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Visit our comprehensive directories: Community Resources and Non Profit Organizations of Hyde Park-Kenwood (includes a section, Nonprofit- and Community-building Resources), Helpers for Nonprofits. Nonprofits and media. Find more directories and resources in Calendars and Directories home. See also Good Neighbors and volunteer-generosity opportunities and our Help Line page.

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Navigator to the partner programs here.

For more on Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, Hyde Park Art Center see our Arts News page.
Friends of Blackstone Library, Harper Court Arts Council, Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club programs and Southside Preservation Action Fund have their own pages.
Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture, Hyde Park Jazz Society see also their websites and comments in our Arts News and Arts Directory.
Coalition for Equitable Community Development: See its website. Our track and additional info are in a separate page.

Bulletins, Meetings and fundraisers
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HPKCC helps program at Neighborhood Club, which is launching updates and fund drive
Information and collaboration


Bulletins, Meetings and fundraisers

South East Chicago Commission announced on Nov. 1 its annual neighborhood beautification grants (up to 10,000 for nonprofit locations). Contact Wendy Walker Williams at SECC, 773 324-6926. Attendance at info session Jan. 6 required.
Check also with Harper Court Arts Council for its next round of grants for nonprofits.

Blackstone Bicycle Works trailer burned with the inventory, and they need financial help. Contact Experimental Station,

November 6, Saturday, 12:30 pm, 1 pm program (a half hour earlier than usual). Hyde Park Older Women's League. “Empowerment by Giving Back to the Community”, featuring Jennifer Bosch, Director, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, on volunteer opportunities at the Club and other local organizations. First Unitarian Church, Pennington Center, (north side) Religious Education Room. More information at 773) 643-8403 or

Music teachers aid food programs- Herald, June 2, 2010

A local food program that continue to report a record surge in need is being lent a hand by some local artists this week. The Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Food Programs are reporting a doubling of users of it food panty and an increase in visitors to its soup kitchen's four meals per week. More than 800 people visit its Saturday food pantry at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., each month, according to Rev. Susan Johnson, head of th church. More than 200 people are visiting the soup kitchen, she said. '

"This is obviously very important right now," said Elaine Smith, a music instructor who is the founder and a past president of the Music Teachers of Hyde Park, a group that will raise money for the programs through a "Performathon" this weekend. Current music teachers President Andrea Holliday agreed. "We sense the pressure on the hunger project mounting since the recession began," Holiday said. "Things have gone from bad to way worse for a lot of folks."

The timing couldn't be better, Johnson said. "The summer is always harder for us, Johnson said, explaining that the children of lower income families who are fed by chicago Public Schools food programs during the school year ar often left out in the summer, meaning they have to find a nourishing meal wherever they can. "We'll have more children on our docket all summer," Johnson said. "during the year, we hardly see children in the soup kitchen.

The Performathon is a two-day-long performance by students of the Music Teachers of Hyde Park, where residents can sponsor a student who wil perform works of their own choosing during a recital at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, and a Saturday recital at the Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Holliday noted the proximity of Montgomery Place to the annual 57th Street Art Fair, happening at the same time. "Our principal venue at Montgomery Place is a pretty short stol away from the art fair," she said.

beyond the weekend event, Johnson said the program is accepting monetary donations, durable goods and toiletries. Also clothing, especially professional clothing is needed. The Hyde Park Hunger Programs accept monetary donations and are always on the lookout fort the following items: tooth paste, tooth brushes, dental floss, canned goods, fruit juice and sources of protein. The program does not have the space currently to store fresh food donations. Any large organizations considering a donation should call the church first to determine need. 773 363-6063, The recession has driven many middle- and working-class Hyde Parkers into underemployment and unemployment, according to Johnson, and these families largely make up the spike in need. Johnson urges all Hyde Parkers to make donations, no matter how modest. "Even when we're in a recession, I continue to feel the best way is for everyone to give a modest donation so that if anyone has a problem, the need can be met," Johnson said, adding that support of the program is in keeping with Hyde Park's character. "That's the reputation Hyde Park has," she said.

