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Updated 2 days ago

Peace Parks of North Lawndale plans!

We broke ground on the first Peace Park of North Lawndale. We plan for there to be 11 parks with green space, sculptures and murals honoring African American heroes, courtyards, pathways, peace sculptures, signage, information on African American heroes, trees, plants, bushes, flowers, and black history flags. Youth paint portraits of black heroes, adults create abstract monuments to honor African American heroes decided on by community elders, and everyone landscapes the parks.

The parks will represent beauty, nature, and African...

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We broke ground on the first Peace Park of North Lawndale. We plan for there to be 11 parks with green space, sculptures and murals honoring African American heroes, courtyards, pathways, peace sculptures, signage, information on African American heroes, trees, plants, bushes, flowers, and black history flags. Youth paint portraits of black heroes, adults create abstract monuments to honor African American heroes decided on by community elders, and everyone landscapes the parks.

The parks will represent beauty, nature, and African American heritage. They will be created by everyday people. When we put out a call to help- those who show up will be the people who create the park that day. The vacant lot at 2101 S. Spaulding took 2 days to clean up, remove trash, dig up weeds, cut down the ugly weeds and bushes, remove trunks, mow grass.

Two weeks later, we spent 2 days as we tilled the soil, removed more weeds, mowed grass again, dug up tree trunks, dug holes for the signage, mural legs. We removed some cement that was in the way of the pathway. Dug up where the winding pathway will be.

Now we are looking for volunteers to sign up to build benches, build the frame for the free standing mural to hold the portraits the youth painted, build the signs, paint the signs & benches. We are looking for people to lay the cement pathway and create the monument to African American heroes. The sculpture honoring black heroes will be made from cement and glass bottles picked up from neighborhood clean up days right here in North Lawndale!

If you would like to volunteer, please email Dianna@urbanartretreat.com Tell us of your availability & how to contact you. Or if no email, call and leave a clear message of your name, availability & how to contact you at 773-542-9126. We prefer email if possible.

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  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    When we put out a call to help create the Peace Park- those who show up will be the people who create the park that day. So, contact us so we can call you and/or show up when we put out the call! thanks, Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Golden Shoes Project needs used shoes!

We are collecting shoes for an art installation called Golden Shoes project. We will be painting them gold and displaying a pair for each life lost to violence in Chicago in 2014. We need men's, women's, kid's shoes for this project. 452 lives were lost to violence that year. If you've any shoes left after your garage sale, or laying around the house, would you be interested in donating them to our project? You can drop them off at our front gate or ring the bell. We are open Saturdays from 11-4. sincerely, Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

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Jul 13

Updated Jul 15

6 dead, 27 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

The 21-year-old was in a white car that was driving in the 2400 block of South Sawyer Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Monday when someone opened fire.

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• A 19-year-old man was shot and killed shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said.

He was identified Sunday evening as Pierre M. Dobyne, of the 3300 block of South Archer Avenue, according to the medical examiner's office. Preliminary information indicated the shooting may have been a drive-by.

• About two hours earlier Sunday, a 15-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were shot about 3:20 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Vernon Avenue in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.

• About the same time, a 21-year-old was shot in the 6900 block of King Drive in the same neighborhood. The man walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and told authorities he was shot by someone in a light blue car. Police said the man was being uncooperative.

• A 15-year-old boy was wounded about 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of West 40th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. He was shot in the foot and his condition was stabilizd at Mount Sinai Hospital.

• Someone shot a 17-year-old girl in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood about 10:10 p.m., according to police. The shooting happened in the 4000 block of West Potomac Avenue. She was standing with a small group when two shooters fired toward them, police said.

• A shooting in the Grand Crossing neighborhood left a 23-year-old man in serious condition after someone shot him in the face and shoulder, police said. The attack happened about 10:40 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of East 71st Street and the man was taken to Stroger Hospital.

• A 30-year-old man was grazed in the back and drove himself to Norwegian American Hospital  about 11:10 p.m. The man was wounded in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was listed in good condition, police said.

• A 24-year-old man was shot in the left thigh just after midnight early Monday morning in the 2400 block of North Luna Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood, police said.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Thank you to all the mothers, grandmothers and aunties who showed the rest of us in Chicago that it does take a village to make a difference and to keep our children safe. And you showed us how to do it.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Probably a degree of randomness in the whole thing.

Jul 14

Pennie Brinson has passed

Access Living & Bodies of Work present:
POETRY AND PROSE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PENNIE BRINSON
(1958- 2015)“Time and I don't get along well.... it stands there with one hand on its hip, pointing at its wristwatch with another hand, and reaching out at me with yet another hand!” From Me and Time, Pennie Holmes-Brinson
Clemolyn (Pennie) Brinson was a great person, a cat lover, an advocate for human rights, a creative artist, she volunteered at Urban Art Retreat...

