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Join the Collaborative Team of West Englewood on Thanksgiving Day

Join us on Thanksgiving Day

Job Alert - RAGE is Hiring for PT Program Coordinator

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood is pleased to announce a new PT position available at our association. 

Advocate Trinity Hospital to Host Athletes Know CPR Basketball Jam Classic Nov. 11

Join Advocate Trinity Hospital for an afternoon of basketball, music and free CPR training. 

Business Cash Flow Coaching Session Nov. 15

Business coaching opportunity

CONNECT + BUILD + TAKE ACTION - Englewood Village Meeting - 11/20

All are welcome to join R.A.G.E. for our next Englewood Village Meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Nicholson STEM Academy located 6006 South Peoria from 6pm – 8pm.

Solid Metal Group Working on an O'Hare Expansion

Solid Metal Group takes immense pride in announcing a new project that they are working on  - an O’Hare airport expansion. This project was conceptualized and rolled out by an architect from Parsons. The project to be carried out by Solid Metal Group is going to cover the Steel Tie of O’Hare Arts Expansion Series, along the mainline track, which is located at a significant distance from the current platform.

The expansion was conceptualized and approved in order to ensure that the airport successfully satisfies every individual passenger with the extensive space and added amenities. Over the last couple of years, the metal fabrication industry has held a key to the expansion of both the engineering and manufacturing sectors on a global level. Several industries, including the aerospace, construction, energy, power and automotive sectors, solely survive due to this metal fabrication industry. In 2016 alone, the consumption of steel sporadically increased by 1.3 percent since 2015. Currently, there’s an average consumption of 1600 tonnes.

The EIU had recently revised the growth outlook in 2017 and there has been an increase from 1.4 percent to 2.4 percent. Due to the high demand and consumption of steel, the businesses operating within the metal fabrication industry are constantly implementing newer trends and strategies. In addition to this, they are also embracing newer developments with the aim of spurring growth in the market. The future of several industries, are heavily reliant on the growth of metal fabrication industry.

About Solid Metal Group

Solid Metal Group is a diversified manufacturer of industrial and commercial metal. Being a leading player in the metal fabrication industry, this company particularly specializes in design and comes up with high quality steel rail items for leading railway companies across both domestic as well as export markets. The signature metal poles manufactured from the company can be extensively found along O’Hare International Airport to the BP gas stations all along Chicago, IL. Over time, the company has established itself as one of the biggest metal fabricators in the state with their exceptional services and high quality equipment. They offer equipment repair and custom modification services up and across Chicago and the surrounding areas.

For more information:
1633 5th Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 757-7421

Should you be drinking pickle juice post-workout?

An orthopedic surgeon weighs in on whether the pucker is worth the punishment.

Ever eat fast food? Here are some rules.

Check out this advice for convenience eaters.

Is this the secret to bouncing back post pregnancy?

Read on for more about regaining your "cool factor."


 Community Cooking Lesson with San Justins Kitchen

Chicago Native Yelyna De Leon Leon Raises Immigrant Issues as Blanca in “Will and Grace”

Chicago’s Native Yelyna De Leon landed a remarkable role as Blanca in Episode 3 on NBC’s  Emmy award winning sitcom, “Will and Grace” Second Season. The character’s remarkable journey and presence allows us to see a special bond and transformation between her and Karen (Emmy award winner Megan Mullally) where drama and comedy merge into one, addressing one of the nation’s leading issues - immigration.

In Texas, Karen arrives to visit the border where she makes remarks about sponsoring the wall and illegal drugs and meets Beverly Leslie (Emmy award winner Leslie Jordan) whom she argues with over sponsorship of the wall. Both end up in the detention center with Blanca.

Blanca is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who gets captured after trying to cross the border. She was a professional in her country and a mom  who snuck across the US border fleeing the brutal gangs. She had travelled over 2,000 miles and spent her life savings paying off the cops and hiding from the cartels. In order to save her family, she let her daughter and husband escape first and now she wants to reunite with them. Blanca ends up in a Texas cell with Karen and Beverly Leslie, where she has a chance to share her personal story of grief with Karen where we, the audience, become first hand witnesses of the humane side of Karen as she shows empathy for  Blanca’s deep painful story.

“I have studied law and all I can say is that it is a slippery slope, as the laws affect everyone which is why Karen and Leslie end up in the detention center where I am being held. I am sitting there listening to their conversation but we are all in the holding cell together. Karen is still grieving over Rosario. She is telling me about it and I am there to listen to her story and she is there to listen to mine. There was definitely a bond between me and Karen and we bonded as human beings,” said Yelyna De Leon. “The writing on the show is truly amazing and so timely. When I read it, and booked it, I was so happy that this was an opportunity to humanize the immigration experience, something we don’t often get to see. This is what is really happening right now, all over the world and I look at it as a forced migration. I also loved that the role of Blanca was completely in line with my purpose, which is to represent the latino community in non-stereotypical roles with counter narrative stories that are relatable and humanize us, so I am very grateful to the show for this amazing opportunity. “

Blanca’s scene were so touching and very important, and relevant scenes especially with the current political climate, so bravo to NBC and the show’s writers for this heart wrenching deep yet funny storyline. But we were left wondering what will become of Blanca? Will Karen help her get out of jail and be reunited with her family? It would be great to see the future return of  Blanca as the writers have a lot to play with the special bond between Karen and her, especially after Rosario’s death and immigration is a subject that has many stories that need to be told.