[How to help through the Performathon:] Visit the Music teachers of Hyde Park web site -- -- and click on "Performathon" on the right hand side of the front page. from there, you can see the Performathon schedule and schedule a pledge form. Send an e-mail to and you will be connected to a teacher whose students you can pledge support to. Write a check and send it to MTHP, 1456 E. Park Place, chicago, IL 60637. Write "hunger" in the memo space.


OWL monthly with special topic presentations- 1st Saturdays 1 pm at First Unitarian except July-September; June's is on 2nd Saturday.

Overall pattern: re-gains in services and nonprofits are being made in summer 2010, but changes at the Neighborhood Club create a challenge to heft and under-one-roof character of senior programs. Successes noted for week of Aug. 30 include at Chicago Child Care Society (a former Blue Gargoyle program), Neighborhood Club senior program relocations looking better, GenTech camp students prove ready inventors of apps.

Op Shop surge: Local groups join forces with social, arts space. Example: Herald, May 4, 2011. By Daschell M. Phillips.

The Op Shop hosted a potluck with several Hyde Park senior organizations last Friday to provide a platform for seniors to share its hopes and wishes for the community and possibly develop new social clubs. Members of the Hyde Park Village, God Neighbors and Older Women's League (OWL) participated in the social gathering and brought their food and drink offerings as well as ideas about clubs, services and gathering places they would like to see be available to seniors.

Since the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club changed its focus to youth services, the senior services that once met at the club are now scattered to different locations within the neighborhood. Laura Shaeffer, founder of the Op Shop, said the seniors have stayed in contact in pat through the Good Neighbors online Google Group [and the Hyde Park Village Google Group], which [were] started by Hyde Parker Jay Mulberry, so the Op Shop decided to invite them to a potluck for some face-to-face time.

"We're calling this a sustenance social," Shaeffer said. "Socializing is good for your health just as much as eating a healthy meal." During the social, participants were asked to post their needs, wants, hopes and wishes for teh community on the "Big Wall" and to list any new groups and clubs they want started. "We hope interest groups and clubs will come from this event," sid Susan Alitto, Hyde Park Village representative and member of O.W.L. and Good Neighbors. "Game night, gourmet food club or book clubs are all great possibilities."

The potluck was another way to hear from the community and "figure our what our village is going to look like," said Margaret Huyck, secretary of the Hyde Park O.W.L., president of National O.W.L. and member of the Hyde Park Village coordinating committee. "I think the village will be able to support what we were trying to do at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club," Huyck said. "Those who came to the club appreciated it but not many seniors came to the club." She said in order to run a really good senior program the seniors needed a different space, and the village is looking forward to building a place of comfort where they can listen to music, play games, have reading groups and just get together for social time with others.

WHO'S HERE ? Not all are, but this list will send the named who are not to their pages or websites. For the main listings of contacts and missions visit Community Nonprofit Organizations. HPKCC is concerned that they all be able to weather the economic storm and state financial crisis and can find more ways to work together.

Blackstone Branch Library for the library's fabled story, including 2009 restoration of the murals. Programs (CPL website).

Friends of Blackstone Library is HPKCC's newest committee, having been welcomed in August 2008. FOB meets first Wednesdays, 6 pm in the library--the city's first branch--4904 S. Lake Park. Contact Brenda Sawyer, call the library at 312 747-0511. A growing array of children's and youth programs, book clubs, and Friend's series of programs with local authors/
See the monthly schedule in Friends of Blackstone Page.


