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

Business in the Ironbound is suffering as Newark’s fearful immigrant community hides

Alessandra's Beauty Salon on Ferry Street is usually packed with Newark immigrants who come to get their hair cut or their nails done. But things have changed. "The people don't come in,'' said Alessandra Lima, the salon owner. "Everybody is worried.'' Elsewhere in the diverse Ironbound section of the city, other business owners tell a similar story. The lunch and dinner crowd at Delicias de Minas restaurant on McWhorter Street is smaller. And immigrant customers have not been showing up as much at the Casa Nova Grill on Adams Street, or a second location across the street from the salon.
March 14, 2017

New Grocery Store Planned For Woodlawn Near Cottage Grove ‘L’ Stop

WOODLAWN — Officials from Preservation of Affordable Housing said Monday they are close to securing a lease with a new grocery store for Woodlawn.
March 14, 2017

Woodlawn sees another chance at revival in Obama library

Like his charismatic father before him, the Rev. Byron Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn, knows how to pack the house and work the crowd. More than 400 people showed up in the church's banquet hall recently to talk about the prospect of a neighborhood renaissance — a painfully elusive goal for the long-idle South Side enclave but one that its backers say is within reach now that the Obama Presidential Center will be built next door in historic Jackson Park.
February 23, 2017