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Church Program Preps Community for USDOL Apprenticeship Program

Are you ready to join St. Paul Community Development Ministries, Inc. (SPCDM) classes that prepare individuals in historically underrepresented and hard to serve populations for entry into the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship Programs?  This adult population includes minorities, women, and Veterans.

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A Chicago Millennial Wins Best Actress in Brooklyn Web Fest for Low Strung

Chicago, IL - October 12, 2017 - After a great success of the Chicago based Brown Girls web series, another award-winning web series from Chicago is about to blow your mind - Low Strung. This comedy about an audacious pair of friends, Victoria Lee and Shervin Bain, explores their chaotic endeavors through a surreal lens in Chicago. Fresh, satirical, and often perplexing, Low Strung gives viewers a chance to vicariously experience sex, drugs, and montages.

Low Strung was nominated in four categories (before it officially premiered anywhere else) at the 2017 Brooklyn Web Fest - Best Actress (Victoria Lee), Emerging Voices, Outstanding Premiere, and the DaF Award (for diversity). Victoria Lee won in the category for Best Actress.

There are some notable appearances in the first four episodes from Kapron Lewis, from the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago drag queen, Lucy Stoole, who recently made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon performing with Charlie XCX. The series also features music from local musicians, such as ShowYouSuck, Lex Allen, Klassik, Air Credits, Celine Neon, Rahn Harper, Chason, The Rapper Chicks and Lili K. The series is directed by Addison Wright and Lili K, with music supervision by Lili K.

The first four episodes will officially premiere on October 21, 2017 at AMFM Gallery at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. Local personality Ashley Tribble of PPower Radio will be emceeing the event and also hosting a panel after the show.

To learn more about Low Strung, you can follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Official trailer:  

About Victoria Lee

Scriptwriter, actress and cellist Victoria Lee is a Milwaukee native securing her place in Chicago’s vibrant community of artists. She co-writes, produces and stars in her web series, Low Strung. A classically trained cellist, Victoria performs with the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and has recorded with a number of notable Chicago artists including Chance The Rapper.

About Lili K

Originally known for her stand-out guest features for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Lili K established herself as a knockout solo star with the April 2015 release of her self-produced, full-length debut album RUBY. She’s done numerous TV appearances on ABC and FOX, has performed at major festivals including Made In America, North Coast Music Festival, and Pitchfork, and has garnered glowing praise from VIBE, Huffington Post, EW, Consequence of Sound, and many more top-tier music tastemakers. Jay Z’s entertainment streaming service Tidal dubbed Lili as their very first “Tidal Rising” artist, and the Chicago Reader named her “Best Jazz Musician” in 2015. In 2017, Lili landed a recurring role as a background vocalist on Season 3 of Fox's hit show Empire.


About Shervin Bain

After living and working in Miami, Manchester and New York City, Shervin Bain has truly found himself within the creative circle of Chicago. He gained experience in acting after studying at Chicago’s famous Second City, and went on to write Low Strung with Victoria Lee. Actor, writer and staple of Chicago's vibrant LGBTQ community, Shervin has just begun to tell his story.

Seeking Dads for Reserach Study!

We want to talk with you and other fathers in a group at Metropolitan Family Services.

You can earn $50 for your feedback.

Food will be provided.

For information about the study, click on the link

Think Pink - Ald. Toni Foulkes & Access Community Health Network's Breast Cancer Awareness Party

An event to promote awareness and empower women to get vital breast cancer screenings.

Think Pink Party to be held at ACCESS Center for Discovery and Learning, located at 5139 S. Ashland Ave., from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

ComEd Offers Ways for Customers to Fall into Savings During National Energy Awareness Month

ComEd residential customers to receive about a $14 credit during October thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act

2017 Englewood Quality of Life Business Plan Competition

Have an idea? The Englewood Quality of Life Business Plan Competition is here to help! Make a good pitch, and you could win start up or operating costs for your business!

Is it possible to break up with diabetes?

If diabetes or pre-diabetes looms over your head like a bad relationship, you’ll be happy to know there may be a way out.

ComEd Solar Spotlight

ComEd debuted Solar Powered Fashion designed by Latino Students with the help of fashion designer Ronald Rodriguez at Latino Fashion week’s runway.                                                      

The ComEd Solar Spotlight program connected ComEd engineers and students throughout Chicagoland area in a two-day immersion through live, hands-on solar demonstrations.                                                           

The Solar Powered Fashion will be on display at the Mexican Museum of National Art and at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.  These pieces along with the Bronzeville Solar Powered Pyramid conclude this year's Solar Spotlight program.                                                              

Something to Celebrate: Englewood Square

Monday October 2nd, 2017, the Englewood community the one year anniversary  of Englewood Square.


Chicago's 1st ANNUAL SANKOFA OKTOBERFEST Debut's Saturday, October 7th, 12 Noon, at AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH-HYDE PARK & LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY, E. 55th & University

ComEd Taps Latino Students to Design Solar-Powered Fashion in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

CHICAGO (Sept. 20, 2017) – ComEd is shining the Solar Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month and engaging more than 50 local Latino high schools students to help design solar-powered fashion.

 ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Program will bring together Latino students from a variety of Illinois high schools and non-profit organizations for a two-day immersion session focused on  Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Math (STEAM).

 The Program will take students through live, hands-on solar demonstrations where they will learn about solar energy and solar panels. They also will learn about notable Hispanics in STEAM-related careers, and have the opportunity to construct their own solar-powered cells. ComEd engineers will serve as volunteer mentors to help students and Claudette Soto, founder of VAMOS, will talk to students about her STEM journey and creative ways to improve public spaces using technology.

