Mar 24

Updated 2 hours ago

Chicago Advocate Article on Bronzeville

Good news neighbors!

A very positive March 2nd Chicago Advocate article titled, "In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam" is worth reading.

http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-advocate/2015/03/in-chicagos-bronzeville-a-new-wave-of-resurgence-is-picking-up-steam/

  • Sad to say that it no surprise

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

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Open for business!

Hello neighbors, this is our first post to EveryBlock and we are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant is finally open for business after a long remodeling period. Our sign should be up and visible soon but our doors are open weekdays from 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 8pm, and we close on Sundays.
Please drop in anytime to enjoy a healthy delicious made to order gluten free meal, check out some of our products, or just to look around and say hi!

  • Welcome! Looking forward to going to Chicago Fire Market. Thanks for posting. My husband and I are both gluten-intolerant (celiac/Crohn's), so we're always on the lookout for this type of restaurant. :-D

  • briane city work

    Do you deliver? What's your delivery area? Thanks!

Mar 10

Updated 28 hours ago

Chuy as Mayor - What Will the Mean to the 3rd and 4th Wards?

If you could put on your goggles and look into the future, what would Chuy as mayor mean for our neighborhoods and wards? I'm fully support wishful thinking too. But what do you think the difference will be with Chuy in office? How will his leadership impact the leadership of our aldermen? What will it mean for progress and commerce on the south side? Safe streets? Schools? Mental health clinics? Red light cameras? Empty lots? Subsided and low income housing?

What say you?

Jan 20

Updated 35 hours ago

Experienced Contractor or Handyman

Hello Neighbors,

I am searching for a handyman that could assist with a variety of tasks around the house, from floors, to paint, to drywall, and all things in between. Specifically, I'm looking for an experienced, preferably referred, handyman/contractor who is diligent and knowledgeable about condos and have done great work. If the work is great, I could recommend the individual to the association as we are also in search for a new building maintenance person.

Price is obviously a concern for everyone, so someone who's reasonable in rates would be greatly appreciated!!

  • GBresident Interested in fiscal, and social health issues.

    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P...

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    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P nearly 2 years ago to fix a doorbell/intercom system. After over a year and half they managed to get the door buzzer to work, but they were never able to fix the intercom, despite at least seven attempts. The contractor would come out, spend sometime on the job then leave the job incomplete, and say that he was or be back in couple of days because he needed a new part and would never show or call until I would call his boss a couple weeks or a couple months later. The contractor had done that several times 3 or 4 at least. 3P kept all of the money I gave them for parts and labor and never completed the job.

  • Denver Doing my part

    I too would not use 3P again. I used them 3x and decided you cannot keep giving them the benefit of the doubt.

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New Local Business in Bridgeport

Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram...

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Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram account @chicagofiremarket

Our doors are open weekdays from 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 8pm, and we close on Sundays.

We have posted this message in more than one location as I am not aware of an option that would allow me to post to multiple locations at the same time, so please bare with me if you have seen this message before.

Please drop in anytime to enjoy a healthy, fresh, delicious made to order gluten free meal, check out some of our products, or just to look around and say hi!

Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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Updated 3 days ago

Article: Emanuel takes page from Daley's playbook by rounding up support from black ministers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to the polls.”

In attendance at the political show was former Cook County Commissioner Charles Bowen, who served as Daley’s liaison to black ministers.

Standing next to Bowen at the community center across the street from Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 7901 South Chicago Ave., was former gang enforcer-turned-“urban translator” Wallace “Gator” Bradley, who has endorsed Emanuel.

Daley sold vacant city lots to black churches for $1 and used city grants to maintain loyal support from the African-American clergy.

During one infamous, pre-election endorsement session, the ministers prayed, “Give us this day our Daley bread.”

On Tuesday, the Rev. Albert Tyson III, presiding elder north district Chicago conference and pastor of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, used a similar mix between the biblical and political.