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Access Living & Bodies of Work present:
POETRY AND PROSE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PENNIE BRINSON
(1958- 2015)“Time and I don't get along well.... it stands there with one hand on its hip, pointing at its wristwatch with another hand, and reaching out at me with yet another hand!” From Me and Time, Pennie Holmes-Brinson
Clemolyn (Pennie) Brinson was a great person, a cat lover, an advocate for human rights, a creative artist, she volunteered at Urban Art Retreat w/a very sensitive heart. Pennie followed her dream as a creative, & fought hard for her life. She was a survivor of Domestic Violence, loved coming to UAR,was terrific with the kids.Her art was in several shows here. She taught some workshops& benefited from the support of other artists. She excelled in many art forms. Her heart was in poetry/performance as well as drawing/collage. She was a great performer! I knew she had breast cancer but was shocked to hear of her passing. I encourage everyone to attend this event & honor Penny. She was a really good person! Friday, August 7, 2015; 6:30-8:00 pm.
Access Living, 4th Floor,115 West Chicago Ave., Pennie was born in Chicago, attended grade school& high school on Chicago's West Side. She was recipient of Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, freelanced as a journalist for Residents' Journal & North Lawndale Community News. Her work is also published in Garland Court Review& Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT). Brinson was a writer/performance artist. She was Access Living's 1st artist-in-residence (2008-2010). At Access Living she wrote, directed, produced& starred in a 45-minute stage production titled, “The Pennie Brinson Show” as well as facilitating a weekly writing group. Light snacks will be provided. ASL interpretation, audio description/personal assistants provided. Refrain from wearing scented products. questions?

Jul 09

Support North Lawndale art gallery & animals too!

ANIMAL LOVERS ANIMAL RIGHTS EVENT
You can attend the Fundraiser on July 11 (1-4) at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. CHICAGO, Illinois 60623
Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center for $5.00

or No Matter Where You Live- you can be supportive!
Have your fundraiser at home by using Paypal (sophiebella@sbcglobal.net), put you feet up, have an ice tea, & watch you favorite animal show on t.v. w/o even leaving the comfort of your home! We thank you for your support of animal protection!
The fundraiser benefits three organizations supporting animal protection- Urban Art Retreat, AnimaNaturalis, & Pets For Life- helping animal owners take better care of their pets!

Jul 06

Updated Jul 07

9 Killed, 53 Wounded In Holiday Weekend Shootings

About 6:25 p.m., Joseph Gutierrez was riding a bicycle in the 2700 block of South Karlov when a gunman ran up and shot him repeatedly in the upper body, authorities said.

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Amari, who lived in the 500 block of North Drake, was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said Sunday the bullet that fatally wounded 7-year-old Amari Brown on the Fourth of July was meant for his father. Both Amari and the 26-year-old woman were shot in the chest at 11:55 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Harding, police said.

Anthony Strong was shot in the right side of his chest about 4:55 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Harper, police said.

John Hunter, 25, and his 31-year-old brother Willie Hunter were sitting inside a Chevrolet SUV about 6:10 a.m. in the 8800 block of South Bishop, when another male walked up and opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The SUV — driven by the younger brother — sped away, but then crashed into a building in the 1600 block of West 89th, authorities said.

Jeremy Spivey, 23, and the two others were sitting inside a van in an alley near Sunnyside and Kimball about 2:30 a.m. when a male walked up and fired shots, authorities said.

Spivey, of the 4700 block of West Belmont, was shot multiple times and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m., authorities said.

The 26-year-old man was sitting in his car in the 7700 block of South South Shore Drive about 1 a.m. when someone walked up and fired shots into the car, police said.

The teen — identified by authorities as Vonzell Banks of the 4500 block of South Prairie — and a 19-year-old man were standing outside Hadiya Pendleton Park in the 4300 block of South King about 4:45 p.m., when a vehicle approached and someone inside opened fire, police said.

The two were walking in the alley in the 9100 block of South Ashland about 1:20 a.m. when someone in a passing white van opened fire, police said.

Grover Tate, 47, of the 1500 block of West 95th Street, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The man, identified as Jose Hernandez, was sitting on a porch at 12:05 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Justine when another male walked up and shot him in the back, authorities said.

Gutierrez, of the 6200 block of South Kenneth, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related.

The 19-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen at 10:06 p.m. in the 200 block of East Ohio, according to police and fire officials. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, fire officials said.

  • May God bless us all

  • The Mash Proud WRP member since 1969

    Advice to anyone knows the people that gave a thumbs down to God:
    Don't stand near them in a thunderstorm.

  • It was truly a sad holiday weekend in Chicago! And I agree The Mash "thumbs down"???

Jul 05

Updated Jul 07

3 killed, 27 wounded over eight hours in Chicago, including boy, 7

• A 34-year-old man lighting fireworks was shot in the arm about 12:40 a.m. Sunday in the 4200 block of West 24th Street in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he's expected to recover.

