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5 Black Developers Turn 11 Vacant Lots into 30 New Homes on Chicago’s South Side


Happy Women’s History Month!

Chicago Southsider has been around since 2021, and we have just reached a major milestone. 

Our work has helped us land a spot in the Solutions Journalism Network Class of 2023 LEDE Fellowship.

We are excited to share our second solutions journalism piece: 

Five Black developers transform 11 Woodlawn vacant lots into 30 new homes. Will this reverse decades of disinvestment on Chicago’s South Side?

The ribbon cutting ceremony for phase II of the West Woodlawn Pointe development was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Elected officials, developers, funders, investors, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony. 

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Here’s what we have in store for today’s newsletter. 

Women’s History Month: Chicago’s First Major Street Named After a Black WomanBrunch: Grab your girls and register for the Power Her Women’s Conference!Beauty: Meet the Winners of the Miss Chicago Pageant

Now, let’s dive into all things Women’s History, Brunch, and Beauty for the week.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month. There will be generations that think it’s perfectly normal for a major street in downtown Chicago to be named after a Black Woman. Read more. 


The Power Her Conference is a weekend long celebration of black womanhood.

General Event Overview  

Date: March 10-12, 2023

Location: Hampton Inn by Hilton McCormick Place Chicago, 123 East Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Discounted all-inclusive tickets can be purchased in full or in installments using the link below. 


Miss Chicago 2023 Winners, Photo Credit: Hanna Poitras Photography

Meet the Women Who Were Crowned at the Miss Chicago Pageant:

Elise O’Connell Crowned Miss Chicago 2023 Madelyn Steurer Crowned Miss Cook County 2023Imani Muse Crowned Miss Windy City 2023 Annie Kamps Wins Miss Gold Coast 2023

Miss Chicago Outstanding Teen Competition; Image Credit: Instagram

Three teens were crowned at the 2023 Miss Chicago pageant held on January 7, 2023. They will compete in the Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen competition in June. 

Meet the Winners:

Sharron Kagan Crowned Miss Chicago’s Outstanding Teen 2023 Young Ballerina Alyssia Duda Wins Miss Windy City’s Outstanding TeenLily Troyan Crowned Miss Gold Coast Outstanding Teen

Miss Illinois USA pageant. The 2023 Miss Illinois and Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant will take place from May 26-28, 2023 at the Braden Auditorium of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Miss Illinois State Competion. The 2023 Miss Illinois competition will take place at the Marion Civic Center from June 6-10, 2023.

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