June 19, 2013 |
Englewood and South Lawndale each recorded two homicides in the last week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data. In Englewood, a 19-year-old man was shot to death Sunday in the 7400 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said. Three days earlier, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in the 6400 block of South Normal Avenue, according to officials. In South Lawndale, an 18-year-old man was shot to death Sunday in the 4000 block of West 31st Street, police said.
November 27, 2012 |
Anthony Davis' basketball story is about as unlikely as they come. Two years ago, playing in the NBA was just a dream for the Englewood native who outgrew his clothes and his bed nearly as fast as he rose to hoops superstardom. A 6-foot-2 guard who sprouts into an athletic, 6-10 shot blocker is the equivalent of hitting the genetic lottery in basketball. Especially when you consider the way Davis parlayed it into becoming the top player in his high school class, a McDonald's All-American, a national championship winner at Kentucky, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA...
May 22, 2014 |
Guns, gangs, and violence are unmistakable themes in Michael Block's latest video game, but those expecting "Grand Theft Auto: Chicago" will be greatly disappointed. In "We Are Chicago," the DePaul grad's indie project about life in Englewood, to be released for PC in September, there are no drive-bys or beatdowns depicted onscreen. The game's main character, an African-American teenager named Aaron, doesn't lay a finger on a gun. Instead, gamers will experience everyday life: walking to school, working at a fast-food joint or hanging out in a park while...
June 18, 2013 |
This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours. The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood's urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of promoting exercise and...
September 4, 2013 |
Too few businesses in Englewood give back to the embattled and poverty-stricken neighborhood, according to Sunni Powell, owner of Powell's Barber Shop. To kick off the start of the new school year, Powell and seven barbers from his shop at 1139 W. 63rd St. donated their time to provide free back-to-school haircuts to youths in the South Side community. Powell said giving the free haircuts, offered Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 3 and the rest of today, is an effort to “encourage kids to go to school and stay in school.” The first...
August 28, 2012 |
One Englewood resident is hoping a film fest can be one weapon in the fight against Chicago violence. Mark Harris, the man behind the second annual Englewood Film Festival, wants to send a positive message with the Oct. 26-28 event. "Our message is that there is a way out, and violence doesn't have to be the answer," he said. "I think art can change a life. " After receiving virtually no support from local businesses, politicians or community leaders leading up to last year's festival, Harris has turned to the internet for help funding the fest.