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Holiday Events, Recipes, Grants, Scholarships, and More


Happy Saturday!

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. We want to thank you for supporting Chicago Southsider this year. We appreciate you!

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Plan Ahead

The Nutcracker. This will take place at Joffrey Ballet Chicago from December 3 – December 27, 2022. 

Chicago Auto Show. The 2023 Chicago Auto Show will take place at the McCormick Place from February 11-20th.  

Chicago Black Restaurant Week. The 2023 Chicago Black Restaurant Week will take place from February 12-26, 2023.  

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

Brunch: Chicago-inspired holiday recipes you can try at home. Beauty: Support Miss Illinois Monica Nia Jones on her journey to Miss America. Business: Start working on your grant, scholarship, and fellowship applications to unlock new opportunities in 2023.

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


Image source: Anna Andres/Moment Open via Getty Images.

Since November is World Vegan Month, we want to share our latest vegan article inspired by Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. We put together a list of Top Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipes for Vegans During the Holidays

If you want to visit some Top Black-owned Vegan restaurants on Chicago’s South Side, check out our list created by readers on the South Side of Chicago. 

Image Credit: Instagram (Monica Nia Jones of Chicago, Miss Illinois 2022) 

Monica Nia Jones of Chicago will compete in the Miss America pageant in December. Miss America is an annual scholarship and professional development program for women age 18-26

Monica is the first African American Miss Illinois crowned since 2002. Erika Harold, Miss Illinois 2002, went on to become Miss America. 

If Monica brings the Miss America crown back to Illinois, she will continue promoting her Social Impact, Music Uniting Souls in Communities throughout the country and serve as a role model to young women of all backgrounds.

You have a chance to help Monica become a finalist at the Miss America pageant by participating in America’s Choice Voting. Read more about Monica’s story and how you can support her on Chicago Southsider


Chicago Black Restaurant Week. Register your business to participate in the 2023 Chicago Black Restaurant Week by November 30. 

Grants. If you are recovering from all the yummy Thanksgiving food, you can sit back and apply for grants. Unlike loans, you typically don’t have to pay back grants. 

Forte MBA Prep Program. Are you interested in applying for an MBA Program in Fall 2023? If so, you should check out the 2023 Forte MBALaunch program. The program starts on February 7, 2023 with a mandatory webinar. Apply by December 4, 2022 to be considered for this opportunity. 

I participated in the 2014 Forte MBALaunch program. I shared the most valuable career lessons learned on Career Goddess Academy. Hint: Those career lessons can’t be found on my resume. 

Miss Chicago pageant. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming Miss America, you can apply to participate in the Miss Chicago competition taking place on January 7, 2023 at the Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago. 

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.

I will start sharing more news on my YouTube channel. Subscribe here to get the latest business, beauty, and brunch updates while I talk about building a stock portfolio that’s bigger than your shoe collection. 

Receive Financial Statement Training. If you plan to run or grow a business, you have to know your numbers. Financial statements let you know how your business is doing and what it will take to get your business to the next level. Without financial statement knowledge, you limit the opportunities that are available to you. I teach financial statement training for journalists, investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders. The next Masterclass will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Reserve your spot for the Financial Statement Masterclass

“You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.”

Debt-Free Before Graduation Challenge 

Take a picture with the Debt-Free Before Graduation book (available on Amazon). Why? You want to create a vision of what you seek to accomplish. Look at the picture as often as you can and do what it takes to achieve your goal. Send your picture to hello@chicagosouthsider.com and tag me on Instagram @charlenerhinehart. Use the hashtag #debtfreebeforegraduation. You have to make the vision so real that it has no choice but to become your reality. Write a book review on Amazon after you purchase Debt-Free Before Graduation and read it. It’s a quick read with six-figure tips! The challenge will take place from November 12th – December 27, 2023. Winners will receive a Business, Beauty, or Brunch Gift Card and be selected during a Facebook LIVE in December and announced in an upcoming newsletter.

If you win a scholarship, let us know so that we can share in our next Chicago Southsider newsletter. We would love to congratulate you and share the news! Email us at hello@chicagosouthsider.com. 

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