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What do you love about your neighborhood?

Our people, our diversity, small businesses, artists, beautiful architecture and history of our neighborhood, affordable housing, and parks, beaches and close proximity to the Lake!

Favorite neighborhood restaurants

A & T Grill

Badou Senegalese Cuisine

Bar 63

Bulldog Ale House

Charmers Cafe

Clarke's Rogers Park

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

Fung's Chinese Mandarin Cuisine

Heartland Cafe

Howard Cafe

JB Alberto's

Leona's on Sheridan Road

Los Portales Mexican Restaurant

Luzzat Restaurant

Morse Gyros & Chicken

Nueva Italy Pizzeria

Pete's Grill

Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Pub 626

R Public House

Rogers Pier

Royal Coffee

Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine

Smack Dab Bakery

SP Kebab

The Growling Rabbit

Favorite neighborhood businesses

5 Star Auto

Alexander Dukor & Associates

Associated Bank

Cellstar Wireless

Centered Studios

Chicago Gold Gallery

Chuckies Chicago

Clark Devon Hardware

Devon Market

Evanston Quick Signs

Flatt's & sharpe Music Company

Funk Trunk Records

Gaia-Movement Living Earth Green World Action USA

Hampton Inn Loyola

Jarheads

Jarvis Coin Laundry

Jessica's Western Wear

Lang House Bed & Breakfast

Lifeline Theatre

Morse Fresh Market

Quest Network Services

Revive Cosignment

Roberts Cycle

Rogers Bark

Rogers Park Art Gallery

Rogers Park Fruit Market

Rogers Park Social

Ronnoco Coffee Company

Sign Brothers

Smart at the Start

Super 8 Chicago

Tanya Tailor

Taste Food & Wine

The Factory Theatre

The Fish Keg

The Glenwood

The Lighthouse Tavern

The New 400 Theater

Unan Imports

V-Tone Fitness

Wagner Accounting Services

Community interests

Worked on various independent projects in music, event planning and publishing before joining the Navy and completing the West-Pac Tour on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Upon returning to Chicago, I had a variety of jobs.

Eventually settled in the Rogers Park neighborhood where I quickly got involved in the renovation of the Adelphi Theater (1917 vaudeville/movie theater).

Notably during this time my positions with Chicago Special Events Management, Kate Smith Promotions and Quest Network Services were where I adopted a more sustainable approach in supporting clientele, projects and programs. In 2009, I formed my own for-profit company, Bill Morton Promotions.

During the beginning of the company, I still had to work hourly at Cook County Department of Elections (David Orr) and by commission-based pay in advertising at Gernhardt Publications (Gay Chicago Magazine), but eventually gained professional recording artist clients who were willing to pay me what my time and expertise is worth.

In 2009 I noticed that many good businesses were closing in my neighborhood of Rogers Park. I brought business and community leaders together to form the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. I was elected President for two terms. Since elected, the Chamber has located to it's current brick-and-mortar office located at 7101 N. Glenwood Avenue and has grown to over 100 members, operating businesses and leading organizations in our community.

President
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
April 2009 – Present

Small Business Owner
Bill Morton Promotions
December 2009 – Present

Manager / Technician
Quest Network Services
January 2001 – September 2014

Sales Associate
Gernhardt Publications Inc.
November 2010 – March 2011

Elections Clerk
Cook County Department of Elections
August 2010 – November 2010

Event Assistant
Chicago Special Events Management
April 2007 – October 2008

Elsewhere

#CanTheTax Coalition 2017

No Rogers Park Target Coatlition 2017

Willye B. White Park Advisory Council
April 2009 – 2014
Started at the Willye White Park Advisory Council as a volunteer. I was then elected as a member after 3 months. I served one term as Secretary and one term as Vice President of the Council. I was elected for one term as President in 2014.

Loyola Park Advisory Council
January 2012 - 2015
Planning and assistance for annual Artists of the Wall Festival
Assistance at annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and Black History Month events every February
Raised funds during Jazz Chicago event at field house to give children Park Program Scholarships

Alden Village North Advisory Council
April 2010 – April 2012 (2 years 1 month)
Advisor on Community Relations in Rogers Park
Representing the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, worked with heads of other organizations including Rogers Park Business Alliance, Rogers Park Community Council, Loyola University Community Relations, High Ridge YMCA, Chicago Special Olympics, Search Inc.

Lawndale Chamber of Commerce
January 2012 – February 2015 (3 years 2 months)
Advised on Writing of Mission and Vision Statements
Writing of By-laws / Filing Articles of Incorporation
Creative on Membership Services, Fundraising and Community Improvement Programs.

Leone Beach Park Advisory Council
November 2014 - Present
President of the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, The Council's Mission is to facilitate programs, fundraising for programs and facility/grounds improvements, increasing public safety/security and promoting Leone Beach Park.

"The commission is weighing whether to take the firm's license because of complaints that range from overcharging drivers and moving cars that are properly parked to invoicing improperly". https://www.facebook.com/groups/RogersParkNeighborhoodNews/permalink/1456717624404292/