After a lengthy battle between community leaders, aldermen and the powers that be in the vast framework of Chicago politics, a trauma center is finally a near-reality for the south side. Ground was broken Thursday morning on the site of the future center at the University of Chicago which will help victims in need of immediate assistance, like gunshot wounds and car accidents.
Speaking to those in attendance at the first step of the next chapter for the long-needed center which will reportedly provide some 1,000 jobs to the area, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had this to say, “We’re grateful to this university not only for what it does for its students, but what it will do for the entire South Side, both in the health care and in the economic development and the jobs that will come.”
Continue reading After Long Fight, Construction Begins On South Side Trauma Center
Chance the Rapper made headlines Friday (March 31) by announcing new plans to help support Chicago Public Schools. Calling a press conference for 2:30 p.m. at Paul Robeson High School on the city’s South side in Englewood, the Chicago native took another step forward in his fight to get the funding CPS deserves by teaming up with the Chicago Bulls to donate another $1 million to schools, alongside a new fund to support the arts in Chicago and added donations from his end. Continue reading Chance the Rapper Creates New Arts Fund for Chicago Public Schools
And so it is. After a long and well-documented battle against current landlords, the owners of the Double Door were finally served an eviction notice, delivered by the sheriff who subsequently had the locks changed. So ends a chapter in the history of Wicker Park, once a bastion for local artistry, now simply a continuation of the nearby Loop that seems to be creeping increasingly upward along Milwaukee Ave. Continue reading Double Door Closes, Signifying End Of Wicker Park As We Knew It
In 2017, the City of Chicago has found itself in need of heroes. With skyrocketing shootings, rising socioeconomic disparities and a city teetering on the edge of bankruptcy where fraud runs rampant, the city is desperate for someone to show us a way forward. Lately, 23-year-old Chancelor Bennett has emerged as the catalyst for what’s next by championing individual rights, helping organize communities from the ground up and, just this week, putting $1 million dollars of his own money towards closing the massive funding gap within the Chicago Public Schools. So, it seemed odd then to pick up the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper I first wrote about Chance The Rapper for, to see a story by Mary Mitchell essentially belittling the Grammy winner’s contributions by pointing to problems he allegedly had with the mother of his child. That the story, which is wrought with reporting holes and an honest understanding of the situation, ran on the front page is an affront to not only what Chance is doing, but where many of those living here would like to see the city go. Continue reading In Response • Chicago Sun-Times Embarrasses Itself, Further Alienates Young Readers With Irresponsible Chance The Rapper Cover Story
The city’s hip-hop scene lost a longtime venue over the weekend as The Shrine, who had announced it’s impending end last week was forced into early retirement over the weekend after an argument at the club spilled onto the street where two concert-goers were shot. Continue reading Chicago Loses Another Venue as ‘The Shrine’ Closes Following Shooting
It appears as though the end is near for one of the city’s most talked-about groups as Hurt Everybody took to Twitter and Instagram Monday night to announce that they would no longer work together as a band after the release of Potion[s], their collaborative project with Mick Jenkins which is due out soon. Continue reading Hurt Everybody Announces Break Up Via Social Media