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Museum of Science & Industry Chicago Announces 10+ Illinois Free Days

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Looking to enjoy one of several scientific exhibits this new year? The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago released its schedule for free museum entry days for Illinois residents, through June 2024. From Monday, January 22nd, you and your family have the opportunity to explore the museum's thrilling Giant Dome Theater and the variety of exhibits and events during...

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Announces 30+ Free Admission Days in 2024

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Looking to kick off 2024 with a splash? The Shedd Aquarium has unveiled its schedule for free admission days through June 2024. Starting Tuesday, January 9, you and your family have the opportunity to delve into the marvels of aquatic life and explore a variety of marine ecosystems during the Shedd Aquarium's free admission days. Illinois residents can grab their...

Debt-Free Before Graduation: 2024 Top Scholarships for Accounting Students

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According to CollegeFactual.com, accounting is the 8th most popular major in the nation. Surprised? During the 2020-2021 academic year, there were more than 99,000 accounting degrees awarded by U.S. colleges and universities. That's down from the prior year's total of 101,094. Accounting is the language of business and it can grant you access to any industry in the world....

Chicago Native Charlene Rhinehart Will Represent Illinois in the 2023 International Ms Pageant 

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Charlene Rhinehart, International Ms Illinois

CHICAGO, June 24, 2023 /Chicago Southsider/ -- Charlene Rhinehart of Chicago has been selected to represent the state of Illinois in the 2023 International Ms. Pageant. This esteemed event, set to take place on September 3, 2023, will gather delegates from across the globe to celebrate the contributions women have made to society. "I thank God for allowing me to walk on this journey and...

Black CPAs in Illinois: Paul G. Stewart Became the 2nd Black CPA in the State During the New Deal Era

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Paul G. Stewart was a trailblazer in the field of accounting. In 1937, Stewart became one of the few Black CPAs in the country during the New Deal Era. He became the second Black CPA in Illinois, 14 years after Arthur J. Wilson received his license. He was the sixth Black CPA in the country. Between 1933 and 1939,...

Chicago Southsider Summer Festival & Event Guide – July 2023

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Vegandale Chicago Southsider 2023

We need your help! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter now to help us preserve our history and share upcoming vacant lot sales and developments on Chicago’s South Side. Learn more about how Lorraine Hansberry's family transformed the South Side of Chicago. ——— As the temperature rises and summer embraces the city, the South Side of Chicago comes alive with electrifying music, mouthwatering delicacies, and...

Chicago Southsider Summer Festival and Event Guide – June 2023

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Chicago Vegandale Summer Festival

We need your help! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter now to help us preserve our history and share upcoming vacant lot sales and developments on Chicago’s South Side. Learn more about how Lorraine Hansberry's family transformed the South Side of Chicago. ——— From music festivals to cultural events, there's never a dull moment on the South Side of Chicago. If you're traveling to Chicago...

Lorraine Hansberry’s Family Transformed the Face of Woodlawn During World War II. Can Black Developers Reverse Decades of Disinvestment on Chicago’s South Side?

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Reviving Woodlawn: The Legacy of the Hansberry Family and the Future of Black Development in Chicago. Lorraine Hansberry's family made history by becoming one of the first African Americans to move into Woodlawn on Chicago's South Side. Lorraine Hansberry, who is best known for her award-winning play "A Raisin in the Sun," was born at Provident Hospital on the South...

From Segregation to Integration: How Lorraine Hansberry’s Father used Real Estate to Transform Chicago’s South Side

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We need your help! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter now to help us preserve our history and share upcoming vacant lot sales and developments on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago's South Side has a rich history of African American culture and community, but that wasn't always the case. In the early 1900s, Chicago was a rapidly growing city with a diverse population. The majority of...

Chicago Southsider Recognizes Inaugural ‘Women to Watch’ Community Influencers for 2022

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2022 Women to Watch Chicago Southsider

Originally published in March 2022 on Facebook Bulletin Chicago Southsider is on a mission to showcase the best of Chicago's South Side one block at a time. In honor of Women's History Month, we are recognizing women who are making an impact through entrepreneurship and community leadership. Please leave a comment below to nominate a woman who you believe should...

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

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5 Black Developers to build 3-flats in Woodlawn block, replacing 11 vacant lots

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appeared at the ribbon cutting for phase one of West Woodlawn Pointe, speaking candidly about how communities like West Woodlawn have suffered from disinvestment and marginalization, and the role that the Cook County Land Bank is playing to help rebuild neighborhoods damaged by institutional racism. Disclosure: This article was supported by funding from the...

