Community Focus

NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race Added Another Page To Our History

Before NASCAR’s Grant Park 165 took to the streets of Chicago, Bubba Wallace hosted his annual Bubba’s Block Party at Douglass (Anna and Frederick) Park, located at 1401 S. Sacramento, on the city’s West side.

My Gun’s Been Moved is Available For Pre-Orders

With My Gun’s Been Moved, Kayla Austin gets to combine two of her passions: Activism and Entrepreneurship. She has been able to create a product that includes social justice, technology, media and entrepreneurship. It has been a blessing for her to see business, entrepreneurship and technology as an opportunity to solve an issue that can save lives and prevent injury.


Growing up, Justin Shaifer had a natural fascination with planets and the aquarium. He remembers living in Chicago and going to the Museum of Science and Industry and the Shedd Aquarium.

Communities Aim To Serve More People At Highest Risk For Impact From Gun Violence

Communities who have been working violence intervention outlined their plans to increase the number of people they serve who are at the highest risk of shooting or being shot. Representatives from organizations in Austin, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park and Little Village joined a convening at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago as part of Scaling Community Violence Intervention for a Safer Chicago (SC2).

Art Project Features Portraits Of Students On Trash Bins

An art teacher in Austin created a project for students aimed at beautifying the community. Kayla Lashley is an art teacher at the Moving Everest Charter School. She, along with students from By The Hand Club For Kids in Moving Everest painted trash bins located down Laramie Avenue. The bins feature portraits of local students.

Bronzeville Community Microgrid To Provide Sustainable Energy To Residents

A sustainable solar project that will leverage smart grid technology with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for Bronzeville residents recently celebrated its completion.

United States Master Chess League Celebrates African American Chess Players

Inez Kelley founded the United States Master Chess League (USMCL) in honor of her brother, who passed away in 2019, he was a chess advocate. This is the first year USMCL has been a full-fledge league. It evolved from the Battle of the Masters, a competition between the top master level chess players in New York City in 2023.

Obama Foundation Continues To Engage The Community As the Obama Presidential Center Construction Presses On

The Obama Presidential Center is set to open in 2025-2026. Phase one of the opening will take place in Fall 2025, with Home Court, the Programs and Athletic Center. Phase two will be the big grand opening of the full campus in Spring 2026.

Advocate Trinity Hospital Opens Walk-In Clinic

Advocate Trinity has opened a new walk-in clinic to help serve community members with non-emergency symptoms. The clinic, which is located at 2301 E. 93rd St., suite 201, is one of the developments from a series of community meetings the hospital hosted between March and April.

Capital One To Continue Its Commitment To The Community

In February, Capital One announced plans to acquire Discover. Locally, community stakeholders had questions about what the acquisition would mean for the Discover Customer Care Center in Chatham. Recently, leaders from Capital One met with local elected officials and community stakeholders for listening sessions to hear concerns and answer questions they had about the acquisition.

City Colleges Of Chicago And Chicago State University Support Transfer Students with Admission Agreement

A new partnership between the City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago State University aims to remove the barriers students may experience when it comes to transferring from a two-year college to a four-year college. The partnership is offering students from City Colleges guaranteed admission to Chicago State University once they complete their Associate’s Degree.

Male Mogul Initiative Opens CO-LLAB

The Male Mogul Initiative recently celebrated the grand opening of its CO-LLAB Warehouse. The warehouse, which is located at 6055 S. Wentworth, will serve as a hub for creativity.

Art Exhibit Shows And Tells The Stories Of Widows

LaTrice “Elle” Davis believes that everyone has the ability to bounce back from life’s challenges. One of her most frequent social media hashtags is #obstacle2opportunity, because she believes that with every obstacle people face there is an opportunity to do something greater or support someone, even in the midst of those challenges.

Farm Provides Fresh Produce To Community

A five hundred square foot container farm in Altgeld Gardens is being used to teach young people entrepreneurship and bring fresh produce to the community. By The Hand Club for Kids, along with Freight to Plate and the Kenilworth Union Church, have launched Bowen Harvest in Altgeld Gardens. In March, the farm harvested its first crop.

Community Blood Center Opens In Beverly

The Community Blood Center has opened a location in Beverly, which is the first one in Chicago, to meet the needs of those local hospitals and those who want to donate blood. It is located at 9920 S. Western.