Chicago Child Care Society- more under The Next Step. 5467 S. University Avenue. 773 643-0452.
Exec. Dir. Nancy Johnstone. Development Erin C. Walton, 773 256-2459, Co-director Deb Hagman-Shanon.
Child Welfare Programming- Curt Holderfield.
Since 1849, when established as an orphanage after the great cholera epidemic, CCCS is Chicago's and Hyde Park's oldest child welfare agency. Mission is to safeguard vulnerable children and reinforce their families first is their aim. Recently received a major grant from the University of Chicago. Funding at the center has been stable, being mostly federal or private, including for early childhood, but state and other cuts and delays threaten girl-oriented foster care, tutoring and mentoring children, and people taking in children of relatives.
Right at Home Parent-Baby Drop In, Thursdays 10:30-noon at the Townhouse, 5459 S. University.
Child and Family Development Center serves 2-5s in Community Day Care for working parents.
There is also Homeless Day Care and Protective Day Care. Takes both community and DCFS kids including pick up to and from shelters. "
Clinical family services such as foster care and adoptions. Licensed therapists.
Next Step program prepares teenage mothers and dads for college.
From CCCS: Our mission statement: CCCS exists to protect vulnerable children and
strengthen their families. We strive to be among the premier providers
of high quality and effective child welfare services. We serve both
children and families in the following programs:

* Child and Family Development Center (CFDC): day care program with children between ages of 2 to 5 years old.

* Counseling program: family oriented counseling for the agency's foster care programs and the CFDC program.

* Education Support Program: provides services to children who are experiencing academic, behavioral and attendance difficulties and are at risk of expulsion or dropping out of school.

* The Extended Family Support Program provides short term support to individuals caring for related children.

* The Teen Alliance Program: provides DCFS wards with a unique foster care experience.

* The Safe Life Program: is an HIV/AIDS prevention and education program aimed at providing information to adolescents about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

* The Teen Parenting Initiative Program serves pregnant and parenting teens that are enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools.

* The Next Step Program is a college readiness program with mentoring support for high school mothers with one child.

In summer of 2010, CCCS assumed a former Blue Gargoyle literacy/GED program for parents of children 0-3, thanks to a grant from the Barbara Bush foundation. The program starts October 1. CCCS will also have a new Early Head Start program and expanded HIV program. The former, made possible by a large grant, includes home visitation -- 4 home visitors will each visit 12 families a week. The HIV program is for youth and one of few agencies that actually received more from the state. It includes not only focus groups (small-group orientation on lifestyle changes) but for CCCS to teach its HIV education presentation in schools , testing, counseling.

(Our) Common Threads will hold classes in gardening and cooking with much more this summer in conjunction with St. Paul and the Redeemer and Kenwood Park. This org. is the foundation of Oprah's chef Art Smith. 312 876-1289. More info in Good Neighbor page.

Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council- see in Community Organizations. 1448 E. 52nd St. Box 117, Chicago, ILl 60615.

Experimental Station and Blackstone Bicycle Works.

This is a collaborative of several businesses and nonprofits occupying a former warehouse at 6100 S. Blackstone, led by Connie Spreen and her husband artist Dan Peterman. It has performance and meeting space (very valuable to groups such as Hyde Park Community Players), houses the Invisible Institute online research-media-advocacy organization of Jamie Kalven, Blackstone Bicycle works, and coordinates a progressive farmers market. It works for sustainable neighborhoods and often exhibits art or holds concerts.

Blackstone Bicycle Works buys used and damaged bikes and trains and pays young people to repair them, be responsible and sustainable, and learn how to set up and manage a business. Phone for Blackstone Bicycle Works is 773 241-5458.

Latest message from Blackstone Bicycle Works, April 7, 2011.

Greetings, friends of Blackstone Bicycle Works,

Happy Spring to everyone! Though it's nearing Easter and far from Thanksgiving, we nonetheless have a list of things to be thankful for--like Lasante, our baseball star, getting a beautiful new glove, boxes of food and huge jars of peanut-butter, new, dedicated volunteers who have already built strong relationships with our young people, and weekly deliveries of fresh fruit--all thanks to you! The response from our February email has been extraordinary. Thank you for all your support--as we move into warm weather, every little bit we can get is essential to the smooth operations of our shop. Also on that list of thanks is one going out to everyone involved in making a beautiful video about Blackstone which you can find on youtube! Definitely check it out!

