Who’s Bud Billiken, anyway?

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Jul 312017
 

August is nearly upon us, and that means the Bud Billiken Parade is right around the corner.  Have you heard of this annual event and wondered what it celebrates? Our friends at the Chicago Defender Charities made us aware of their annual gala, A Night in Bronzeville, which is coming up this Thursday, August 3.  The event raises funds for their scholarship program and will be held at the former home of the Chicago Defender […]

Education Update: Summary of community meetings #2 and #3 to discuss a high school proposal for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville

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Jul 132017
 
Education Update: Summary of community meetings #2 and #3 to discuss a high school proposal for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville

Parents and community members packed the gymnasium at the South Loop Elementary School’s main building (1212 S. Plymouth) on Tuesday, June 21 and the cafeteria and gymnasium at National Teachers Academy on Monday, July 10 to hear more information and provide feedback on the recently released proposal to repurpose NTA into a high school serving the Near South neighborhoods of the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville. If you missed our summary […]

June Neighbors’ Night Out Summary: Folks excited about employment, recreation opportunities at Related Midwest’s riverfront development

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Jul 112017
 

Over 50 neighbors attended the GSLA’s June Neighbors’ Night Out to meet representatives from Related Midwest, the developer who will lead the development of the undeveloped 62-acre tract that stretches along the east side of the Chicago River on the south side of Roosevelt Road. The event was held at Kroll’s South Loop. Curt Bailey, President of Related Midwest, shared excitement about the opportunity to bring a vibrant, high quality new development to the area […]

Schools & Education: The CPS admissions process, Part 2: High School

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Jun 252017
 
Schools & Education:  The CPS admissions process, Part 2: High School

Introduction: This post is the second in a two-part series that seeks to explain the types of school options available to students in CPS and how students can gain access to those options.  This post will explore the difference between the types of school programs that CPS offers, and how that relates to schools in and near the South Loop.  For the purposes of this post, high schools in Bronzeville are included because our current […]

Schools & Education: The CPS admissions process, Part 1: Kindergarten

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Jun 192017
 
Schools & Education: The CPS admissions process, Part 1: Kindergarten

Introduction: We received quite a few questions as a result of last week’s summary of the community meeting held by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to discuss the future of schools in our neighborhood, and a popular area of interest was the admission process, the difference between the types of school programs that CPS offers, and how that relates to the public elementary schools in the South Loop. This post is the first in a two-part […]