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Announcing Our New Executive Director

 Adrienne Whitney-Boykin             

has resided in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park community for 40 years. During that time she’s collaborated with other organizations to help preserve, stabilize and foster community and economic development.

BACK TO SCHOOL Celebration and School Supplies

Saturday September 2nd

3735-43 W. Chicago Ave

Sponsored by:

Sunrise Foods,

West Humboldt Park Development Council,

and boost Moble

We will be passing out BOOK BAGS with school supplies for the kids.

West Humboldt Park Photovoice Needs You!

Do you enjoy photography? Would you like to learn more about photography? Are you passionate about your community? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the West Humboldt Park Photovoice project needs you!

Polaris Peace Rally June 5th

The 8th Grade Students at Polaris Charter Academy are hosting a community Peace Rally at Kells Park. There will be fun activities for the whole family! Check out the flyer for more details!

City of Chicago's MMRP Energy Efficiency Program

The City of Chicago is pleased to partner with Elevate Energy to provide free energy assessments to homeowners in the city’s 13 Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) Target Areas. These free assessments include an on-site review of the building and a report with practical, cost-effective home improvements that increase comfort and reduce energy bills.

In addition, income-qualified homeowners will have access to an MMRP Energy Efficiency Forgivable Loan of up to $5,000 to cover the cost of the home improvements. The most common energy efficiency improvements are attic insulation and air-sealing (sealing up the places where heated or cooled air leaves the home, or where outside air can get inside the home).

Passport to Wellness: Your Guide to Free Events in West Humboldt Park

Let's get healthy together! Join us this spring for the Passport to Wellness Program. Passport to Wellness is a free 6 week program where we help you reach your health goals. This free program starts on March 13 and runs until April 23rd.

Chef Wins Game Show And Uses The Prize Money To Feed His Community

Chicago's Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill has no shortage of flavor. And neither does its owner.

Quentin Love's restaurant, on Chicago's west side in a neighborhood called West Humboldt Park, lives by a simple rule: "No beef. No pork." There you can get unique dishes like the Jive Turkey Burger on a whole wheat bun or the Rich Boy Sandwich, a grilled fish twist on the classic Po Boy, which usually uses roast beef or fried seafood.

But Love knows it's not just well-to-do Chicagoans who need more diverse meal options. Chicago's sizable homeless and poverty-stricken community could sure use a helping hand, too.

So every Monday afternoon, the restaurant closes for business and offers free meals to the community, instead.

Facade Rebate Program offered in 2016

You may be eligible for a facade rebate of up to 50% of approved costs, maximum of $5,000.

The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 is offering a Facade Rebate Program for 2016.  The Facade Rebate Program is designed to help commercial property owners and business tenants within SSA #63 beautify the facade of their buildings by providing a rebate of up to $5,000 for each eligible project.

A Recipe for Revitalizing Chicago’s Commercial Corridors

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.

606 Bloomingdale Trail Homeowners Forgivable Loan Program

Need a new roof? New porch? New Windows? Or other exeterior improvements to your home?

Take advantage of a forgivable loan through the 606 Bloomingdale Trail Homeowners Program! 

Up to $25,000 available! Act fast, loans awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis!

*Geographic, income, owner-occupied and other restrictions apply.

The City of Chicago has announced a forgivable loan program for home improvements for low- and moderate income owner-occupied families living along the 606.  The forgivable loans are up to $20,000 for single family and 2-unit homes and up to $25,000 for 3 and 4-unit homes.  See the attached flyer and FAQ.  Contact John Groene at (773) 533-5570, ext 4802 with questions.  Applications can be picked up at the West Humboldt Park NHS office located at 3601 W. Chicago, downloaded from here on the portal, or downloaded from the NHS of Chicago website. 

Chicago Avenue Mural Project Ribbon Cutting

On Friday November 20, 2015 a Ribbon Cutting was held to celebrate the completion of the Chicago Avenue Mural Project located at 3455 - 3501 W Chicago Avenue (at the corner of St Louis Ave).  This project was created to shield vacant lots, beautify the corridor, promote inspiring messages, and create a sense of place. The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 envisioned the project which was brought to fruition by archi-treasures, a community development arts organization.

Don't Hibernate, Stay Active This Winter!

There are so many great ways to stay active this winter! Check out our calendar of events for information on FREE cooking classes and fitness classes, volunteer opportunities, and community meetings. Come meet your neighbors, socialize, and beat those winter blues!

