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

Fresh Start Day Care Center

For Corey Britt, the founder and owner of Fresh Start Day Care Center in Chicago, a partnership with Urban Partnership Bank is literally opening new doors for his business.


For more than 40 years, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs has worked to promote social and economic justice for disadvantaged communities throughout Chicago.

Ensuring Your Future, Building Your Legacy: Free Estate and Financial Planning Seminar

At this free workshop, experts in estate and financial planning will provide advice on topics such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and insurance. They will discuss planning for your financial future and taking charge of your assets. 

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