...a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood, police said. The man was walking in the 3000 block of South Trumbull Avenue when someone fired shots from a passing green van, police said. He was struck in...

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...grandmother's house for a July Fourth celebration, Hailey said. Someone opened fire in the 1100 block of North Harding Street about 11:55 p.m. Saturday, hitting the 7-year-old boy in the right...

Police officers blocked off the intersection of Harding Avenue and Thomas Street with yellow and red tape. The crime scene extended a half-block on Harding north of Thomas. Several neighbors gathered at each side of the scene, watching police officers.

...neighborhood on the South Side, police said, citing preliminary information. The shooting happened on the 7700 block of South South Shore Drive. The man was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said...

• About 4 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the 400 block of North Cicero Avenue in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 25-year-old was hit in the left leg and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition, police said.

...Two men on a South Side porch in the 5100 block of South Princeton Avenue in the Fuller Park neighborhood were shot about 3:55 a.m. Sunday, police said...

...were shot after an argument about 3:20 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Leclaire Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. A 24-year-old was shot in the right leg. Three...

• A 33-year-old woman was wounded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 11100 block of South Parnell Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition with a head wound.

...condition. Someone fired at him from a gangway, police said. The shooting happened in the 7000 block of South Artesian Avenue...

• Someone shot a 27-year-old man in the chest about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood. The man was taken to a hospital with a chest wound. One person is in custody, and a weapon was recovered.

• A 24-year-old man was shot about 1:55 a.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side. He walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a groin wound and was transferred in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center.

...neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The man was on a sidewalk in the 600 block of West 54th Street when a gunman walked up to him and fired shots, striking him in the chest...

• A 25-year-old man was shot about 1 a.m. Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was shot in the 3200 block of West 38th Street and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

...Two teens were shot about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Hudson Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side. A 16-year-old boy...

...An 18-year-old woman was shot a few minutes after midnight in the 9700 block of South Greenwood Avenue in the Cottage Grove Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side. She was shot by...

• About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the 4800 block of South Kilbourn Avenue in the Archer Heights neighborhood. on the Southwest Side He walked into a nearby firehouse and was taken to MacNeal Hospital in stable condition, police said. He suffered a forearm wound.

...his late teens, lay in a pool of blood outside a condominium building in the 200 block of East Ohio about 10 p.m., and a shell casing was found nearby. Police said the man...

...p.m. Saturday, according to police. The two, 20 and 24, were shot in the 9200 block of South Forest Avenue in the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side. Police parked in front of a...

  • DAS

    On 7/5 at 12:10am the 2 teens were shot in the 1400 block of N Cleveland Ave not 1400 block of N Hudson. Not sure why CPD would change the address.... About a 1/2 hour later the same morning there was a 15+ gunshot fight on Hudson. Shots fired almost every night the last month on Sedgwick, Hudson, Evergreen, Blackhawk, Goethe, Cleveland or Mohawk. Anyone know why the police camera at Hudson and Blackhawk was removed? Someone was shot in that area last week.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    spacemanspiff I understand your opinion that J Edgar Hoover was kind of creepy.

    Repressed, Right Wing homosexuals do sort of come off as a bit creepy.

    :-)

Jul 04

North Lawndale art gallery hosts fundraiser for Animal Lovers!

Animal Lovers Animal Rights event & art show on July 11 from 1-4 p.m. at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave, home of Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. Refreshments, art show, event, & support three organizations increasing awareness for animal protection by attending for $5.00 at the door. Support Urban Art Retreat, AnimaNaturalis, Pets For Life.
In addition, you can have a great plaque to decorate with your animal friend's name for $5.00.
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Animal Lovers Animal Rights event & art show on July 11 from 1-4 p.m. at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave, home of Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. Refreshments, art show, event, & support three organizations increasing awareness for animal protection by attending for $5.00 at the door. Support Urban Art Retreat, AnimaNaturalis, Pets For Life.
In addition, you can have a great plaque to decorate with your animal friend's name for $5.00.
Don't feel like leaving your house? Have a fundraiser at home for the cause! Send a check to Urban Art Retreat or use Paypal (sophiebella@sbcglobal.net) then put your feet up, drink some ice tea, and watch a favorite animal show on television! There, you have done your bit! www.urbanartretreat.com
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE YOU CAN PARTICIPATE in this International Fundraiser !

Jul 02

Updated Jul 03

1 dead, 7 wounded in Wednesday shootings

The 50-year-old man was killed and a 38-year-old man was injured in a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood Wednesday night. About 9:50 p.m., the two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 3600 block of West 16th Street when two males walked up and opened fire, police said.

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About 3:45 p.m., the 19-year-old was walking in the 4100 block of West Maypole when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

He was standing on the porch of a home in the 9200 block of South Justine about 3:30 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. He was struck in the forearm and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

He was driving in the 4700 block of West Van Buren about 1:30 a.m. when someone passing in a silver car fired a bullet that grazed his head, police said. He took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

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