“We remember that the Scripture says, `Oh come, oh come, Emanuel,’” Tyson said.

The mayor was obviously pleased.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/466977/rahm-emanuel-black-clergy-endorsement-runoff-election

  • These ministers need to be more in the streets dealing with the youth than to be playing in the political punch bowl.

  • R4A

    Let the church say amen!

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Market info

Good morning everyone,
here is some more information about our gluten free market & restaurant:

we are a small family business located in Bridgeport at 623 W 31st street (60616) next to a daycare between Wallace and Lowe. Our sign is still not installed yet as we were having some issues with it, but we have a Grand opening banner in the window for the time being.

Regarding our website, it will also be up and running by next week...

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Good morning everyone,
here is some more information about our gluten free market & restaurant:

we are a small family business located in Bridgeport at 623 W 31st street (60616) next to a daycare between Wallace and Lowe. Our sign is still not installed yet as we were having some issues with it, but we have a Grand opening banner in the window for the time being.

Regarding our website, it will also be up and running by next week along with a Facebook page. I just recently made an Instagram account @chicagofiremarket so if you have Instagram please follow us there.

Also have some fliers and menus at the printers that will be done within the week (fingers crossed).

We will update you all soon with more info as it comes along.

Have a great weekend all!

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Cafe on the Grove?

Looks like Maracas is being replaced by a cafe. Anyone have any details?

4 days ago

Mar 24

Updated 5 days ago

Article: Garcia as mayor could be Rauner's worst nightmare

When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

He’s pushing ideas that labor groups say undermine the strength of their organizations — that includes bringing local right-to-work...

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When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

He’s pushing ideas that labor groups say undermine the strength of their organizations — that includes bringing local right-to-work zones to the state and ridding the so-called “fair-share” fees nonunion members pay to cover collective-bargaining costs.

“I think Rauner has a pathological hatred for organized labor,” says Charles N. Wheeler III, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Rauner has repeatedly said he doesn’t hate unions but wants to reverse the power that union “bosses” wield in Illinois.

Still, taken in that light, wouldn’t a Mayor Garcia be Rauner’s worst nightmare?

Garcia’s candidacy is backed primarily by labor groups — the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Health Care and SEIU State Council have made up the bulk of campaign contributors for his mayoral bid.

Rauner wants to expand privately run charter schools, while Garcia is dead against it.

  • Kristen L. Hyde Parker since 2nd grade

    Rick, although federal taxes are typically more progressive (higher income, higher taxes) most state taxes are actually regressive (higher income, lower taxes). Check out this article: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/robin-hood-in-reverse/384900/

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Depending on how you define progressive and regressive you can make various claims. Progressive federal income taxes usually refers to the higher rate of taxation incurred at higher income levels. You then defined regressive state & local taxes based on the % of income paid rather than the effective rate. I'm pretty sure everyone pays the same rate in Illinois whether you're talking about income or sales tax. There has been some talk recently about making the Illinois income tax progressive. That's not likely to help the employment picture.

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Mayoral term limits??

What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people...

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What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people voted it back to 2 consecutive terms. NYC is serious about their term limits. Rich jr served 20 years and it may be time for Chicago to move in the direction of term limits. I think Chicago is the last major city without term limits.

There are plus/minus to having term limits on mayors.

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Mar 16

Updated Mar 23

Marx Brothers Home

Interesting article, never knew the Marx brothers lived in Chicago let alone on the southside.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-marx-brothers-house/Content?oid=902338

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Amen!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging...

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    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging homegrown local entrepreneurship as the means to return Bronzeville to good health; he makes a distinction between “gentrification,” which he describes as a top-down process, and “revitalization,” which he says comes up from below. Yet he is also critical of both the city’s political elites and some of the large institutions located near Bronzeville for steering development away from the neighborhood.

    He offered as an example the building that houses the visitors center, the former Supreme Life Insurance Company headquarters at 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Home of the first and largest black-owned insurance company in the North, the building, a city historic landmark, is one of the linchpins of the city’s Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.

