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$1 Large Lots program to reopen in December 3rd
$1 Large Lots program to reopen in December
2018 November Small Business Monthly Workshop Calendar

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. 

Statement from Speaker Madigan Reaction Rahm Emanuel Service Ending

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Tuesday, regarding Rham Emanuel.

Local Businesses Show Signs of Supporting Safe Passage Program

This is a wonderful way for businesses, parents, and residents throughout the City to become involve in the community.

City of Chicago Senior Fest

Senior Fest at Millennium Park! Alderman David Moore will be providing courtesy roundtrip transportation to Senior Fest for the 17th Ward Seniors. Space is limited and 17th Ward Seniors will need to RSVP by calling 773-783-3672.

Chicago Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat

Check on a neighbor, city cooling centers available; Additional facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures may be available as conditions warrant. 

City of Chicago Construction Summit 2018

The Department of Procurement Services is hosting its 6th annual Construction Summit 2018. This is a great contract and networking opportunity for prime contractors, sub-contractors, and construction-related business owners.

What's killing CTA train ridership? Two four-letter words.

One of the bigger bets Mayor Rahm Emanuel has placed in his seven years in office has been on public transit.

Sensing the City

The City of Chicago is about to become the front-runner in the latest “smart cities” trend with its latest innovation: Array of Things. 

January 2018 Business Education Workshops

The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located in Room 805 and Room 1103 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL  60602. 

FPCC Permits Available for Purchase at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center

FPCC Permits Available for Purchase at Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Visitors can purchase picnic, event permits. Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Western Ave. & 87th St. Chicago, IL 60620


City of Chicago Refuse and Recycling Holiday Schedule

Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to the Monday, May 29 Memorial Day holiday.  All city-collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday through Friday next week. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.

FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall!

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection - City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.

HURRY, Auburn Gresham $1 Large Lot Purchase Program Ends May 15th!

If you own land in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, you can buy up two vacant lots from the City of Chicago for $1 a lot. Go to and follow the simple 3 Steps to apply! The lots must be on the same block as land you already own. Only one application will be accepted per property deed.

Chicago Resident Service Fairs

City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Invites ALL Chicago Residents to Attend the Chicago Resident Service Fairs. These free Resident Service Fairs will begin on Saturday, March 19th and run over the next two months in different locations throughout Chicago. These will be one-stop workshops where residents can speak with experts from different city agencies to learn more about the many services that are already available, as well as new initiatives that we are launching.

City Promotes Temporary Pop-up Passive Park and Local Jobs In Auburn Gresham

The City of Chicago's plans to develop a "temporary", commemorative walking park at 7901 South Halsted where the old Walgreens once sat.  It would exist only until the site is developed.

Treasurer Summers Kicks Off "77 Proud" with Resource Fair and Panel Discussion

On Friday, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers hosted the first "77 Proud" Financial Education Resource Fair, along with a panel discussion, to commence the initiative sponsored by City Treasurer Kurt Summers. January to March, resource fairs will take place across Chicago to raise awareness of financial education and the resources available. This fair is the first in the "77 Proud" initiative. To learn more, and see the calendar of upcoming events, visit

Mayor's Open Notes To The Community: Second Chance Program+

Program Offers Education, Training, Career Opportunities to Ex-Offenders and Others Who Face Barriers to Employment. The Mayor joined leaders from the CTA, the Chicago City Colleges and the community to announce a new partnership to expand the CTA’s Second Chance program. Read full story for more updates...

Small Business Improvement Fund Roll-out, July 29th

This month, City of Chicago has new SBIF district funding roll-outs to announce for Auburn Gresham. Please attend a forum to learn all about it. Make sure to RSVP your businesses' attendance to this important neighborhood revitalization funding tool. It is one avenue used to help improve the success of your business. Contact GADC at 773-483-3696 to confirm attendance, at the upcoming July 29th SBIF Forum.

2015 State of Black America Book for FREE until March 31!

Download the 2015 State of Black America for FREE until March 31! Download today at #SaveOurCities @NatUrbanLeague— Chicago Urban League (@ChiUrbanLeague) March 19, 2015

Google Gives $775K to Create Minority Entrepreneurs in Residence at 1871

"A minority entrepreneur will get one year at 1871 and $40,000 of seed capital thanks to a donation by Google to Code2040, a non-profit aimed at helping monitories who want to enter the tech field. ""The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program provides another important resource at 1871 to support underserved communities across Chicago,"" added 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman.



City of Chicago 2015 Roof and Porch Assistance Intake Process Starts 9/4!

Please note that the City of Chicago's Roof and Porch Program has been changed from its longstanding January 1st "call in" date to September 4, 2014, by calling 311.  Click on full story to download the flier and share.

CPS Attacks Excelling Clara Barton With Turnaround

Chicago Public Schools Board is arbitrarily clarifying Clara Barton Elementary School  for Turnaround status.  Usually the Turnaround process takes place after a school has been formally placed on probation and has a record of “no progress” in the deficit areas that placed the school on probation.  In the case of Clara Barton, they were not placed in this category nor were they ever on the Turnaround list. 

Neighboring Auburn Gresham high schools to be visited by 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

The Chicago World Summit Host Committee today announced that Nobel Peace Laureates will kick off the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates by visiting 17 Chicago public high schools on the morning of April 23, 2012.

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