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50×50: AN EPIC CITY-WIDE THEATRICAL FLASH MOB! Check out Auburn Gresham This Summer!

Free Performances in All 50 Wards of Chicago In One Day. Come check out this youth written plan and help them spread social justice around their idea and spread the love in the community. 

Violence Recovery:  A Very Necessary Healing

After a traumatic experience, in addition to physical healing, there is a need for spiritual and emotional healing.

Auburn Gresham GOLD (AGGOLD) Camp Registration is Open!

School is almost out and it's almost that time again, Auburn Gresham GOLD Summer Camp time! Registration is open. Limited space available so sign up today!

AGGOLD Schools Weather the Storms to Mark the End of Successful After School Programs!

GAGDC's ducation and youth development staff prepared an fun and entertaining culiminating event to mark the end of the after school programming in the AGGOLD schools 2019. 


As one of the 35 organizations in Mayor Lightfoot’s environment transition Committee, ComEd has helped develop plans for Chicago to respond to the climate crisis by reducing air pollution from the electric and transportation sectors, making infrastructure more resilient to volatile weather and creating jobs and economic opportunities for all communities.

Spanish Coalition for Housing Team Honored for Outstanding Efforts in Education

Annual Mujeres Destacadas Awards Recognize Spanish Coalition for Housing for Their Successes and Dedication to Housing Education in Chicago's Communities.



Raising the rent: 5 Chicago neighborhoods that will cost you more in 2019

Apartment search website culled data to find which Chicago’s neighborhoods (based on inventory from Apartment Guide and have seen the highest one-bedroom rent increases between May 2018 and May 2019.

HFS Student Scholars Win Top Prize for Smart Pathways Prototype

Student Presentations Conclude Inaugural Year of ComEd HFS Scholars

STEM Program & Energy Academy

CHICAGO (June 4, 2019) – The inaugural year of the ComEd HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy concluded this weekend with student project presentations and an awards ceremony recognizing the top three teams. Students from across a variety of high performing schools around the city were awarded the top prize of $2,000 for their innovative technology concept, Smart Pathways. Smart Pathways was designed to light pathways in a more energy efficient way through motion sensors and light dimming capabilities. The Smart Pathways prototype also included safety features such as movement tracking through its light sensors.

Winning criteria for the student prototypes in the competition included the potential to deliver community benefits related to health, safety, sustainability, connectedness, mobility, efficiency and education.

Winning students, Austin Ayite, Kamron Brown, Bryce Choice and Chris Iwuoha were among the 50 freshman that participated in ComEd’s HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy, a four-year educational program connecting socioeconomically-disadvantaged high school students to STEM subjects, specifically related to the energy industry. Since its kickoff in December, students have been taking part in an immersive experience, learning the fundamentals of energy, smart city technologies and sustainability, in addition to developing smart grid prototypes with professional engineer mentors.

“While the partnership we’ve built with HFS Chicago Scholars offers its students the unique opportunity to learn about the exciting future of energy, it also grants us the opportunity to learn from these bright students,” said Shay Bahramira, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at Comed. “We look forward to building upon this partnership and to see these freshmen students grow over the course of their high school career, as they all achieved excellence over the past five months.”

Mia Cadichon, Dulce Chavez, Ashley Farinango, Dayanara Orellana, Luz Perez and Amanda Zavala won second place and were awarded $1,250. The team developed a Smart Charger designed to charge phones in a more energy efficient way, as well as reduce overheating and/or exploding phone batteries, by turning off the charger once the phone reaches 100% power.

Saul Garcia, Edgar Mijarez, Leslie Ortega, Israel Ramos and Edgar Valadez placed in third, receiving a prize of $750 for developing a Smart Carbon Dioxide Detector that was designed to improve air quality and emergency response times in regard to carbon dioxide emissions. The prototype included integrating sensors into existing technology to sense the amount of carbon dioxide in the air as well as assist in emergency response by rerouting GPS systems and working with traffic signals to route traffic away from dangerous areas.

“ComEd has been a fantastic partner for over 10 years,” said Mike Kennelly, Founder & Chairman of HFS Chicago Scholars. “They launched this program this year, and it’s been great for our freshmen scholars, learning scientific concepts from ComEd’s scientists and engineers, and how to apply them.  But more than anything, seeing them have a lot of fun along the way.”