    “From the beginning, we had a hotel we projected to build for Bronzeville here in the Supreme Life building,” Lucas says. “We were told [by the city] that Bronzeville was not ready for an upscale hotel. But since then, two hotels were built with taxpayer money” close to Bronzeville.

    He was equally critical of the University of Chicago for its role in choosing the site for the future Obama presidential library. “Their decision to put it at Garfield [Boulevard] and King Drive” in Washington Park, he says, “flies in the face of community efforts to put it where it should have gone” — namely, on land near the lakefront in Bronzeville that had been the site of a large hospital. University officials have since been quoted in the press as saying that while it would prefer a site near its campus, the final decision rests with the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 23

Article: Fioretti, like Wilson, retracts election-eve promise to endorse Garcia

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities...

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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools.

Like millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, Fioretti told the Chicago Sun-Times on the eve of the Feb. 24 election that he would support “anybody but Rahm” if the mayor failed to win the 50 percent-plus-one-vote he needed to avoid Chicago’s first every mayoral runoff.

“If there is a run-off, I will support whoever the challenger is. We need a change. Chicago is headed in the wrong direction under this mayor,” Fioretti said on that day.

Like Wilson, Fioretti is now retracting that statement after behind-the-scenes negotiations with both candidates and holding open the possibility of endorsing Emanuel, a candidate he pummeled repeatedly during Round One.

Why the change?

“I’ve had very fruitful discussions with both candidates. There were certain things that were said during these meetings on how we deal with it and where we’re going. And I will see in the next few days,” Fioretti said Tuesday, prior to a City Council meeting to memorialize Ald. Joann Thompson (16th).

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/429036/fioretti-joins-wilson-retracting-election-eve-promise-endorse-garcia-runoff

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Breit,

    Could Chicago prove they didn't know what was happening? Being one of the largest financial and legal centers in the country may make it harder to be perceived a gullible. Are we dealing we a case of people understanding the risk and just making a bad guess and the recession got the best of them? Its probably worth a shot but the recoveries have been about 1%.

  • since the money isn't lost in these kind of deals- it lands on somebody's sticky desk and charges off again- someone says thank you to them who made it possible. As Fioretti said, Chicago is going in the wrong direction. Story on wbez this morning about the low low rate of homicide clearance in Chicago thanks to the twisted priorities of Emmanual's administration

    http://www.wbez.org/news/under-emanuel-more-unsolved-murders-fewer-detectives-111750

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Mar 07

Updated Mar 21

Oprah has Left Chicago

I note that Oprah Winfrey has now completely left Chicago, turning her filthy rich back on our City and the Black African American Community.

Oprah has closed her Harpo Chicago studios and now does not employ anyone in Chicago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/harpo-studios-closing_n_6795144.html

Oprah has gone completely LA/Hollywood, choosing to hang out with the Left coast media elite. Oprah now lives in a Zip code where there are virtually NO Black African Americans.

Oh, but she still claims to be a great champion...

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I note that Oprah Winfrey has now completely left Chicago, turning her filthy rich back on our City and the Black African American Community.

Oprah has closed her Harpo Chicago studios and now does not employ anyone in Chicago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/harpo-studios-closing_n_6795144.html

Oprah has gone completely LA/Hollywood, choosing to hang out with the Left coast media elite. Oprah now lives in a Zip code where there are virtually NO Black African Americans.

Oh, but she still claims to be a great champion of the Black African American masses... .she just chooses not to employ any Black African Americans.

Good bye Oprah, you will not be missed.

Bronzeville will continue to improve thanks to the hard work of good people who live and work here, who care about the neighborhood and our city.

  • Alan, if that's the best post you have ever read you need to get out more. Oprah made the West loop what it is today. That and about a million other good things that I can eloborate on if necesary when I have more energy.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I made positive comments about Magic Johnson investing in underserved Black African American communities, making honest profits by running successful movie theaters. I tried to compare and contrast the positive business actions of Magic Johnson as opposed to the negative, divest and hang out in LA and New York actions...