For those of you on campus, we'd like to send a big thank you to everyone who made it out to our annual Spring sale on Monday, April 4th and the folks at Recycles and Facilities who made it possible (and our volunteer ad-man Seth!). It was our best showing yet, with 25 bikes sold! A lot of hard work went into building those bikes up over the last couple of months and it's great to see people riding them all over the neighborhood. We were lucky enough to get a donation the next day of 30 bikes, which will keep us busy this month. We aim to have at least 10 bikes refurbished and ready for sale every Saturday. Send anyone looking for a good bike our way, as well as anyone looking to donate a bike, as we may run out of bikes by the end of the month.

Last on our list of thank-yous, we'd like to thank the Chicago White Sox, who graciously donated 80 tickets to Blackstone, giving us the opportunity to invite kids and parents to our first Family Fun Night at the ballpark. For most of the youth, this will be their first major-league baseball game. Every fall we take them to a Northwestern football game with our donors, the Springboard Foundation--but, unlike that game, we have no money budgeted for this trip. We are not letting this opportunity go to waste, though, and have arranged donations of food and ordered two school-buses to take us from Woodlawn to Sox Park. This takes a significant chunk out of our travel budget (which is usually spent on snacks to take on bike rides or CTA cards for trips downtown) so we are asking for donations to expand our travel budget and to be able to take full advantage of opportunities like these in the future. You can donate through Paypal to the Experimental Station, with "Blackstone Bicycle Works trips" or just "Blackstone Bikes" in the Description line or swing by the shop anytime we're open.

And, for real, check out the video: We're really proud of how it turned out--even though it's an ad--at least it's the best ad for coffee we've ever seen!

Hyde Park Art Center 5520 S. Cornell. 773 324-5520.

Hyde Park Art Center responds to economic slowdown, encounters criticism, is defended

February 4 2009 Hyde Park Herald, Will hold town meeting Feb. 9. By Kate Hawley

The flagging economy has prompted the Hyde Park Art Center's board of director to eliminate four staff positions as part of an effort to cut expenditures by about 15 percent. ...The four positions represent about a quarter of the center's staff. "We would love to keep those positions, but there's been a decline in revenues, both contributed and earned," said Executive Director Chuck Thurow. "It was strictly because of financials." "It's tough times for all the arts organizations," he added. "In this kind of dramatic downtown, the arts organizations seem like a luxury of some kind." Strong questions were asked,a nd a public meting was held, which answered most people's concerns.

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce now located at 5501 S. Everett, 60637. 773 288-0124. Executive Director Lenora Austin, President Greg Teague. Works collaboratively with many organizations.

Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force. A coalition of several organizations including HPKCC, HP Chamber of Commerce, Older Women's League, and the 5th Ward, it seeks recognition of rights, respect and fair treatment, and to ameliorate less accessible or misused facilities public (like sidewalks and intersections) and private for those with disabilities. Visit Disabilities and Business Packet pages. Contact (please use instead or

Hyde Park Historical Society: Visit our page, At and About the Society. President Ruth Knack.
5529 S. Lake Park Avenue, 773 493-1893.

Late February Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner- and a full suite of year long programs and exhibits. Important archives maintained at Regenstein Library Special Collections; library in the headquarters.

HPKCC collaborates with the Society for accurate collective memory and its dissemination and on preservation issues, which are a major component of neighborhood quality of life and "community", an in support for ad hoc advocacy groups such as that for the Point. We jointly promote the Hyde Park Preservation Working Group.


Hyde Park Jazz Society and Jazz Festival. See details in Cultural and Arts Directory and the Jazz Festival page (latest is facts-demographics-opportunities provided by). The wildly successful Hyde Park Festival (last Saturday in September) is a project of Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture (, Hyde Park Jazz Society, and University of Chicago.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference., About. More information.

Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Programs.
Barbara Currie appeals for help for local hunger programs. Nexus for this area is the Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Program, centered at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn and satellites at churches to the north. There is also a monthly Saturday breakfast at United Church. See in Helpline for more. Watch for announcements of benefit concerts in November and December.

Donations can be made online at, or checks can be made out to the Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Programs , c/o Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Il 60637. For further information on the program, please call Rev. Susan Johnson at 773 363-6063.


Hyde Park Kiwanis

President Camille Hamilton-Doyle.
Contact Rosemary and Dick Snow (Secretary) or John Will (Treasurer) at 1507 E. 53rd St. Box 120, Chicago, IL 60615. 773 324-8645. 773-643-8089, Fax 773 643-8091, Call 773 955-5035.
For more information about Kiwanis projects or to participate contact Jon Will at Local- in the district website, Nationally,
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12 pm, Ramada Inn, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive. Call 324-8645.

Since 1921. Local chapter 1926. We're a group of men and women, business and professional leaders of Hyde Park who are members of a world-wide service organization founded in 1916. It is non-sectarian, apolitical an non-discriminatory. Our cause: to serve kids!
Holds a spring benefit, supported by Ald. Preckwinkle and the Herald. More updated is in the Community Nonprofits Directory.

Purpose: To raise money for charitable purposes locally and nationally, including Christmas gifts for local indigent children, supporting the Neighborhood Club, supporting a camp for disabled children, research in medicine related to children, and the 57th Street Children's Book Fair in September. And it fosters sociality and the business community. Watch for the peanut vendors several times a year-next September 24, 2004. Looking for young additions! Children can enter through the Builders and Key clubs.
"We're a group of men and women in Hyde Park who are members of a world-wide service organization founded in 1916. The Hyde Park Club dates from 1921 and is composed of business and professional leaders; it is non-sectarian, apolitical and non-discriminatory. Our cause: to serve kids!"
-Support Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
-Cosponsor 4th on 53rd July community parade
-Nichols Park/OP Shop Community Garden
-Cosponsor the 57th Street Children's Book Fair
-Prepare food and gift baskets for needy families during the holiday
-Support families in Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project
-Sponsor and actively support the Kenwood Academy and King High School Key Clubs
-Billy Jonas Family Sing-a-long
-Support Sea Scout program at Jackson Harbor
-Support division and international children's programs such as survivors of spina bifida and brain tumors

Peanut Days last Friday in September (9-23, 24 2011), Baseball Sox game June 8- visit

May 17, 2011- gave a sizable check to Laura Shaeffer of Op Shop for Nichols Park Community Learning Garden.


Hyde Park Neighborhood Club: 5480 S. Kenwood, 773 643-4062. Celebrating 100 years.
New programs! (773) 743-4062. Visit their refurbished website! linked above.
The programs focus on young childhood through teens. Director is Sarah Diwan, who expects to expand upon their experience (and the affiliated Baby PhD) to grow oferings from infancy through older kids even more including afterschool and athletics.

Board president Bethany Pickens.

Details on new construction are in Neighborhood Club Programs.

Motto: "Learn.... Grow,"As we celebrated the beginning of our second century of service to Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods, we've adopted a new graphic look for the Club, a place where generations grow together. The new programs we launched this spring (2010) support stronger families, increase empathy and understanding across generation, gender, and economic boundaries, and address community-wide concerns about literacy, health and wellness, and teen safety. Become a fan on Facebook."


Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project: (Visit also the website of Coalition for Equitable Community Development.)

Meets 3rd Monday 7 pm at Augustana Church.
At/c/0 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 6o637. President Rev. Celeste A. Frazier.

Meets at Augustana Lutheran. Call Allan at 773 643-8061, THP website,
Download brochure and quarterly newsletter.
Helps families become self sustaining in mentored housing settings for up to two years. Volunteers needed and trained.

