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Brown Sugar Bakery’s Owner Fought For Success — And Now She Owns Her Own Building

Seventeen years after opening Brown Sugar Bakery, owner Stephanie Hart has secured the keys to the building that is home to her bakery.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After 2 Burglaries In A Month, Afro Joe’s Coffee Shop Owner Stands Firm: ‘We’ll Be Fine, And We’ll Keep Going’

"We're not going to let any cowardly act push us out of our community," says Kendall Griffin, the owner of Afro Joe's Coffee & Tea in Auburn Gresham.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

City Plans Streetscapes For Englewood Corridor. Here’s How To Weigh In

The improvements are planned for parts of 63rd Street and Halsted Street, and Englewood Plaza could be renovated.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

In Auburn Gresham, A Community Debates What Should Come First: Affordable Housing Or Grocery Store?

“It’s not so straightforward that if you bring more residents, amenities will follow," a University of Illinois Chicago professor says.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Englewood Launching Its First Annual Music Festival Saturday: ‘This Is Our Time’

The all-day party kicks off Sept. 18 at 63rd and Halsted: "This is your chance to see how Englewood does it in true style, fashion and swag."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

New Chatham Discover Call Center To Host Back-To-School ‘Swag Bag’ Giveaway

More than 3,000 backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies will be available.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

As City Pushes Auburn Gresham Housing Complex, Some Neighbors Say They Want Violent Crime Addressed First

Ald. David Moore said increased density could make 79th Street more safe and more appealing to businesses — but some neighbors aren't convinced.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Grab A Free Backpack This Weekend At An Englewood Back-To-School Bash

500 free backpacks will be distributed to Englewood residents at a back-to-school bash Aug. 14.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

New Murals To Bring ‘A Sense Of Pride’ To Englewood By Celebrating Area’s Love, Resilience

From now until Aug. 27, Englewood residents can vote which two mural designs they'd like painted on the 58th and Racine viaduct.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After Burglary, Auburn Gresham Coffee Shop Has A Message: ‘We Are Not Going Anywhere’

Afro Joe's Coffee & Tea was burglarized early Wednesday morning. But with community support, the shop's owners rallied to keep business going as usual.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

A Chatham Pest Control Company — Led By A Black Woman — Is Ready To Create A Family Legacy

In four years, Robiar Smith grew R.B. Pest Solutions from just her and her dad to six trucks and a crew that works all over the city.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chance The Rapper To Host ‘Books & Breakfast,’ A Free Literacy Event This Summer

The free events are being held through September in Chatham, Garfield Park, West Englewood and Homan Square. Registration is required.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Controversial Affordable Housing Project In Auburn Gresham Will Be Redesigned — But Neighbors Still Want A Grocery Store Instead

Rather than building one affordable housing complex in Auburn Gresham, developers and city officials have proposed adding two.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

New Englewood Fresh Market Getting Parking Lot, Green Space

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network will use the lot for parking and, eventually, a space for pop-up vendors at their new community fresh market.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

For 40 Years, Soul Veg City Has Served Vegan Soul Food In Chatham. The Legacy Continues In Revamped Restaurant

The vegan soul food restaurant and second-generation family business reopened its doors in June after rebranding and remodeling.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Swatting Away More Flies Than Usual? Chicago Seeing Extra Buggy July After Heavy Rains

Heavy rains — paired with heat and an excess of trash — mean more bugs are out this month, experts say. Rats are running rampant, too.


With New Restaurants, A Bookstore And Beauty Salon, South Side Entrepreneurs Hope To Keep Local Dollars In The Neighborhoods

South Side entrepreneurs and nonprofits are bringing their dream communities to life thanks to a new round of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Pullman Historic District’s Arcade Park Hosts ‘Life Out Loud’ Storytelling Event Saturday Night

Pullman residents can enjoy a night of stories and popcorn on Saturday at the fourth annual Life Out Loud event. The event will take place between 8-10 p.m. at Arcade Park, 11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave.

Roseland, Pullman

Englewood Students Can Get Money For College Thanks To New Scholarships

The Samaiya Butler HBCU scholarship and the Neighbor Re-Up scholarship will award two graduating seniors $1,000 for their college education. The deadline to apply is July 30.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

A New South Side Food Pantry Is Fighting To End Hunger, One Shopping Cart At A Time

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network opened the IMAN Food and Wellness Center, 1216 W. 63rd St., thanks to a grant provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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