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News from past 90 days

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Shop Small Saturday!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Shop Small Saturday!

Perspectives Mentor Program Another Intergenerational Education Success

For several years, the Greater Auburn-Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, participates in the Pespectives Charter School (PCS) five-week internship program. This fall 2015, we were sent to young adult gems, to expose them to real world experiences, in the workforce. Bravo young ladies!

Poetry Group Brings Together Simeon H.S. and Cook Elementary Students

Thanks to a partnership between her Cook Elementary, and Simeon Career Academy, the youth are able to better express themselves and work on public speaking.

World War II Veterans Still Our Local Heroes

Jack Lyle, a local veteran, fought in WWII in Italy. In spite of all his life experiences, that came during and as a result of war, this is important to him. Even as important to him, is sailing. He and his wife Eunice, of 34 years, are longstanding proud Auburn Gresham residents.

From the community: Chicago Community Development Leader Joins Nonprofit IFF’s Management

Chicago community development leader Susana Vasquez joins IFF in a new position as vice president of strategic initiatives and resource development to direct strategy and raise funds for transforming Midwestern communities. Congratulations Susana! --- The GADC Staff

Living in a Transit-Oriented Development Should Be an Option for Everyone

In a Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) public dialogue, just days before city coucil's vote on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).Carlos Nelson, Executive Director of the Greater Auburn Gresham Community Development Corporation (link is external), talks about the importance of tying transit stops to the community, making them thriving centers of activity to attract people to neighboring small businesses.

Free Small Business Legal Clinic, 11/4, Presented by The Law Project!

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 4Th, 9:00am, at UPB, 7801 S. State,The Law Project and the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation are excited to invite you to a free "Legal Clinic," that can answer questions regarding your business entity. Attorneys will be available for "free one on one" consultations. Contact Nicole at to confirm your attendance or call GADC 773.723.3557. See you there!

GADC's Del-Marie Nelson Traveled to DC With Chicago Youth to Perform Her Poetry!

Congratulations to Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), Public Allies Chicago (PAC) member, Del Marie Nelson who travelled to Washington D.C., with a group of Chicago youth to perform her poetry at the White House! You rock Del-Marie! The GAGDC is really proud of you!

Westcott Elementary School Family Game Night, Two-Generations Going for the GOLD!

Annual Family Game Night at Westcott Elementary School, October 15, 2015 was another big success, for Auburn Gresham GOLD two-generation education initiative!

Your Voice Matters - Join A TASK FORCE TEAM At Our COMMUNITY Quality-of-Life Planning Meeting 10/29!

Your Voice Matters! Come Join a COMMUNITY TASK FORCE TEAM, to develop an updated plan to revitalize OUR neighborhood. Your Voice Matters Quality-of-Life Planning Rollout meeting on Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Simeon Career Academy, 8147 S. Vincennes Ave, Chicago, IL  60620.  Dinner will be served. Read more details!

Something to Read Into, Auburn Gresham Unveils It's First Little Free Library!

The first of many Little Free Libraries, was unveiled at Westcott Elementary School, in the Chicago southside inner city community of Auburn Gresham. The project was brought to Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Coporation (GADC), during 2015 national literacy month (September), by the United Way Neighborhood Network, (of which GADC is one of their latest cohorts), on behalf of Northern Trust community affairs.

Housing group gets grant to buy, rehab and sell more than 200 homes

NHS aims to buy and renovate more than 200 homes in targeted neighborhoods, then sell them to local residents at market rates. The group hopes to help 180 to 240 low- to moderate-income residents become homeowners during the next several years. NHS plans to raise an additional $3.4 million for the effort, topping out the initiative at $5 million. NHS is still deciding which neighborhoods it will focus on, officials said, but the Chicago communities of Belmont-Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Woodlawn, Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Brighton Park, Morgan Park and West Pullman have been targeted.

MacArthur Spins Off New Digital-Learning Nonprofit

The MacArthur foundation has spun off its work in digital media and education into a separate entity called Collective Shift, and provided the new nonprofit with $25 million in start-up cash.

Revolution Of Young Artists As Leaders (R.O.Y.A.L.)

When the whole world is silent, even one voice become POWERFUL. I raise up my VOICE, not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be HEARD.

Stanley Championship Cup Visits Leo High School

Stanley Championship Cup Visits Leo High School

Partners Posts: Depressed Adults Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Heide Klumpp (PhD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on depression. This study is testing to see what behavior and brain function can tell us about treatment success in depression using cognitive behavioral therapy, a standard psychotherapy treatment for mood disorders.  You will be compensated for your time ($15 per hour) and your parking will be paid.  If you would like to learn more about the study please contact 888-686-5591 or email 

Welcome Back Chicago Public School Students!

Welcome Back Auburn Gresham Gold Schools and all Chicago Public School Students! The first day of school can be scary. Children wonder about how everything will go—“Will my friends still like me?” “Will I fit in?” “Do I look good?” This is normal and usually goes away within a few days.

Executive Takes the Challenge at RenFest 2014

RenFest 2014, Carlos Nelson, Executive Director and MC of the 2014, 79th Street Renaissance Festival, meets his commitment and takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Mapping program pushes students to consider neighborhood's potential

University of Chicago field coordinator Priscilla Agbeo and her team of four high school student interns from the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, MAPSCorps program are finding the opportunity in vacancies.


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