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The latest news and hot topics impacting our local south side communities.

Ashaki Black History Month Celebration 2-22-2014
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

Event: The Chicago Park District presents the 22nd Annual ASHAKI Black History Month Celebration, which transforms Washington Park Field House, 5531 S. King Dr., into the countries of Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria and Somalia. Free family event with live musical performances, cultural exhibits, vendors and culinary delights that immerse imagination into these countries’ vivid cultures.

February 2014 Business Education Workshops
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

February 2014 - City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free Business Education Workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, open to the public and held at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, in Room 805.

Feb 2014 | SECC Staff

City Launches Paperless Permit & License Portal
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

As part of a continuing effort to make City government more efficient and effective, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of the first phase of an online permit and business license portal that will allow residents, business owners and contractors to easily apply, pay for and print permits and business licenses on the web. The portal launches today with the Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Air Pollution Control (APC) permit, with all City permits and business licenses moving online by 2016.

GHNA: Helping Homeowners Lower Energy Bills
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

Event: Energy Impact Illinois helps homeowners lower your energy bills and increase the comfort of your spaces by providing resources and information on energy-saving improvements. Join us Tuesday, February. 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm. - South East Chicago Commission.

City Hyde Park: 8 Things to Make it Whole
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

HYDE PARK — City Hyde Park, the $114 million shopping center and residential building property, remains within the sights of the developer Mac Properties and its designer Studio Gang Architects despite some scheduling changes. According to a recent article from, Whole Foods has pushed back its expected opening in the City Hyde Park Development to June 2016 or even as late September 2016. - South East Chicago Commission (SECC).

Local School Council (LSC) Is Looking for Leadership
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference encourages you to RUN FOR YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL (LSC). Applications must be submitted by February 26. For more information visit

SECC Partners with U.S Green Building Council
Feb 2014 | SECC Staff

On Tuesday February 4th, 2014 the SECC staff Diane Burnham and Raymonde Vance completed the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter-Community Engagement Training program.

Green Healthy Neighborhoods In Action with 2014 Series
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

The Southside Sustainability Series is a series of 6 FREE workshops in the Woodlawn and Washington Park communities to help bring GREEN awareness and education for all! Green Your Home or Business. 
All residents, business owners, community groups, church groups, & garden clubs welcome! Presented by the South East Chicago Commission (SECC)

Jazz Society Satisfaction on 2nd Tuesday Each Month
Feb 2014 | CEI Media Group

Event: Vibraphonist Justefan plays the first in a monthly free night of jazz in the intimate Café Logan. Come hear some of Chicago’s best jazz talent selected by the Hyde Park Jazz Society while enjoying a food, wine, beer, and a full coffee bar. #hydeparkchicago