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River City Community Church's Grand Opening

River City Community Church is finally moving into its long term home! To commemorate this event, River City Community Church will be inviting its communty members to participate in their Grand Opening event this Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10am. 

Can a restaurant transform a neighborhood?

Not long after Chet Jackson arrived in West Humboldt Park in 2011, he thought he'd found a way to get the drug dealers off the corners. He'd open a restaurant.

Jackson had just been hired away from Kansas City as the new executive director of the nonprofit West Humboldt Park Community Development Council, and he learned several things about his new neighborhood right away. "Although it's an urban community, it's very southern," he says. "There are a lot of people who've been here 30 or 40 years. They're people who've known each other forever and a day. I walk down the street and people say, 'Good morning!' It's the country in the city."

But it was also impossible to overlook what had gone wrong.