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Red Velvet Shop Local Education Event Helps Small Businesses Get In The Black!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local Red Velvet Extravagaza Shopping event, kicked off a pre-Black Friday, neighborhood sales event for local independent businesses, including the those in the Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Business Development Center's service area. Congratulations to all small busisness who participated. Good luck on a prosperous #ShopSmall Saturday, Novmeber 29th and 2014 holiday shopping season!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Starts Saturday!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Starts this Saturday, November 15th! A Red Velvet Shopping Extravaganza, Noon to 4pm, at DeLaSalle Institute 3434 S. Michigan. Come join key community partners support local businesses, as part of the "SHOP SOUTH" campaign. Free parking, shopping bucks, small donation for admission, over 15+ local independent businesses ready for you to come to Shop Local!

ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Veterans and Active Military Personnel

ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Veterans and Active Military Personnel.As we celebrate Veterans Day ComEd is reminding customers, including Veterans and active military personal, of its financial assistance and bill payment programs available to customers who have fallen behind on payments and need help with their electric bill. More than one million of the $10 million in assistance ComEd dedicated this year is still available for distribution.

Community Building New Beginnings for Veterans

On this rainy Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, as we honor veterans locally and across the nation, we also look forward to the completion of New Pisgah Church's construction project in Auburn Gresham. Tthe "Veterans New Beginnings Residence," is a nearly completed affordable housing building for veterans, located at 8140 S. Racine.

Auburn Gresham GOLD Celebrates Family Game Night!

Auburn Gresham GOLD (AG GOLD) held their first Family Game Night at Oliver Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th Street, Thursday evening October 30, 2014. A strong showing of Parents came out to be with their students and other families for a night of games, food and community fun.

Community Plan To "Reoccupy Buildings In 2015!"

On a brisk and snowy Halloween Day, representatives from the city of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) convened community-based organizations from the thirteen (13) participating communities for a Micro-Market Recovery Program (MMRP) community partner workshop.

Congratulations To Our Neighborhood Heroes!

Greetings! Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) held its Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Leadership Awards program, "NHS @ 40: Deep Roots, Still Growing" on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Bridgeport ArtCenter.

The event was attended by over 300 partners, volunteers, community leaders and neighborhood residents.  The evening's program showcased nine Neighborhood Heroes and celebrated NHS' accomplishments.

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Perform at Simeon High

The 19th annual "Opera in the Neighborhoods" tour will be at Simeon, 8141 S. Vincennes Ave., on Oct. 28 for two performances of "The Brothers Grimm. Third through sixth grades at nearby Westcott Elementary, 409 W. 80th St., will walk down the street to attend the performance. Auburn Gresham GOLD school students going for the "GOLD", with the Arts, the past four years!


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) a $1 milion grant to strengthen it's K-3rd grade literacy and family economic development two-generation strategy, Auburn Gresham GOLD (AG GOLD), in several Chicago Auburn Gresham elementary schools. To track the progress and impact of this innovative community, campus, and business partnership, follow us on Twitter using hastags #AGGOLD, #AuburnGreshamGOLD.

Fireside Chat Series: Conflict Resolution Informational

Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to any disagreement among them. This can happen in, workplace or home. Please attend this FIRESIDE CHAT on Conflict Resolution and learn how to spot it, get help, or help someone else. Small businesses, organizations, community stakeholders (ALL) are welcome!!  Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, Urban Partnership Bank (Second Floor) 7801 S. State Street, 2 pm – 4 pm. For more information and to RSVP your attendance, please call (773) 483-3696 or email

Join Us for 2014 Breakfast and Blues For Seniors!

Calling all Seniors! Join the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), for the 2014 bi-annual Breakfast and Blues For Seniors! The event will be held in the community room, at the Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S. Racine, Chicago 60620. All seniors are welcome for to attend this event for free food, fun and some fantastic blues. You MUST call the GAGDC office, at 773.483.3696 to RSVP and let us know you are coming!

The Affordable Care Act One Year Later

The Center for Community Health and Vitality and the University of Chicago Medicine presents, "The AThe Affordable Care Act, One Year Later." Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm, at the AKArana Community Service Center, 6220 S. Ingleside Ave. See details to register!

Join Us: Auburn Gresham Health Fair On The Block Sept. 25th!

The bi-annual Health Fair on the block will be held, Thursday, September 25th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, right on 79th Street between Racine and Loomis. Join us for free health screenings and to get lots of information on how to improve your health and stretngthen the health of our community. For more information, please call 773.358.6308. Free giveaways! Tell your friends, colleagues and neighbors to come join us.

9th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival Today!

We are counting down to the 9th Annual Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival!! A fews hours from now Auburn Gresham is having one the largest neighborhood festivals in the city! Join us on Saturday, September 6th, on 79th Racine, from 10:00am to 7:00pm., the festival is free but it is also one of the largest fundraiser's for the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), the host of this amazing community event. 

The "KING" Farley "JackMaster" Funk's Street House Party Will Close The 79th Street RenFest!

Rain or shine, see you on the 9', that's the 9th Annual Renaissance Festival in Auburn Gresham between 79th Racine and Loomis, September 6, 10:00am-7:00pm. The "KING" Farley "JackMaster" Funk, will close the festival with the largest street HOUSE PARTY of the summer! Come Party in Peace. See you on the 9!

Welcome Back Chicago Public School Students!

Welcome new and returning students back to your neighborhood school or school of choice Chicago Public School (CPS). Have a great school year!

Passport To Auburn Gresham Trolley Tour Gets Stamp of Approval

An old-fashioned Trolley Tour of the Auburn Gresham area was offered, August 30th, as part of the Pillars of Auburn Gresham red carpet celebration held last month. Two separate reserved-filled red Trolley tours, originated at the Greater Auburn Gresham Development office, located at 7901 S. Racine. It was a great morning filled with discussions on real estate, reviatlization, and a bit of rich history. Residents were delighted to get a passport program, to collect stamps throughout the morning.

Letter To Students: Back to School On September 2nd

Dear Students, Are you ready to get back to school? Classes begin on September 2, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the new year! Sincerely, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Congrats ComED and ChillCrew on 1st ICEBOX DERBY RACE!

Congratulations to ComED on the 1st annual ICEBOX DERBY Race. We are proud to be following a SMART Southwest STEM student in our community. What a great opportunity to #Empower young #STEM girls this summer.


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