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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.

* 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!



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