For more information visit the Ending Homelessness page. A quarterly brochure is available.
Currently houses 3 families, whom it is training for self -sufficiency. For more information visit the Ending Homelessness page. A quarterly brochure is available from the org.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Transitions- environmental focus. To learn more.


Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council performs a host of services to the community and its ongoing conversation. Services include food pantries. See in Faith Communities, Helpline, Nonprofits or Resources.


Little Black Pearl and Design Center
1060 E. 47th St. 773 285-1211.

Black Pearl ramps up to meet needs in and out of schools, partner with a special charter
Hyde Park Herald, July 28, 2010. By Daschell Phillips
After a yearlong review, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held a public hearing last Monday for the Joshua Johnston Charter School, which was proposed by Little Black Pearl Art Center and Prologue Alternative School. CPS officials said the school's unique student target and CPS's budget are what kept the proposal in pending status for so long. Joshua Johnston, which would be named after the first African American slave to become an artist, would be an open enrollment program that serves youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are at risk of dropping out of school. The school would focus on fine arts and design, academics and entrepreneurial education.

At Monday's hearing, which was attended solely Prologue staff, parents and students and Little Black Pearl staff, testimony was given about how Prologue has helped students of dropping out make it to college. Shertina Boykin, who graduated from Prologue this year, said "I've been to four different schools, and Prologue was the last stop for me. Schools like [Joshua Johnston] are needed to help stop the dropout rate," she said.

Regina Jones, whose son Patrick White is a graduate of Prologue, said the school's programs are an important part of what makes the school successful with at-risk youth. "Parents don't rely on students needing extra services, but when my son was given services outside of school I found they were very much needed," Jones said. The art and entrepreneurial, classes at Little Black Pearl are a part of those supplemental services offered to the students at Prologue.

Since 1999, Little Black Pearl has been providing art programs to schools with high numbers of at-risk students and in 2008 Little Black Pearl partnered with the CPS Department of Dropout Prevention and Recovery Arts Program. So when Prologue teamed up with arts center to create an official charter school to target this group of students they knew it would be beneficial to the school system. Although CPS was acquainted with Little Black Pearls' work, the Joshua Johnston Charter SChool did not make Ron Huberman's list of new charter school recommendations in November 2009 because officials wanted to make sure that CPS had the proper tools to evaluate the proposed school model, said Rachel Ksenyak, interim director of recruitment and selection in the CPS Office of New Schools. Ksenyak said once the idea was further evaluated by CPS third-party provider School Works and experts from other charters across the country that use a similar model, the Joshua Johnston proposal was left pending a little longer because CPS's budget wasn't finalized.

The school, which is expected to open in the fall, will start out with 150 students and bed housed in the Little Black Pearl studio at 1060 E. 47th St. while the search for a larger space int Kenwood area takes place, said Monica Haslip, executive director of the Little Black Pearl. Now that the hearing has taken place, Huberman's recommendations will be discussed at the next CPS board meeting on July 28.


Older Women's League (OWL) Illinois and Hyde Park

Chicago Tel. no: 312 347-0011 (watch for revision)

Allison Hartman (Illinois Chair) Lorie Rosenblum. E-mail Alice Brown, Co-Presidents Ken Schug and Judy Roothaan, Ellie Hall. Older Women's League of Hyde Park and Illinois (OWL),
Hyde Park Chapter: Judy Roothan, Ken Schug. E-mail Alice Brown, Judy Roothaan.

Open to anyone of all ages. Presents programs and advocates on issues of interest to midlife and older women, and advocates for policy changes on the state and national level. Areas of interest: personal & financial security, health and prescription drugs, image of midlife and older women, access to housing and housing alternatives, ending discrimination against women and the elderly including in the workplace, caregiving. Works on accessible and convenient transportation, traffic interface, sidewalks and crosswalks, snow removal et al.

The Hyde Park Chapter meets alternate (even) 1st Saturdays, 2 pm (earlier social) at First Unitarian Church (Chris Moore Parlor), 5650 S. Woodlawn.

