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Haji Healing Salon Offers Wellness Services in Black Community

A South Side entrepreneur believes one of the best ways to positively impact the black community is to offer social wellness services at an affordable cost. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, LeeAnn Trotter takes us to the Haji Healing Salon.


Congressman asks Target to delay closing South Side stores

An Illinois Congressman is calling on Target to delay the closures of two stores on the South Side. Representative Bobby Rush says the company is abandoning the area by moving to shut down locations in Chatham and Morgan Park. The closures are set for February, shortly after the holiday shopping season.


Cook County House Price Index: Second Quarter 2018

This update of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) Cook County House Price Index highlights changing prices for single-family homes through the second quarter of 2018 in 16 City of Chicago submarkets and 17 submarkets primarily in suburban Cook County. A detailed discussion of the Index is below. To view a full page interactive graph with a map and data for all submarkets go here. Underlying price index data can be found here.


Why Some Chicago Neighborhoods Are Losing Their Children

Since 2010, the number of children in Chicago declined by 40,000. Chicago ranks near the top of cities in the nation for child population declines, right behind Cleveland and Detroit. As our research shows, the losses are coming exclusively from low- and moderate-cost neighborhoods. Higher-cost Chicago neighborhoods, in contrast, saw the number of children increase. The trends are visualized by age group and market type in Figures 1 and 2 below as well as by community area in the map at the bottom of this page.


Understanding Household Income Shifts in Chicago Neighborhoods

It’s no wonder that Chicago’s population decline has been the subject of quite a few recent news stories. Since 2013, Chicago has been alone among the top US cities to record annual population declines – and the slight increase in population since 2010 is still the weakest growth recorded among peer cities by a mile. Population changes are important for a number of reasons including the distribution of federal dollars, school enrollment, and the health of labor markets.


Community Development and Policy Studies News

This monthly e-newsletter from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Community Development and Policy Studies division will keep you up to date on the latest community development research, publications, and events.


ART INSTALLATION IN BROWN MEMORIAL PARK HONORS FIRST RESPONDERS

A temporary art installation, We Honor You, was recently on display in Brown Memorial Park to honor 200 first responders who live or serve in the Greater Chatham community. We Honor You was a collaborative effort between the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI), the Greater Chatham Alliance, and the Brown Memorial…


West Chatham Park Set to Receive Multi-purpose Facility

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool and Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. recently held a press conference and broke ground on a new regulation artificial turf football, soccer field and a baseball…


5 Things to Do on Chicago’s South Side

Jahmal Cole is on a mission to change the conversation about the South Side of Chicago. He runs an organization called My Block My Hood My City that is focused on introducing teenagers from the South Side to the many other cultural elements the city has to offer. “Their whole worldview is shaped by the infrastructure of…


Chicago’s First Tiny Homes Could House Veterans in Auburn Gresham

The first permanent tiny homes in Chicago could be built in Auburn Gresham as part of an effort by Catholic Charities to get homeless veterans off the street. Part of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities unveiled plans during a hearing Tuesday at City Hall designed to explore whether the hot home design trend could…


Teens Are Spending Their Summer Making Block Club Signs For Chicago Streets

Milik Clay has been meeting with clients and designing and building signs for block clubs in Englewood and Chatham. The 15-year-old is a part of a six-week summer program at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. taught by instructors from the University of Chicago. Milik and his class have been commissioned by block club presidents to design and…