Chatham, a neighborhood that has been called “the jewel of the Southeast Side of Chicago,” is a pleasant residential community with a vibrant commercial strip. The neighborhood is almost entirely African American and is known for its neighborly ambiance. Chatham’s strong social cohesion is evinced by its numerous block clubs and community groups working to keep the community strong.
The residential locale is characterized by bungalows and two-flats, and its commercial hub along 79th Street claims some of the city’s most successful African American-owned businesses. Restaurants serving up Caribbean jerk chicken, smoky barbecue and soul food “done right” are not hard to come by, and fixtures like Dat Donut offer some unusual options like the “Big Dat,” a donut as big as a Frisbee.
There is a local theatre in the area, Chatham 14, which recently opened under new management, and a number of area schools including Simeon Career Academy, John T Pirie Fine Arts & Academic Center, Ted Lenhart Regional Gifted Center and others.
Sources: Encyclopedia of Chicago, City of Chicago website, Chicago Apartment Hunters Website, Wikipedia
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