Ida B. Wells Drive: Chicago’s First Major Street Named After a Black Woman

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"Just think. There will be generations that think it's perfectly normal for a major street in downtown Chicago to be named after an African American woman. Ida B Wells made history in her quest for equal rights. We made history by making her visible." Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells Anyone who visits or lives in Chicago will have...

Behind The Trial: Chicago Southsider Teen, Emmett Till, Brutally Murdered for Allegedly Flirting with White Woman

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If you want a list of upcoming events, opportunities, festival updates, and solutions journalism stories delivered to your inbox every week, you can subscribe to our newsletter on Beehiiv. "There should be no child on the South Side of Chicago who doesn't know Emmett Till's story." Monique A.L. Smith, LCSW It was August 1955. Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black teen from Chicago's South Side,...

4 Black-Owned Beverage Shops That Offer Fall Flavors, As Chosen By Our Readers

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Hello October! Leaves start changing colors, and Caramel Apple Cider becomes the drink of the season.

Chicago Southsider Summer Festival and Event Guide – June 2024

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Chicago Vegandale 2023

From music festivals to cultural events, there’s never a dull moment on the South Side of Chicago. If you’re traveling to Chicago or live here in the city, you’ll have a chance to experience festivals and events all summer long. We’ve put together a list of events that can help you get a taste of the city this summer. You’ll...

C3 Impact Fund Launches Women in Real Estate Mentorship Program to Empower Female Investors

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Women in Real Estate Mentorship Program - Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL – March 23, 2024 – C3 Impact Fund, a certified community development financial institution, announced the launch of the Women in Real Estate Mentorship Program. This groundbreaking initiative is designed to empower women navigating the complex field of real estate investing. The program aligns with C3’s foundational goals to catalyze development in underinvested neighborhoods, create quality local...

Chicago Montessori educator advances to Top 15 in “America’s Favorite Teacher” contest

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CHICAGO, April 13, 2024 – Jasmine Williams, a dedicated Montessori educator from Chicago, has successfully advanced to the Top 15 in the country's "America's Favorite Teacher" contest, organized by Reader's Digest. Williams has distinguished herself among a group of 111 peers, demonstrating her passion and commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders. "I am deeply grateful for the incredible...

‘Property Taxes Matter’: Black Homeownership Rates Could Drop Even Lower if Older Adults Are Left Behind

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In the United States, where only 44% of Black Americans own homes, a significant risk emerges: many may struggle to maintain their homes as they seek to age in place. In Chicago, which remains the most segregated city in the United States between white and Black residents, a mere 35% of Black residents are homeowners — the lowest rate among...

The True Cost of Aging in Place in Chicago: It’s Becoming More Expensive for Older Black Renters

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As the clock strikes 9 am on a tranquil Monday morning, the air in a community center near Bronzeville fills with the rhythmic clacks of chess pieces. Seated around the board are three Black male retirees, deeply engrossed in a strategic game of chess near their apartments. Their focused demeanor belies the weight of the topic that lingers in...

10 Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Try in 2024 – Chicago Southsider Guide

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Picture this: soul food that tantalizes your taste buds without compromising on tradition or flavor, all while being 100% plant-based. Imagine tucking into a deep-dish pizza, so rich and satisfying that you won't believe it's vegan. These are not just meals; they're experiences that redefine what vegan eating can be. From plant-based soul food to vegan interpretations of classic eats,...

Chicago’s History Museum Announces 25+ Free Admission Days in 2024

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Looking to kick off 2024 with some historical knowledge? The Chicago History Museum has unveiled its schedule for free admission days through March 2024. Starting Tuesday, January 16, you and your family have the opportunity to delve into Chicago's past and explore a variety of exhibitions and events during the Chicago History Museum free admission days. The Chicago History Museum is...

2024 Chicago Restaurant Week: Check Out The South Side Restaurants Participating This Year

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Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off Friday, Jan. 19 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4. During the 17-day celebration, you can enjoy more than 400 dining experiences and receive special dinner discounts. Each participating restaurant will offer special menu items for a fixed price of just $25 for brunch/lunch and $42 or $59 for dinner. If you are looking to cross some...

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Provides Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care

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Black women experience notably higher rates of pregnancy-related deaths compared to White women. This alarming situation is further compounded by the fact that over 80% of these deaths are preventable. And Chicago, the third largest city in the country, faces significant health disparities impacting Black mothers. Data reveals a stark contrast in infant mortality rates: Black babies in Chicago...