 “Exposure to STEAM experiences is critical as high school students are figuring out options to pursue after high school,” said Fidel Marquez, Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd.  “The demand for renewable energy is on the rise and solar power is becoming an important part of the clean energy economy. ComEd is offering the Solar Spotlight Program because we want to help diverse students learn about this important energy source and make them aware of great career opportunities they can consider as they plan for their future. And, we also hope that one day they will come work for ComEd.”

 This year, ComEd has added the “A” for Art in STEM, making it STEAM and is exposing students to an art component in the program. The students will help Chicago fashion designer Ronald Rodriguez by placing their own created designs on a solar-powered dress and jacket. The two pieces will include solar-powered LED lights and also will also light up the runway at Latino Fashion Week on Saturday, Sept. 30. Later they will be on display at the Mexican Museum of National Art and the Puerto Museum of Art.

 “Today’s students are technologically savvy, so if you’re going to engage them in a program you have to make it interesting. That’s why we brought in fashion technology into our Solar Spotlight program. We want to go beyond peaking their interest, we want to create an experience they will remember, one that makes a positive impact on their future,” said Marquez. 

ComEd invites the general public to visit to learn more about the students’ “Solar Spotlight” journey.

 ComEd proudly celebrates diversity year-round through programming that provides broad public exposure to diversity in the communities that the company serves. To learn more about ComEd’s community support, visit

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 Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



Best of Englewood 2017 in the South Side Weekly

Excerpt from Best of South Side Weekly - "Asiaha Butler is the president of the Residents Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.), a former member of the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, and organizer of the Englewood Rising campaign, an initiative that brings together these and other community voices to promote positive narratives around the neighborhood."

Englewood QLP Public Safety Task Force Assistance Fund

The Englewood QLP Public Safety Task Force now has special funds to assist neighborhood groups, organizations that are hosting events in both Englewood, West Englewood that promote public safety, public health. Apply here -

The Future of Funding

Join Goodcity Chicago and Teamwork Englewood for a "Future of Funding Workshop". 

CCLBA Putting Affordable Homeownership within Reach of Residents with New Homebuyer Direct Program
The Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) has launched the new Homebuyer Direct Program, which helps prospective homebuyers buy, rehab and ultimately move in to the home of their dreams. 
The program serves two important functions: it helps homebuyers build equity during the purchase process and lets them incorporate their own ideas into the design of their new home. It also helps transform vacant homes and communities that were hardest hit by the mortgage crisis throughout the south and west sides of Chicago.
Financial Services Pipeline Initiative Appoints Two New CEO Leadership Council Co-chairs

The Financial Services Pipeline (FSP) Initiative is ushering in two new co-chairs to help steer the direction of the program, carry out the organization’s mission and oversee overall strategy implementation. John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, and Matt Feldman, President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will serve as the co-chairs and ambassadors for the CEO Leadership Council. They will join current co-chair Terry Mazany of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the founding member institutions of the FSP.

Englewood At The Movies Presents: My First Love

Join Greater Saint John AME for its monthly Englewood At The Movies on Friday September 29, 2017 for the viewing of My  First Love.

Massive Heart Attack Moves Basketball Players to Community Action

A survivor, a first responder and a cardiologist invite the public to play basketball, learn CPR on September 30


ComEd is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on two grants it was awarded from the Department of Energy to develop and test microgrid technology that would support critical public infrastructure.  A microgrid is a small power grid that can disconnect from the main grid to ensure that even during extreme weather or a cyber or physical attack, power will keep flowing to critical infrastructure, customers and businesses.

This summer, ComEd submitted a proposal to the Illinois Commerce Commission to construct a microgrid in Bronzeville and connect it to an existing microgrid on the IIT campus. This project would create one of the first microgrid clusters in the world and provide information and assistance to emergency personnel and create a better understanding of how microgrids can be leveraged in emergency situations.

IIT Alumnus Carol Bartucci, ComEd’s vice president of Information Technology, visited the Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at ITT to see the full scale model of the school’s microgrid.

Carol played a key role in establishing IIT’s Center for Smart Grid Application, Research, and Technology, also known as C-SMART, a living laboratory where ComEd is testing a variety of smart grid and smart meter-enabled innovations designed to enhance everyday living for customers.

Watch the video to learn more about how ComEd collaborates and innovates to keep the power flowing.

Shadowgram a new documentary on the African American Community in Chicago South Side

Shadowgram: the movie the US Embassy didn't want to see

GSJAME's Code of Care Town Hall Meeting

Greater Saint John AME will be holding a community conversation around its Code of Care Community Policing Strategy.

Reserve Your Table for the 2nd Annual Englewood Art Fair!

Do you paint, draw, make ceramics, weave, write, knit, make soap, make clothes, or any other handmade work? If so, you can apply to be a vendor for the 2nd Annual Englewood Art Fair. The artist fee is $50 for all accepted artists, and the cost of the artist table will go directly to the Hamilton Park Advisory Council. All other proceeds from art works sold will go directly to artists.

The Things I Learned While I Was Teaching
The Things I Learned While I Was Teaching is the second installment in a series of storytelling events called Englewood Speaks. This event features teachers who work tirelessly to educate our youth.
Employment Preparation & Hiring Characteristics Workshop

Greater Saint John AME will host an Employment Preparation & Hiring Characteristics workshop on September 23rd & 30th 2017

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