If you liked Blanca’s character as much as I did on “Will and Grace” please tweet, instagram and shout out on Facebook @nbcwillandgrace.

To follow Yelyna De Leon on Social Media: @yelynadeleon.

About Actress, Writer and Producer Yelyna De Leon:

Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, where she fell in love with storytelling through the theater, Yelyna has been in numerous plays, television shows, “Bones,” “Shameless,” “Ray Donovan,” and the feature films, “A Better Life,” and the GLAAD award winning film “East Side Story,” to name a few. And will soon be seen in the comedies, “Milfriend” and “Bride Plus One.”

She is a “Br-ojan,” having received her BA from UCLA in Film/TV/Theater and Chicano Studies and her MFA from USC in Film and Television production. While at USC, she studied film, TV and comedy with director Barnet Kellman (George Lopez Show, Murphy Brown), writer David Isaacs (Cheers, Madmen), producers Gail Katz (Air Force One,) and Bonnie Bruckheimer, (Hocus Pocus, Beaches) and was the co-creator, head writer and showrunner for USC’s first single camera comedy pilot, “Teacher’s Lounge.

Currently the award winning, slasher feature film she wrote, produced and is in, “Murder in

the Woods,” starring Jose Julian (A Better Life), Chelsea Rendon (Vida) and Catherine Toribio (Jane The Virgin) with Danny Trejo (Machete),  is doing the festival route and garnering

rave reviews and a lot of buzz. The film premiered to a sold out audiences at the 2017 FICG in LA at the Chinese Theater, won the Best Film Award at the 2017 LA Skins Fest, and sold out every screening in Portland, NY, Denver and at the Chicago Latino Film Festival in April of 2018.

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Planning Home Repair Projects Workshops In Englewood

Come learn some practical tips for assessing your home’s repair needs, as well as prioritizing rehab projects. NHS Chicago is hosting Grey Stones and Vintages Homes Workshop the month of October in Englewood.

Not Your Average Woman?

Are you a woman living in Englewood and seeking help in establishing a career? The Englewood Women's Initiative is having an info session with a focus on non-traditional career options offered by both Chicago Women in Trades and the Jane Addams Resource Corporation.  

“Ditch the Weight & Guns” 5K Walk & Run Hosts Three South Side Chicago Closed Course Races
Ditch the Weight & Guns 5K Walk & Run  Presents:  The Englewood 5K, Chatham 5K, Roseland 5K, three closed course races held on the South side of Chicago.
Justice Informed

 Xavier Ramey, the CEO and Lead Strategist for Justice Informed, LLC, will be a guest on the Nonprofit Utopia podcast on Monday, October 8, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., CST. The Nonprofit Utopia podcast is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, the Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, is the host.

Look Before You Leap: 5 Things You Must Do Before Joining That Board

You  have just been invited to join a board of directors of one of the hottest local nonprofits in the city.  What should you do before accepting?

Making the Case for Support in Times of Change

Writing a compelling case for support is not always as easy as it seems.  In Case Development 201, Communications Consultant Andrew Brommel writes “an organization’s case for support is ultimately ‘your message to your donors—why should they give to your organization?’” In this day and age of increased competition for fewer dollars, a nonprofit’s answer to the funders’ question must be stronger than ever before.

Meet the new Englewood High School Principal

Meet Englewood High School's new Principal on Thrusday, October 11th

Earle STEM School  2040 W. 62nd St. 5:00pm-6:30pm

Ark Productions Announces the World Premiere of The Law of Moises

Chicago, IL - Ark Productions and Questar Entertainment are proud to announce the World Premiere of The Law of Moises, a  family adventure film starring Nic Caruccio, Aaron Fotheringham, Yeniffer Behrens, Billy Dec and directed by Crystal Barnes.

Logline: A troubled young filmmaker desperate to escape his small town discovers his destiny is to save it.

The Law of Moises is a family adventure film about destiny and dreams, whether the dreams we choose are actually the dreams destined for us. The dream that Moises has is to leave his dead-end small town to make big films that will change the world. However, his dream is interrupted when frogs, flies, and a slew of other biblical plagues threaten to destroy his hometown and forcing Moises to make a decision; to either follow his dream or live out his purpose.


