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Woodlawn is Changing 

Chicago Southsider will provide solutions-focused reporting every month to showcase what individuals and organizations are doing to combat problems in the city.

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

Do you want to learn more about vacant lot sales or buying a home in Chicago? Check out this free “Rent to Mortgage in 90 Days” event that will help you learn more about building your credit score and prepping for your first home.  

Calling All Woodlawn Residents 

If you lived in Woodlawn in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, I would love to hear your story. We are working on several stories about Woodlawn and we want to capture your story. Send me a message on Facebook or an email at hello@chicagosouthsider.com.

I would love to know: 

When did your family move to Woodlawn? Did they purchase a home there? What was Woodlawn like when you were living there? What stores were around? What school did you attend? How do you feel about the changes that are taking place in Woodlawn?

Did You Know…

Emmett Till’s childhood home is in Woodlawn. It’s a Chicago landmark. Lorraine Hansberry’s childhood home is in Woodlawn. It’s a private residence.

Pageant Season!

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

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.

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

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