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Here’s How to Bank Real Success in the Fight Against Gentrification

Quentin Love had already been a successful Chicago restauranteur for 15 years. But two years ago, he was approached to do something novel: Open a healthy restaurant, called Turkeychop, that doubled as a part-time soup kitchen for the homeless in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, the Humboldt Park corridor.

After successfully selling turkey burgers in other parts of town, Love was game, but he knew there would be hurdles to introducing unfamiliar food options in a designated food desert.

Chandeliers Boutique - Business Profile

Chandeliers - A little bit of Michigan Avenue right on Chicago Avenue.

You might miss this little retail store underneath the Sportswear & Shoes sign at 3703 W Chicago Avenue if you don’t look closely. Sandwiched between Franklin’s Beauty Shop and a soon to open store on the east - Mary Washington’s Chandeliers Boutique’s objective is to bring a little bit of North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile to Chicago Avenue. 

Salvation Army Brings The Freedom Center to West Humboldt Park

The Salvation Army is relocating The Freedom Center to a 5-acre site at Chicago and Christiana Avenues in West Humboldt Park. The Freedom Center is being relocated from its home of 36 years at Monroe Street and Ashland Avenue on the near west side of Chicago. The new facility will offer a broad variety of educational, recreational, spiritual and social service programs for the entire community. In fact, the new Freedom Center will house three Salvation Army programs that are critical to serving people in need from throughout Chicagoland: The Harbor Light Center, The Mobile Feeding and Outreach Program and The Pathway Forward Program.

The Salvation Army Freedom Center Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10 A.M. at 825 North Christiana Avenue. Join us for this special event, featuring testimonials from people whose lives have been transformed by these Salvation Army programs, as well as performances by The Harbor Light Choir and The Harbor Light Hip-Hop Worship Dance Team. Come discover the many ways in which the Freedom Center will positively impact WHP and the surrounding West Side communities. If you are interested in attending, please rsvp with Ashley Foster at (773) 205-3529 or


What do you think is missing on Chicago Avenue?

Are you satisfied with the shopping choices along Chicago Avenue?  Would you like more stores and more variety?  We are conducting a survey of residents to determine what you would like to see along Chicago Avenue between Kedzie and Pulaski.  

How one grant program is helping old-line manufacturers stay in the city

Three years ago, Bob Laystrom was prepared to move his 50-year-old company out of its outdated facility in Logan Square for new, spacious digs in suburban Palatine.

Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting a Success

Over 40 business owners and commercial property owners attended the Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting Thursday, August 11 at Sanctuary Place.