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    I made positive comments about Magic Johnson investing in underserved Black African American communities, making honest profits by running successful movie theaters. I tried to compare and contrast the positive business actions of Magic Johnson as opposed to the negative, divest and hang out in LA and New York actions of Oprah Winfrey.

    Unfortunately this week the Tribune reported that Magic Johnson gave over 200,000 to the election campaign of Mayor Rahm Emannual and Magic Johnson was apparently rewarded with an insider deal of over $100 million for one of his companies to do janitorial work in Chicago public schools.

    This isn't honest, investing in the urban community business - this is:

    Crony Capitalism.

    Something we might expect in a corrupt third world nation.

    I apologize for writing positively about Magic Johnson.

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Mar 13

Updated Mar 19

Article: Emanuel takes double-digit lead over Garcia: Tribune poll

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken the lead over Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the runoff race for mayor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

In fact, the mayor has taken a double-digit lead over his challenger, it said.

In the poll – conducted between Friday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 11, and released today – 51 percent of likely voters responded if the election was held today, they would vote for Emanuel. That’s compared to 37 percent, who said they...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken the lead over Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the runoff race for mayor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

In fact, the mayor has taken a double-digit lead over his challenger, it said.

In the poll – conducted between Friday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 11, and released today – 51 percent of likely voters responded if the election was held today, they would vote for Emanuel. That’s compared to 37 percent, who said they would vote for Garcia.

The runoff election is April 7.

The last poll, released Saturday by Ogden & Fry, had showed that first week of campaigning after the election did little to sway voters.

Emanuel’s numbers have climbed since then: That poll had put him at 43.5 percent of the vote. Meantime, Garcia’s support has remained steady at 38 percent, though he also nabbed the support this week of former opponent Willie Wilson and previous presidential candidate Howard Dean.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/437829/emanuel-takes-double-digit-lead-garcia-tribune-poll

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I think that if the Rosenwald and Strand landmark structures are restored authentically, they will become future economic empowerment anchors on thier respective commercial business corridors of Cottage Grove and the westend of 47th street in Bronzeville! :-)

  • Anyone who knows the Rosenwald plan knows that they are NOT being restored authentically unless by authentically you mean as low income apartments. The R4A put this case forward and it was totally ignored. The Rosenwald is a warehouse for low income on the corner of 47th and Michigan. That is a receipt for disaster. It's going to me anchor alright and not in a good way.

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Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

Maracas

When did Maracas close ??

  • Right after Valentine's Day :-(

    On their Facebook page, they mentioned revamping and finding a bigger space. So, hopefully they'll be back soon and still in the area.

  • Rome Napping in my Office

    WOW! I thought this place had some momentum. Of course when a restaurant closes and says "We'll be back" there's a pretty good chance you'll never see it again.

  • I didn't know what it was,until i seen it on groupon

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Mar 15

Updated Mar 18

Vote by mail!

Let's encourage voting - here's the vote by mail link. Hurry, time is winding down.
http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/absentee-application.html

  • thanks a lot

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I will not be voting early in this election runoff for the next Mayor of Chicago.

    The race is most interesting and competitive. I haven't yet made my choice between the two candidates, and which one I think will work most effectively to empower and enfranchise African-Americans in Chicago.

    Since...

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    I will not be voting early in this election runoff for the next Mayor of Chicago.

    The race is most interesting and competitive. I haven't yet made my choice between the two candidates, and which one I think will work most effectively to empower and enfranchise African-Americans in Chicago.

    Since African-Americans will be the deciding voting block in the April 7th, 2015 election, go Chuy & Rahm, tell us what your big campaign platform ideas are, in order to help break the cycle of poverty and build wealth in Chicago`s Black communities?

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Maybe the black community may want to show some responsibilty and stop the cycle of children born into poverty and increase parental responsibilty.

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