Open to anyone of all ages. Presents programs and advocates on issues of interest to midlife and older women, and advocates for policy changes on the state and national level. Areas of interest: affordability. transportation and accessibility, personal & financial security, health and prescription drugs, image of midlife and older women, access to housing and housing alternatives, ending discrimination against women and the elderly including in the workplace, caregiving. Senior friendly and accessible community.
For OWL monthly newsletters visit

Op Shop and coming S.H.o.P. Op Shop (Opportunity Shop). Next location (Op Shop V) tba. It will move around. A temporary new and experimental pop-up art store (and thrift store and much more. This is expected to be a long-term set of venues/projects that moves around, creating alternative sites of exchange and collaborative/interdisc. projects including installation around community-based art in vacant urban spaces. Artists hang, price, negotiate and control their works like in an outdoor market. Thurs-Sun 11 am-7 pm. Space also for rent for events evenings. Laura Shaeffer (Home Gallery).
Coming soon if all is worked out S.H.o.P. a more permanent space that would include a wood shop, Wisdom Bridge tutoring and much more.

September 24, Sunday, evening. Launch party for S.H.o.P. (Southside Hub of Production) at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn. For a year, this collective of independent nonprofit organizations and individuals will contain a wood shop, a recording studio, art studios, a time bank, a resource library, game room, rec room, community museum, classes, workshops, hosted potlucks, performances, literary events, and art exhibits, debates and conversations, and have office and meeting space for nonprofits and ad hocs including the Village, - Midwest Media group, Op Shop, South Side Projections, Dilettante Studios, Resource Center, and several artists. Sponsor Ken Dunn of The Resource Center.

Ronald McDonald House at U of C Medical Center

5444 S. Drexel Ave. Director Mardelle Gubdlach. Provided a place for families of hospitalized children to stay. Also open for several neighborhood activities clubs.

Seminary Co-op Bookstores, other bookstores:
Our bookstores are key resources, especially in that they give so much to and for kids, schools, Blue Gargoyle, Neighborhood Club etc. and bring authors into the neighborhood.
Seminary Co-op was founded in 1961 to reduce book costs for University students and staff and grew, buying the old Staver Bookstore in 1983--a mind-boggling phenomenon of room after room, and took over the Newberry Library bookstore in River North in 1995. It offers significant discounts to members and access to larger buying groups. Seminary's goal is to provide the community with bookstores that customers can be pleased to be members of and support with their patronage. Seminary Co-op achieves this through selection and display of feature books, customer-owner service that goes beyond the trade standard, supporting local institutions, and 150 authors brought to the community yearly. The Co-op has actively worked on the local and national scene for literacy and free speech.

Among our for profit bookstores, which have also been generous collaborers in the community, Powell's Bookstore and its manager Brad Jonas deserve special mention.

South East Chicago Commission

1511 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-6926. Fax 773 324-6685
Executive Director: Wendy Walker Williams, as of March 1 2010. Board President Shirley Newsome.
Purpose: to monitor and improve public safety, housing, code enforcement and community development and planning. Funded and in part community arm of the University of Chicago. Founded in 1952/3. Undergoing major structural and mission change. It will concentrate on economic and community development in a larger area.

Founded by the University and community members in 1952, it had a major role in determining and managing Urban Renewal, then housing, zoning (much later taken over by aldermen), development, and crime/public safety monitoring and analysis. A major civic organization, It is now undergoing changes under a new University of Chicago regime. Here is what the Herald could report August 19, 2009: (By Daschell M. Phillips)

She said the commission's new focus is currently being revised. The commission is also reducing the number of its board members from 77 to 21. Newsome said the large number of board members was difficult to manage. "We could never get a quorum and the only time th whole board came together was during our annual meeting and our annual awards dinner," said Newsome. "We found tha a lot of board members no longer lived in the city or had expired."



Park Advisory Councils:
Programmatic committee affiliate: NPAC/Nichols
HPKCC-hosted website, back office services: JPAC/Jackson