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Public funding, private brewing

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 4, 2012

The construction of a microbrewery in the Motor Row District has been approved by the Community Development Commission, a group that allocates tax increment financing funds. The brewery is the leading edge of the effort to cultivate a nightlife district on Chicago’s Near South Side.The Broad Shoulders Brewery is slated for 2337 S. Michigan Ave., one of many vacant buildings in the area. Construction of more restaurants, ba...

South Side organization teaches youth media skills

By Chris Loeber

April 16, 2012

As mainstream media cast a negative light on underprivileged neighborhoods, a Chicago organization seeks to empower local youths by giving them a voice and highlighting positive contributions to their communities.Visions Blu Institute, a nonprofit organization that teaches media production skills to children and teens on Chicago’s South Side, is providing kids ages 9–18 with the knowledge and experience they need to tell th...

Developing culture for neighborhood vitality

By Chris Loeber

March 18, 2012

While efforts to revitalize under-resourced neighborhoods can take the form of large-scale projects to stimulate the economy, some developers choose to take a more community-driven approach by encouraging cultural growth.Theaster Gates, an urban planner and noted artist, has been working since 2005 to develop the Greater Grand Crossing community on Chicago’s South Side. He works closely with residents to help them build...

Keep students from being ‘adrift’

By Brianna Wellen

February 20, 2012

Commencement is quickly sneaking up, and as I prepare to walk across that stage and enter the real world, I can’t help but reflect on what I’ve actually learned in college. Many of the things that first come to mind are not from my classroom lessons but the experience of living on my own for the first time, getting a taste of the professional world and meeting a new and diverse group of people. While all of this is ex...

Fresh start summer smoothie

By A.J. Abelman

May 9, 2011

It’s no secret we all have a hard time fitting in three balanced meals a day.  That is the nature of being busy. But our health does not need to suffer because of this. Spring and summer are the times to focus on eating well and living active lives. Luckily, finding time for the most important meal of the day is as easy as throwing fresh fruit or vegetables in the blender.Start by getting all your ingredients out. Pour ...

Obama’s image used in anti-abortion billboards

By Heather McGraw

April 4, 2011

“Every 21 minutes our next future leader is aborted,” reads a billboard featuring President Barack Obama’s profile as a new anti-abortion ad campaign got underway last week in some of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods.Life Always, a nonprofit anti-abortion organization founded in Texas in the beginning of 2011, unveiled three of its 30 new billboard advertisements at a press conference at an empty lot at 58th and S...

Chocolate chip banana bread

By Molly Keith

March 14, 2011

Chocolate chip banana bread serves as a delectable complement to a chilly homework-filled Sunday afternoon. Take a break from the books to prepare this  simple and savory snack.You will need 1 cup of sugar, an egg, 1 1/2 cups of butter, 1 cup of mashed bananas, 3 tablespoons of milk, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts. You wi...

Put industry first

By Editorial Board

December 6, 2010

U.S. Bank’s Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative aims to transform two depleted South Side communities into thriving mixed developments.In the Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side, a plan to revamp the old Ryerson and Son Inc. factory on 111th Street into a retail center with a Walmart is paired with rehabbing nearby historic homes. In Woodlawn, Grove Parc Plaza along Cottage Grove Avenue is already under construction to...

Illinois top user of possibly dangerous herbicide

By Patrick Smith

March 1, 2010

Illinois is the No. 1 purchaser in the country of an herbicide that may cause breast and prostate cancer, according to Professor Tyrone Hayes from the University of California-Berkeley.Hayes gave a presentation to the Illinois General Assembly, and later to a community group in Chicago’s Blackstone Library on Feb. 24, about the grave dangers the corn herbicide Atrazine poses to humans and animals. Atrazine is produced by t...

Pfleger emphasizes media’s role in cultural awareness

By CiaraShook

February 1, 2010

Believing the media to be the most powerful tool shaping society, Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church has attracted writers and cameramen over the past three decades with his passion for the church and thirst for racial equality in Chicago, if not the world.As a Fact and Faith installment in Columbia’s Critical Encounters series, “Radical Disciple” is a documentary that focuses on Pfelger’s impact on culture an...

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