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7 Women Who Have Made an Impact on the South Side of Chicago

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Happy Women’s History Month!

Chicago Southsider has been around since 2021, and we have had the honor of recognizing over 100 women who have worked to create solutions to the challenges many people face on the South Side of Chicago.

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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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The city is selling vacant lots to revitalize neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. Will this spur economic development? 

Applications are now closed for the first round of vacant lot sales through the city’s latest program. Learn more about the program and get ready for the second round of vacant lots. 

Students Are Helping Each Other Heal From Violence 

At charter schools in Chicago, the Peace Warriors program teaches students how to mediate conflicts and support their peers to reduce violence.

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Women’s History Month: 7 Women Making a Difference in ChicagoBrunch: 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. Help us highlight women who are making a difference on the South Side of Chicago. Read more. 

Brunch 

14 Parish Burger

Check out this list of top Black-owned vegan restaurants on Chicago’s South Side. 

Beauty

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

Happy Birthday to Miss Chicago’s Outstanding Teen Sharron Kagan!

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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