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A Recipe for Revitalizing Chicago’s Commercial Corridors

West Chicago Avenue (Photo by Steven Depolo on flickr)

As a restauranteur, Quentin Love has a history of being ahead of the game. He started his first restaurant chain, Quench, 15 years ago on the South Side of Chicago, featuring turkey, chicken and vegetarian options, no beef and no pork. Quench eventually grew to eight locations, and Love earned a reputation for healthy cooking around the the Chicagoland area.

Chet Jackson met Love years ago at one of Love’s other restaurants. After becoming executive director of the West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council (WHPDC), Jackson needed an entrepreneur to move into the West Chicago Avenue corridor that WHPDC was planning to revitalize. Love happened to be looking for a space on the West Side of Chicago. Jackson made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“I didn’t have anything on the west side. I didn’t have a whole lot of projects on the table,” Love says. “Chet offered me an opportunity where I could just come in and create.”  Read more...

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