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DNAInfo *** September 2017 *** Burglars Hit String Of Businesses In Gresham by Andrea Watson

UBURN GRESHAM — Police are warning business owners in the Gresham District to be on alert after several recent burglaries. In these incidents one person either broke the front window or forced open the front/back door of the businesses.
The incidents occurred: • At 7:47 a.m. Aug. 14 in the 7900 block of South Vincennes Avenue
• At 3:58 a.m. Aug. 20 in the 1800 block of West 79th Street
• At 9:15 p.m. Aug. 26 in the 8100 block of South Ashland Avenue
• At 9:39 p.m. Aug. 26 in the 7800 block of South Ashland Avenue
• At 2:38 a.m. Aug. 27 in the 7600 block of South Ashland Avenue

Not all media attention is good attention, however, it can spark good actions in the business community.As a result of this unexplained series of burlaries, the 006th District CAPS Business Subcommitttee planned speakers at the next two upcoming meetings/events to address CPD processes for 911 and 311. We also reached out to the local detective units for updates on business and community safety measures. Each meeting had over 30 business owenrs and residents and a wealth of information was shared to counteract this disturbing news.

Southside Weekly *** October 2017 *** Three Chef’s Restaurant *** Best Gumbo ***  By Ian Grant-Funck

Across Auburn Gresham, the arguments over what the best dish to order at Three Chefs rage daily in a battle royale for gastronomic supremacy—stuffed catfish supporters are up in arms against veggie skillet lovers. Some like the soul food, others the omelets, still others pledge fealty to the pastas, or the fresh fish, or even the peach cobbler pancakes.

But the most powerful group is the gumbo fans. Cooked fresh every time—not served out of a big pot in the back—this seafood and chicken sausage treat is known far and wide as the best gumbo in Chicago. I must have received four different recommendations for it before I came to Three Chefs for the first time, and I confess I’m on team gumbo.

In the newly restored building, Three Chefs (which has just one chef—its owner, Wallace Effort) supplies the hordes with sustenance. This sacred duty is “all about the community,” Effort said. “Bringing a full-service restaurant, bringing flavor and balance, it’s my dream.” Because Three Chefs is the only cook-to-order restaurant in the area, it’s the only place for people with dietary restrictions—Effort can adapt to Celiac disease or a shellfish allergy in ways other local restaurants can’t. “We give options,” he said. “We are catering to the people.”

A highly trained chef with twenty years of experience, Effort loves serving extravagant French cuisine as chef’s specials: “You gotta step out of the box a little bit.” He also brings that level of invention to classic Cajun, American, and breakfast dishes; his formal training shows in the flavor packed into the more “standard” diner fare on the menu. “I believe the plate is a canvas. I make art for your tummy,” he said with a deep, warm, laugh.

Effort is looking for a larger location to expand into in the next couple years so he can grow his business and offer cooking classes to local youth. “The kitchen saved me,” he said. “I know what it’s like to be lost.” Nowadays, though he’s busy, he stays civically engaged: “I donate food, chicken, and potatoes for the alderman when there’s an event, whatever the community needs.” However, no matter how much I pressed him, he wouldn’t tell me his favorite item on the menu—probably to keep it peaceful between him and his most fervent patrons. (Ian Grant-Funck)

Three Chefs, 8125 S. Halsted Ave. Tuesday–Sunday, 7am–3pm. (773) 483-8111.