Synopsis: The Law of Moises is a family adventure film about MOISES ("moi-‘sez") who since the death of his parents at the age of nine has only dreamt of one thing – getting out of Cairo, Illinois, a stifling 9 square-mile town, to make his own films that will change the world. Similar to his namesake -Moses 2,000 years earlier- our hero, Moises suffers from a speech impediment and anger issues.  The similarities don’t stop there... in the town, there seems to be BLOOD flowing in the Mississippi River! Other plagues follow, including frogs and locusts that aim to devour the town's historic landmarks.

After a moment of divine intercession and a nudge from his older sister (Yeniffer Behrens), Moises (Nic Caruccio) discovers his purpose: to stay and save his hometown from destruction. After a confrontation with the Mayor (Tom McElroy) - whose evil plan for misuse of a $30 million fund incited the plagues to begin with- Moises, along with a few of his buddies use Scripture and cell phones as weapons to avert each ensuing plague, and Cairo, Illinois is saved!

View the Teaser for the film at:

The Premiere will be held over a 2 day period:





Friday, October 12

Sunday, October 14

  • Screening of The Law of Moises @ 7pm
  • Park Community Church

1001 N. Crosby St./ Chicago, IL 60610

  • Light Refreshments @ 5:30pm
  • Q & A with Director & Actors @ 8:30-9:15pm


  • Screening of The Law of Moises @ 7pm
  • The Davis Theater

4614 N. Lincoln Ave./ Chicago, IL 60625

  • Light Refreshments @ 5:00pm
  • Q & A with Director & Actors @ 6:45-7:15pm


For tickets, please visit:

Gazing into his wife’s eyes helped save her life

This daily act of love helped spot one of the deadliest cancers

Teamwork Englewood is hiring!

Teamwork Englewood is hiring a Director of Operations. 

ComEd Launches Energy Academy at Dunbar Vocational High School in Bronzeville

Dunbar Vocational Academy High School in Bronzeville has launched the Dunbar Energy Academy in conjunction with ComEd. Introduced on September 25th to the first group of ninth graders, members of the Dunbar High School class of 2022, the program will make the science of energy a key part of the students’ four-year learning experience.

New bi-weekly Podcast Series Offers Uncensored look into the world of Black Women on the Corporate Climb

A new podcast series called I Choose the Ladder launches nationwide on Spotify and offers an uncensored look into the real success stories of Black women who sought out to make a significant impact in corporate America. The podcast, which promises to deliver authentic conversations and tangible resources that listeners can apply to their own corporate climb is the brainchild of Watchen Nyanue, Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA Chicago Sky.


I Choose the Ladder will be available starting Wednesday, September 19th with new episodes Tuesday’s thereafter on Stitcher and Spotify, listeners will also be able to listen via The podcast, which has 40 episodes already recorded, will feature interviews with some of the country’s most influential women including Chicago’s top CEO’s such as Andrea Zopp, CEO, World Business Chicago, Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and Terrie-Lynne Devonish, Chief Compliance Officer, Aon. The style of the podcast is honest and conversational and will shed light on topics that are more relatable to young Black women.

“Our primary listeners will be Black women between the ages of 22 and 34 who are college educated many with advanced degrees. These women are hungry for mentorship from other successful Black female corporate superstars. When I was starting out as a professional this kind of information was hard to come by. I wanted to create a place where we can have Black female corporate leaders sharing and offering their wisdom and insights based on their own experiences in an engaging, relatable, conversational style,” explained Watchen Nyanue.


The podcast will be ushered in with a networking and listening event on September 19, 2018 at the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology (CHICAT). Attendees will get a premiere listen of a 10 minute introduction segment about the podcast through headphones that will be done in the style of a silent disco party. The event will also feature Nyanue moderating a conversation on being a black woman in Corporate America. The three executives providing their perspectives are Nicole White, Global Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Avison Young, Obele Brown-West Hinsley, EVP, Client Experience Digital & Innovation Lead - Central Region, Weber Shandwick, and Karla Evans-Davis, Head of Integrated Marketing & Media, Ulta Beauty.


Additional Background on Podcast Creator and Host Watchen Nyanue:

Watchen Nyanue is a strategic marketing and business development expert from Liberia, who resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA Chicago Sky. 

As an advocate for female leadership and empowerment, her journey has been filled with more than twelve years of executive experience, where she has excelled as a proven business strategy leader who understands the importance of building relationships and capitalizing on a firm “it” factor in order to take the organization to the next level. 

Watchen holds a bachelor’s in communication from DePauw University. She is currently pursuing her MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to working at the Sky, she has had the honor of working with a multitude of renowned companies, including Comedy Central, Hearst Digital, Yahoo!, and Johnson Publishing Company.

When she isn’t immersed in her career, Watchen happily serves on the Board of Trustees of the Associated Colleges of Illinois. The NextGen group of UNICEF and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a 2018 Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Englewood Public Safety Taskforce announces a new $953,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice

The Englewood Public Safety Taskforce announced today a new $953,000 grant it received from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)The DOJ’s Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) initiative provides resources to convene diverse local partners, including police, sheriffs, prosecutors, researchers, municipal agencies, service providers, community developers and residents.

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