Other student prototypes ranged from smart outlets helping reduce excess energy usage to smart canes helping the sight impaired to technology that would use precipitation as an energy source to generate electricity and a water source by filtering the water for home appliance usage.

The HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy is part of ComEd’s Community of the Future in Bronzeville, a collaborative effort of local residents and ComEd to use smart grid technologies to create a connected, green and resilient community and enhance people’s everyday lives.  Other Community of the Future pilots include a microgrid that enhances the security and resiliency of the electric system; an electric vehicle transportation service for seniors; a community energy storage pilot; off-grid renewable lighting structures; and sensor-based technologies that are being piloted with nearby Illinois Tech. The Community of the Future also features STEM education programs for Bronzeville and Chicago-area high school students, who are applying microprocessor technology to design solutions that address community needs and enhance quality of life.


Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



New initiative designed to promote city resources and community engagement opportunities across the city to ensure children, young adults and families stay safe and engaged this weekend

Wolverines were honored by the State of Illinois because of their academic excellence

Wolverines were honored by the State of Illinois because of their academic excellence!

Fresh Moves Mobile Market Coming Back to Auburn Gresham May 21st!

Fresh Moves Mobile Market Coming Back to Auburn Gresham every Tuesday afternoon, starting, May 21, 2019, 3:00p - 4:30p.

New leadership in the Mayor’s Office and departments to further administration’s top priorities in the first 100 days

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced several key staff who will serve in leadership positions in her administration.

Urban Prep 100% College Acceptance Celebration and Signing Day

The Urban Prep legacy continues: for the 10th consecutive year 100% of the seniors at Urban Prep – all African-American males and from mostly low-income families – have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.

Computer Literacy and Job Readiness Training Session III Sign Up Is Open!

"Basic Computer Literacy Job Readiness Training" at A Knock At Midnight 
Family Advocacy Center. The 2019 PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION begins May 1 - May 14th. Sign-up Now!

Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) Job Postings

The University of Illinois at Chicago –UI Health – Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood HealthPartnership –is seeking applications open positions take a look!


Remake Learning Days Chi is our region’s, first-ever hands-on, festival for the future of work and learning. It will take place May 16 -19, 2019.  

Lyte Solar Training Program

ComEd Solar Training Program is currently enrolling for its upcoming cycle of training in the Green Job Industry.

Mayor Emmanuel Bids Farewell to City Council & Spring LGBTE Workshop

The week of April 22nd, Mayor Emanuel presided over his final City Council meeting. The meeting was very productive.

17th Ward Youth Clean-Up Volunteer Project April 15th and 16th Join Us!

 It's time for Spring cleaning and young adults are gearing up again for the 17th Ward Youth Clean-Up Campaign. Find out how!

Be on the right side of history, VOTE for Chicago's Mayor April 2, 2019

Be on this side of Chicago's history, VOTE, April 2, 2019.

Join IMAN's Community Organizing Training

IMAN's organizing training focuses on fundamentals in community organizing and the role that power, self-interest and relationships play in making change.

Positive Friday Message on Inclusive Employment from Brenda...

"...New Orleans Business Alliance and the Aspen Skills Academy are working together to create new pathways to prosperity for the economically insecure residents in New Orleans."

Spanish Coalition for Housing Continues to Increase Access to CHA Services

As Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) completes its third year as part of Community Alliance, the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) Diversity Outreach Initiative, it continues to increase access to CHA programs and services for thousands of families in diverse communities through its hands-on workshops. Since Community Alliance launched in 2016, SCH has educated more than 3,800 individuals through these workshops, teaching attendees about affordable housing, senior housing, job seeking, Section 3 businesses, and more.

Furthermore, over 1,000 individuals have taken action from SCH’s outreach efforts, such as applying for senior housing, applying or updating housing assistance applications and creating Section 3 profiles in the CHA portal, which identifies low-income individuals who can benefit from HUD-financed employment and economic opportunities. To continue making a difference in Chicago’s diverse communities through this initiative, SCH plans to focus many of its marketing and outreach efforts towards increasing workshop attendance to educate and assist even more people in 2019.

“When we became a partner of the Community Alliance, we saw it as an opportunity to better connect individuals with cultural sensitivities and language barriers to CHA programs, as we offer bilingual, Spanish and English, services,” said Karla Valadez, CHA Project Coordinator, SCH. “We’ve clearly seen an increase in community participation of these programs since the program’s launch and gladly still offer these educational workshops in the communities.”

