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December 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Englewood may see a virtual makeover next year if a photographer and community activist have their way. Chicago Center for Urban Transformation founder Orrin Williams and Brooklyn photographer Emily Schiffer plan to install art on abandoned buildings in Englewood to inspire South Side residents to imagine what these spaces could be. Schiffer and Williams, for example, proposed placing a sign on an abandoned storefront that says: "See potential....
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May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
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 talking with friends and family.
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SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Winters in Englewood always seem a little colder than anywhere else in the city. Buried underneath all the snow and ice lies a foundational feeling of situational hopelessness and desperation. But when it comes to Derrick Rose, while some may have an aversion to calling him a role model or a hero in a place like Englewood, where he's from, he's certainly both those things. He's also a beacon of hope for many who live there. For adults, there exists a sense of pride that Rose is "one of ours.
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November 13, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
West Englewood has logged five homicides so far this month including a double homicide last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. An 18-year-old man was found shot to death Monday in the 5900 block of South Winchester Avenue, according to officials. Five days earlier, two 28-year-old men were shot to death in the 7300 block of South Laflin Street, police said. On Nov. 3, a man was fatally shot in the 6500 block of South Bishop Street, according to officials.
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June 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
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.
SPORTS
November 27, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
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...
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
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...
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June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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...
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September 4, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin and For RedEye
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...
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August 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
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.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Winters in Englewood always seem a little colder than anywhere else in the city. Buried underneath all the snow and ice lies a foundational feeling of situational hopelessness and desperation. But when it comes to Derrick Rose, while some may have an aversion to calling him a role model or a hero in a place like Englewood, where he's from, he's certainly both those things. He's also a beacon of hope for many who live there. For adults, there exists a sense of pride that Rose is "one of ours.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | RedEye
At long last, Derrick Rose is back. Not just playing preseason games, either. The Bulls' game Tuesday at Miami is the most anticipated Chicago season opener since, well, maybe ever. What did everyone miss most? You can start with this list. Andrew Barber, Fake Shore Drive owner/creator For Rose, I respect the way that he cares so deeply about his city. The day he broke down in tears during his Adidas press conference because of the violence in Chicago, more specifically in Englewood, was so powerful and sincere.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin and For RedEye
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 day of class for the Chicago Public Schools'...
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Finally, some welcome change for CPS students. Powell's Barber Shop, at 1139 W. 63rd Street, is offering free haircuts to all CPS students on Sept. 3 and 4. Sunni Powell, the owner of Powell's Barber Shop, came up with the event to give students a fresh start for a new school year. “When they look good, they feel good,” said Powell, who is also a master barber at his shop and a lifelong Englewood resident. Powell's Barber Shop hosted its first free haircut event last year, at which Powell estimated there were more than 50 attendees.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
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 wellness...
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Lenox Magee, For RedEye
The NATO summit is almost upon us. And while leaders from all over the world will huddle in McCormick Place, solving the world's problems, I am most excited about something that will be happening outside the convention center: On Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to lead spouses of NATO dignitaries on a tour of the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side. I was, frankly, surprised - yet pleased - to hear Obama is planning to show off my side of Chicago. The only problem: They're visiting only one place, when there's so much more the South Side can offer.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | RedEye
At long last, Derrick Rose is back. Not just playing preseason games, either. The Bulls' game Tuesday at Miami is the most anticipated Chicago season opener since, well, maybe ever. What did everyone miss most? You can start with this list. Andrew Barber, Fake Shore Drive owner/creator For Rose, I respect the way that he cares so deeply about his city. The day he broke down in tears during his Adidas press conference because of the violence in Chicago, more specifically in Englewood, was so powerful and sincere.
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