Englewood Whole Foods A Thriving Community Hub 8 Months After Opening

ENGLEWOOD — Michelle Rashad used to drive from her home in Englewood to the South Loop to do her shopping and socializing. But for the past eight months, the 25 year old has been a near-daily visitor to the new Whole Foods in Englewood. Not only does she live in the community, but she works as a program manager for the Resident Association of Greater Englewood too
June 7, 2017

As Chicago’s black population plunges, whites flock to near downtown

Though Chicago’s overall population fell for the third consecutive year in 2016, U.S. Census Bureau data shows new white residents are flocking to neighborhoods adjacent to downtown while black residents are fleeing some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods in droves.
June 1, 2017

Don’t Be Fooled: Retail’s Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

OAK BROOK, IL—Students of the Bible—or at least of traditional spirituals—will remember that Joshua “fit” the battle of Jericho and toppled the walls with a single trumpet blast. Well, the expelled air behind the reports of retail’s demise are no match for that used in that long-ago battle.
May 9, 2017

Daley’s Restaurant Is Now Chicago’s Oldest Restaurant … And It Might Move

WOODLAWN — When Schaller’s Pump closed last week after 136 years in Bridgeport, it opened the door for a new holder of the title of Chicago's oldest restaurant. That crown now belongs to Daley’s Restaurant in Woodlawn, which opened at 809 E. 63rd St. in 1892 — 11 years after Schaller's.
May 9, 2017

Driving Neighborhood Growth by Surveying Local Spending Power

Launched in 2016, Chicago TREND works to strengthen neighborhoods by accelerating retail development in communities whose retail markets have often been overlooked, but where appropriate retail investments can be a driver for positive change.
May 9, 2017

Blues museum opening in 2019 in Loop

Chicago blues will soon have a downtown museum dedicated to telling its story. The Chicago Blues Experience, a privately run 50,000-square-foot facility, is slated to open in spring 2019 near Millennium Park.
April 6, 2017

South Side Retail Center Quickly Sells

CHICAGO—Archer Station, a fully leased four tenant shopping center located at 2620-2640 W. Pershing Rd. in Chicago, was just sold for $24,312,811. LA Fitness, Ross Dress for Less, AT&T Wireless and Athletico Physical Therapy occupy the recently-developed property, located at the signalized intersection of Archer Ave. and Pershing Rd. on the South Side.
April 4, 2017

The Neighborhood Has Gentrified, But Where’s the Grocery Store?

In many gentrifying neighborhoods, attracting new residents and restaurants is the easy part. Finding the right mix of retail is much harder. If you’re an urban pioneer who settled in downtown Cleveland sometime in the past decade, you’re probably happy with the neighborhood’s progress. Even as the city as a whole has continued to lose population, the central area has revived thanks to an influx of young and educated newcomers
April 3, 2017

On Chicago’s South Side, gentrification is not the great evil

Gentrification is a boogeyman on Chicago’s South Side. But in reality it’s a phantom. The term is bandied about whenever people experience or anticipate neighborhood change. Gentrification has become a proxy for feelings of unsettlement or uncertainty about whether those changes are meant to benefit black folk.
March 20, 2017

Mitchell: Investing in retail strips is one way to fight crime

It is  hard to believe, but 75th Street, between Jeffery and Yates, was jumping in the ’80s. Today, when you drive through the area, you might see two or three stragglers. Outside of fast-food joints, there are more vacant storefronts than there are retail establishments. The residents living in this part of the city take the desolation in stride.
March 14, 2017