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at 79th Street and Paxton Avenue. Crews will pick up trash and cut grass along 79th from Paxton to South Shore Drive until 1 p.m.

Volunteers can email the organizers at for more information.

This weekend’s cleanup follows a similar effort last month, where the community council, Streets and Sanitation employees, Chicago Police officers and Ald. Greg Mitchell (7th) helped clear 75th Street of trash and debris.

Council members plan to continue cleanups until 75th and 79th streets are beautified from Jeffery Boulevard to the lakefront. They intend for their community-led effort to attract investment to South Shore while discouraging gentrification.

Nearly 60 percent of storefronts on 75th Street in South Shore are vacant, as are nearly half of the shops on 79th Street, according to the South Shore Corridor Study adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in May.

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