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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.

* Ride With Us * Auburn Gresham Trolley Tour * 8/30 *

Join us for the Auburn Gresham Trolley Tour, August 30th, registration begins at 9:30am, 7901 S. Racine. Free Breakfast. Come learn about Auburn Gresham History. Real Estate. Opportunities. Free to the public. It will be a fun and educational morning! RSVP with Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) Office 773.483.3696, still time to reserve your spot!

Making a Splash: Perspectives Middle Academy’s Water Challenge

Though Perspectives Middle Academy (PMA) encourages its scholars to live healthy lifestyles by providing fresh healthy lunches and enacting a no soda machine policy, many of our scholars still struggle with obesity. 

79th Street Renaissance Festival *Donate Online Campaign*

While some summer festivals around the city are for-profit, many are the largest fundraisers of the year for nonprofit organization's like the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation! Still accepting all sponsorship levels, call 773.483.3696 or join our online campaign. $5 donation recommended. See you on Sept. 6th at the 9th Annual RenFest, 7901 S. Racine to Loomis.

Chicago Children’s Museum Donates Tickets to the 2014 79th Street Renaissance Festival!

The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) is pleased to announce that Chicago Children’s Museum will be supporting the 9th Annual Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival, with free family tickets!

Storycatchers Theatre Presents Street Life Stories

In effort to turn their lives around, several young men and women joined Storycatchers Theatre, for a 16-week program to create a play, "Struggling In These Streets."  A read aloud of the progress to date was held during July. Look to their upcoming final performance, to be held in September in Auburn Gresham. You won't want to miss Act. One!

Communities and Police Celebrate "National Night Out" Against Crime

MAYOR EMANUEL, POLICE AND COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE 30TH ANNUAL “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” AGAINST CRIME. Events Planned in Every Police District to Build Relationships, Strengthen Communities. Celebrate at an event near you: 3rd (Grand Crossing) District: Meyering Park, 7140 S. King Dr. from 5-7 pm. Events include a safety equipment giveaway and other informational resources;  6th (Gresham) District: March for Peace. From 1210 W. 78th Street, step-off at 5:30, march to 6th District Police Sation, 7808 S. Halsted, where events and activities take place from 6-8:00 pm;  7th (Englewood) District: Hamilton Park, 7200 S. Normal from 11am to Sundown. Events include food, fun and festivities. Come show your neighborhood spirit!


Red Carpet Premiere Of The Pillars Of Auburn Gresham

The community came out to see and support Landmarks Illinois and Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Chicago, premiere of, "The Pillars Of Auburn Gresham." It was standing room only for the historic viewing.

Walmart Breaks More Ground In Southside Communmities

"It’s been a long time coming," residents expressed at the new Walmart groundbreaking. Even still, the crowd of neighbors looking on were excited to see the shovels go in the dirt. It was the first real sign of Walmart's newest store finally coming!

Yes It's July and A Christmas In Englewood Celebration
The sounds of good gospel music filled the Englewood air at Ogden Park, for the 18th Annual Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival, on Saturday, July 19. 2014. The gospel fest is organized by Christmas in Englewood NFP. Food, fun and good-spirited music.  17th Ward Alderman Latasha Thomas and the organizing committee thanked the many residents and performers that came out to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather and music, and certainly looking forward to next year's festival.
SSA #32 July 17, 2014, Business Workshop Recap

On July 17, 2014, the Greater Auburn- Gresham Development Corporation’s Special Service Area (SSA) #32 held a Business Workshop, for the Auburn-Gresham business community, at Urban Partnership Bank, in the REDLine CTC and Business Center. The workshop topics included "How to Market your business on the Internet" and "How to Obtain Grants for Building Improvements (Improve Your Facade)!" For information on future workshops, contact CHERYL JOHNSON or MATT MADSEN at (773) 723-3557 or visit 7903 S. Racine, Chicago, 60620.

The Southside Neighborhood Gospel Fest

The Southside Neighborhood Gospel Fest, on July 19, 2014, from 11am to 7pm, at Ogden Park located 6500 South Racine. Live music, local gospel greats, food trucks, fun & fellowship and much more. Open to the public!!!

African-American Small Business Expo is Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center

The City of Chicago SmallBusiness Center presents African-AmericanSmallBusiness Expo with keynote speaker, Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing and former White House Social Secretary for President Barack Obama. The free expo will take place on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago.

Premiere of "The PIllars of Auburn Gresham" Movie

Please join Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and Landmarks Illinois for a premeier showing the film "The Pillars of Auburn Gresham." The event will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at 700 W. 79th, in the Grand Ballroom of the Salaam Restaurant, 2nd Floor. This event is free and open to the community. We ask that you PLEASE RSVP, by July 17th, NHS Chicago, 773-488-2004.

GADC Applies For ISBE 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for FY2015

Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) plans to respond to a "Request for Proposals" from Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

21st Century Letter of Intent to Apply

21st Century Letter of intent to apply: On behalf of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation please except this correspondence as official letter of intent to apply for FY 2015 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ grant funds. Requested information is provided below.

Computer Classes for Seniors Throughout July

Are you a senior and want to learn to use your computer? Take the Senior Basics class on July 14th or 21st and Senior Email & Social Media Basics on July 17th or 28th, at the RedLine Computer Technology Center, 7801 S. State Street, Urban Partnership Bank Building 2nd Floor. Call 773.483.3696 to hold your spot!



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