President Barack Obama  44th President
President Barack Obama 44th President
Family and Friends,
Here’s where you can check the news about the City of Chicago and its residents (former and current).
Do you know how many U.S. Presidents lived in the state of Illinois?
  1. Abraham Lincoln – 16th President
  2. Ulysses S. Grant – 18th President
  3. Ronald Reagan – 40th President
  4. Barack Obama – 44th President

Check out President Obama’s 2014: A Year in Photos.

Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable

Did you know that Chicago was found by a black man?  His name is Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable, and he migrated from Haiti to the state of Illinois in the early 1770s.  Du Sable found Chicago in the late 1770s, when the city was named Eschikagou, which means “Land of the Wild Onions”.
"On October 25, 1968, Du Sable was officially recognized as the founder of Chicago by the city and the state of Illinois."  Click on the link to read the story.

Rev. James Meeks
Rev. James Meeks

Monday, January 12, 2015, Bruce Rauner will be sworn in as Illinois’ next Governor. Governor-Elect Rauner is the first Republican Governor in 12 years. On Saturday, January 10, Rauner named a Democrat, Rev. James Meeks, as Chairman of the State Board of Education. Rev. Meeks is the pastor of the 15,000 member Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, and is a former member of the Illinois State Senate, where He was an advocate for education. Rev. Meeks backed Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial election.

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John Fox
John Fox

January 28, 2015

On Monday, January 19th, the Chicago Bears introduced their new Coach, John Fox, and former Coach of the Denver Broncos.  This is the first time that the Chicago Bears hired a coach with experience in the league.  Fox was introduced by the Bear’s new General Manager, Ryan Pace. 

The Bears ended the 2014 Season with a 5-11 record.  With a new coaching staff, Bears fans are HOPEFUL that things will turn around for the team!


January 28, 2015

Chicagoans will pay their respect to Ernest “Ernie” Banks at public services, which will be held on Friday (visitation) and Saturday (memorial) at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.  Ernie, also known as “Mr. Cub”, died last Friday, January 23rd, at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack.  Ernie was the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs.  He played 19 seasons, 1953 through 1971, and wore the number 14.  Take a look back at the life and legacy of Mr. Ernie Banks.

Chicago Neighborhoods

June 26, 2015

"The heart and soul of Chicago lives in our 77 vibrant neighborhoods and within the people who call them home." The next several postings will highlight some of Chicago's historic communities.  Click on the link below to discover other neighborhoods.


Chicago Neighborhood - Bronzeville

Between 1910 and 1920, a tremendous number of African American workers journeyed to Bronzeville to escape oppression in the southern United States. As one of the most significant landmarks of the "Great Migration," this South Side neighborhood is shrouded in a glowing, African American cultural allure.

Bronzeville's 20th century resurgence, which rivaled the Harlem Renaissance, is responsible for tremendous cultural and social advances. Pulitzer Prize recipient Gwendolyn Brooks, civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, and legendary musician Louis Armstrong were profoundly responsible for the area's development and subsequent cultural crusade, which included advances in civil rights, jazz, blues and gospel music as well. 

As part of a community-driven revitalization, Bronzeville seamlessly bridges its historical significance and flourishing modern renaissance. Amongst newly opened coffee shops and restaurants, you will find spectacular displays of Victorian Era architecture. These mansions, which were primarily built in the late 19th century, represent the area's extraordinary display of Gothic, Romanesque and Queen Ann-style design.  

Stunning residential architecture and its storied history aside, the neighborhood's most striking, modern influence is in the realm of public art. Commissioned to help rejuvenate the area, Bronzeville contains some of the most celebrated works within the City of Chicago's Public Art Collection. Of note is a sculpture-adorned stretch of Martin Luther King Drive that features Alison Saar's "Monument to the Great Northern Migration," The Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and The Victory Monument.


Chicago Neighborhood - Gold Coast

Just north of downtown Chicago, and nestled against the Lake Michigan shoreline, is the Gold Coast. As the name would imply, the area is one of the country's most affluent neighborhoods. With streets that are lined with historic mansions and specialty boutiques, the Gold Coast is an intensely popular area for residents and visitors.

Branching off of The Magnificent Mile is Oak Street, an upscale shopper's dream. The retail revelry includes internationally recognized stores, swanky boutiques and rare, designer fashions. If carrying around loaded shopping bags makes you hungry, you can stop at one of the district's many celebrated restaurants, including Michelin-starred winners and classic Chicago steakhouses.

A day of shopping becomes a night of revelry on the neighborhood's fabled Rush Street. Amongst the prestigious hotels and celebrated eateries, you will find a trove of booming nightlife hot spots and high-energy events. Treat yourself to the Gold Coast, you deserve it.


Chicago Neighborhood - Hyde Park

In 1893 Hyde Park hosted the Chicago's World Fair (known as the Columbian Exposition) which, among other things, introduced the United States to electricity and the Ferris wheel. The event was so grand that it required more than 600 acres of space, the construction of 200 buildings and welcomed close to 30 million people. More than 120 years later, the area is still a profound hinge point of historical and social importance in Chicago.

Bookended by two of the city's most significant cultural institutions, The University of Chicago to the west and The Museum of Science and Industry to the east, Hyde Park is an incredibly popular South Side neighborhood for locals and visitors. The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere and boasts more than 2,000 exhibits. The University of Chicago is a Victorian Gothic-clad, Nobel Prize factory with one of the country's most scenic campuses to boot. Not far from the fabled school, you will find the home of President Barack Obama. The neighborhood's cultural contributions don't end there, either.

Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is widely considered one of the most iconic masterpieces in American design. The DuSable Museum of African American History is the largest institution of its kind in the United States. And the Hyde Park Art Center has been a powerful force in the city's art scene for more than seven decades.


Chicago Neighborhood - Magnificent Mile

With so many stores (about 460 to be more exact) you could spend days just shopping. The Magnificent Mile packs luxury boutiques, department stores and multi-story mega malls all into one eight-block stretch. And that's not including the nearly 300 restaurants and 60 hotels that also make up this cosmopolitan downtown center. Beyond the glossy retail facades, however, lay incredible art and architecture, history and culture.

Make sure to look both up and down as you meander the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River. Incredible bridges and a riverwalk right below street level offer unique views. And iconic buildings soar above including the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower which anchor the south end and the John Hancock Center (Chicago's fourth tallest building) to the north. The neighborhood's most famous monuments, the Historic Water Tower and Pumping Station, are among the oldest structures in Chicago and stand as symbolic reminders of the city's rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.



June 26, 2015

Chicago’s Navy Pier is planning to get a new Ferris wheel in 2016, just in time for the Family Reunion.  You will be among the first to experience the new 196-foot ride.  The new Ferris wheel will have TV screens in glass gondolas and will hold up to 180 more passengers.  Who’s up for the ride???