A model for inclusiveness: community-based participatory research

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research in public health. CBPR equitably engages communities in the design, conduct and use of research to address health disparities and improve health by encouraging community-centered interventions and prevention strategies. This type of research recognizes that health is affected by many complex issues such as social, political and economic factors. Its proponents seek to engage partners, including community organizations, community members and academic
researchers in research projects. With historical roots in social science disciplines, CBPR focuses on community priorities, engages community partners and members who are connected to the research issue of focus, and negotiates how resources and responsibilities will be allocated.

Chicago Avenue Mural Project

On October 19 and November 05, 2015 archi-treasures along with two community artist volunteers installed a sixteen panel mural on the corner of Chicago Avenue & St Louis Avenue.  This mural or urban wall is called The Chicago Avenue Mural Project.  The Mural located at 3455, 3457 and 3501 is designed to shield vacant lots, beautify the commercial corridor, promote positive messages, and create an improved sense of place. 

Bringing Community Based Research to West Humboldt Park

The West Humboldt Park Development Council and Northwestern University are taking the lead to bring community based research to West Humboldt Park.

Community engaged research can bring so many resources to address the issues in our community. We want you to be a part of the solution.

Bro-n-Laws BBQ on Chicago's Best

Ken Johnson's Bro-n-Laws BBQ at 3820 W Chicago Avenue is featured on Chicago's Best television program in this segment which explores the Chicago bar-b-que scene and what makes Bro-n-Laws special.  Elliott Bambrough becomes a “bird brother” at this Humboldt Park barbecue joint where food is good in the hood.

Get Healthy, Get Fit, Get Involved!

The West Humboldt Park Development Council just released the Fall calendar of FREE events.

The events are held all throughout West Humboldt Park and are completely free. There are healthy activities for all ages!

Join the Fun at the Humboldt Park 5K and Community Resource Fair

On August 29th, the inaugural Humboldt Park 5k is coming to Chicago! Enjoy a run through the beautiful park while wearing your new performance t-shirt. In addition to the 5k, there will be a 1 mile Kids race and a Community Resource Fair. This event will be fun for the whole family!

Partners in Progress announces a new year of funding to West Humboldt Park Development Council

Today, Partners in Progress announced a new year of funding to West Humboldt Park Development Council and Chicago Community Loan Fund and the other original PIP grantees. 

Business District Managers Hit Streets

Business District Managers Hit Streets

For the last couple months, the 20 participants in LISC Chicago’s Business District Leadership programhave been getting to know one another via retreats, strategy days and leadership sessions, where they’ve traded expertise and ideas about how to make their neighborhood commercial corridors more prosperous and vital. They’re all economic development veterans, from Little Village to Edgewater, who’ve signed on for the six-month training that’s intended to hone their business and leadership skills.

Find Industry Solutions at the Chicago Small Business Expo

The Chicago Small Business Expo is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with others in your niche. Bringing small business owners of the area together, this marks one of the most exciting Chicago business events on the schedule. Attendance is free, making it an affordable, educational and rewarding venture for multiple attendees from your company. Come learn, meet new colleagues and discover how to take your business to higher levels.

Annual Compassion Parade to End Violence

The Fourth Annual Compassion Parade will be held on Saturday April 18, 2015. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and all volunteers/participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:45 AM for the parade line-up. The parade will start at Chicago Avenue and Pulaski at Orr Academy High School, 730 N. Pulaski. The parade will end at Chicago Avenue and Kedzie Avenue at Kells Park, 3201 W. Chicago Avenue.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Kells Park

Come out and join the fun for the Annual Kells Park Easter Egg Hunt in West Humboldt Park! This free event will take place on April 3 at 2pm in Kells Park, located at 3201 West Chicago Avenue, at the corner of Chicago and Kedzie Avenues.

Community Leadership Spotlight

West Humboldt Park Development Council would like to present an outstanding example in what it means to give-back to the community. Claudia Macklin is a resident of West Humboldt Park and attends Orr Academy High School. Through buildOn, an international service-learning program, she has completed over 215 hours of service to her community in this school year alone.

Hillshire Brands Foundation Supports the Healthy Community Initiative

In November 2014, The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) received a grant award from Hillshire Brands Foundation to support the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy You Program as part of the West Humboldt Park Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). The grant award of $50,000 will provide financial support for the WHPDC to sustain Humboldt Park's Free Healthy Cooking and Exercise Program.

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