While the workshops are there for attendees to learn about available CHA programs, SCH also uses the sessions to learn about the residents within those communities. Within each session, SCH staff is able to personally meet with attendees to better learn about their specific needs and connect them to the valuable resources that they may need, such as financial education, foreclosure counseling or energy bill assistance. They understand that each individual is unique and treats every encounter with the attention it deserves.

“What I appreciate most about Spanish Coalition for Housing staff is that they really show they care. I am able to trust them,” said Israel Flores, SCH client. “I met Karla at one of the Senior Housing workshops, and since then she’s worked closely with me whenever I need help. She’s really gone the extra mile to help me understand everything when applying for disability and affordable housing. She even helped me download an app on my phone to help me keep track of my application status.”

Since the CHA opened its public housing and Project-Based Voucher waitlists this past December, SCH has consistently been assisting community members with registration. Understanding that applying for these waitlists can be a complicated process, SCH staff members invites anyone with questions or concerns to call, email or visit one of the three offices for dedicated assistance. (Main Office: 773-342-7575, 199 N. Pulaski Road; Pilsen Office: 312-850-2660, 1915 S. Blue Island; Southeast Office: 773-933-7575, 9010 S. Commercial).

Chicago Celebrates SWAN Day

Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day) is an annual international celebration of women’s arts and it was co-founded by Martha Richards of WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of FF2 Media in 2008. Twelve years later, SWAN Day is celebrated throughout the world, including Chicago. You can join the movemenet too by taking parts in any of these Chicago events:

Statera Arts:

EVENT: Virtual SWAN Day Party

DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019




EVENT: Unladylike: An Art Exhibition of Womanhood

DATE: March 31, 2019 from 1 PM – 4:30 PM


COST: $10 – $15

Come celebrate the closing of Women’s History Month with Unladylike: An Art Exhibition of Womanhood! What does unapologetic, carefree, unpoliced womanhood look like to you? This exhibition features 10+ Chicago artists answering that question with their artwork.

+ Observe women’s empowerment artwork from talented local artists

+ Enjoy live musical performances from an all-female lineup

+ Strike a pose and save your memories at our photobooth (with props!)

+ Snack on free light refreshments*

+ Enjoy (1) free wine ticket with entry (21+ ONLY)

VENUE: Firecat Projects, 2124 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647


EVENT: Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia) by Mina Samuels

DATE: April 2 – 7, 2019




EVENT: SWAN Day Chicago

DATE: April 6, 2019



Doors 5:30pm / Ends 9:30pm

Early Bird – $15

General Admission – $20

This is a 21+ event.

The SIXTH annual Swan Day Chicago will celebrate the dance performance expertise of Sobenna Worrill, Kenesha ‘MurdaMommy’, Christina Mighty, Starinah Dixon and Kia Smith. Indulge in an evening that uncovers the energy, grace, sensuality, spirituality and technicality that these women contribute to their respective genres of dance.

SWAN Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Rachel Gadson and Charne’ Graham have been curating SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Chicago events since 2014. We hope you can celebrate with us as we pay homage to the rich history of dance culture and how it strongly relates to powerful, black women!

Sounds will be by your favorite, DJ Gemini Jones.

Presented by and ILA, we’re committed to curating this annual event to assist in bringing more awareness to women in the arts in Chicago. This is also a charitable event, and a percentage of ticket sales will go toward South Chicago Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance arts organization on Chicago’s south side. In a city where arts programming for the youth is scarce and barely funded, SCDT makes a huge difference in sparking the creativity of Chicago’s youth.

VENUE: 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West Chicago, IL 60615


EVENT: sMOkeyTOWN with Andrea Prestinario


Thursday, Apr 11th: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Friday, Apr 12th: Beverly Arts Center

COST: Varies


EVENT: In Their Own Likeness and “In HER own Likeness” photos by Nancy Bechtol of Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick

DATE: April 13, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00pm




EVENT: Manifest Cabaret

DATE: April 15, 2019 from 7 PM – 10 PM


COST: $10

A cabaret to inspire change in the Chicago store-front community.


EVENT: ‘I AM…’ Fest: A celebration of Black Women in Arts and Leadership

DATES: April 27- 29th, 2019


Posted in Arts and Culture

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