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Coming up next week is the Englewood Virtual Village Meeting! We will be gathering virtually one last time to discuss everything Englewood, and have an exciting lineup of guest speakers that are looking to connect + build with Englewood residents. For updates on projects happening in the community, ways to get involved, and to connect with your neighbors or other community champions, make sure you zoom in with R.A.G.E. next Tuesday 5/17 at 4:30 pm for the Englewood Virtual Village Meeting!  Register now at and come ready to connect + build + take action in our beloved Englewood!

Englewood, speak up & get involved with the future of our community! The Greater Englewood INVEST South/West is scheduled for 3:30-4:30pm today. If you are interested in learning more about the progress of INVESTSouth/West in Englewood, offering feedback, and getting involved join the Community Roundtable on zoom today!

Topic: Englewood Community Roundtable

Time: May 11, 2022 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 850 2789 5675 Passcode: 508814

To learn more about the Englewood INVEST South/West initiatives click here

For the past several years, Englewood has been rising. Community residents, organizers, workers, and leaders have worked to attract and sustain business and community development. When corporations don’t see the magic and momentum in Englewood. It becomes their loss and definitely our opportunity to engage with others that want to invest in a thriving community. We are confident that the next operator will work alongside community stakeholders.

During Whole Foods’ tenure, residents were hired, trained, and grew within the company. Small Black-owned businesses developed and were able to expand their products throughout the city. The legacy of our work with Whole Foods is impressive. Englewood Whole Foods supported more Black-owned businesses than any other Whole Foods in the nation because the Englewood community made that happen.

Greater Englewood still has a menu of local healthy food options led by the community for the community. This includes but are not limited to; Dion’s Chicago Dream, the Go Green Community Fresh Market, Getting Grow Collective, IMAN Food and Wellness Center, Chicago Food Depository, Sistas in the Village, Englewood Food Sovereignty Network, Growing Home, Top Box Foods, and Grow Greater Englewood, Englewood Village Farmers. 

Our next steps include finding another healthy and quality food retailer to take the anchor located at 63rd and Halsted. This is a historic, transit-oriented hub that will see millions of public investments in the next few years. Englewood needs great healthy food options, and just as important, we need jobs and career opportunities so that residents can continue to thrive. 

While we were disappointed that Whole Foods is leaving, we remain proud of what we accomplished. Our community’s work was more than transactional; this community transformed Whole Foods, and collectively we changed peoples’ lives. That we can both celebrate and Englewood will keep rising!!!

Get ready to unite in the name of Englewood this weekend! The 9th Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day is happening Saturday, May 14th. R.A.G.E. will be cleaning up the blocks surrounding the future site of the new R.A.G.E. headquarters at 59th & Racine. Meet us on the block at 10:00 am to clean Racine as part of the R.A.G.E. team and email us at if you’d like to volunteer on our crew! ! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the largest community clean-up on the South Side of Chicago

Also happening Saturday is the 16th Ward Community Meeting. Join 16th Ward Alderman Stephanie Coleman for special community updates, including the 16th Ward Candidate Forum & Englewood SSA. If you are a member of the 16th ward or Englewood resident join the commUNITY conversation tomorrow at Ombudsman Chicago South Campus, located at 6037 S. Western Ave from 9:30 am to 12pm.

On Monday, April 25th several adults from the community who were inside the school made their way to the 2nd floor during the changing of class and fought students. Three students were injured in this assault. Please join a virtual community meeting tonight, Monday, May 2, 2022 from 6 PM to 7 PM. This is an open meeting where all Englewood Stakeholders are invited.

Englewood STEM HS Stakeholder Meeting

Monday, May 2 · 6:00 – 7:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: quey-tof

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 304-790-6367‬ PIN: ‪730 967 243‬#

Link to NBC news article about the incident:

At Least 3 Students Hurt in Fight with Parent at Chicago High School – NBC Chicago

For more info contact Denise Dyer at

During this month’s Members’ Only Meeting we debuted the R.A.G.E. Member Satisfaction Survey, and want to thank you all who have completed it thus far!! As a member-driven organization, your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and so we are asking ALL our R.A.G.E. members to take a brief 5 minutes to complete this Member Satisfaction Survey. Completing the survey will also give you an opportunity to win a $25 gift card for Amazon! Your feedback is truly important to us, so knock it out real quick! Visit to contribute and let us know if you have any questions!

Not a R.A.G.E. Member yet? It’s time to get off the sidelines and into action. Join R.A.G.E. today to help create positive change in the Englewood community! Our diverse group of members includes homeowners, stakeholders, business owners, professionals, students, parents and grandparents in every ward in the city of Chicago. Don’t just be part of the crowd, be a source of light in it. Challenge yourself and #JoinRAGE today at!

The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot is now accepting applications to receive $500 in cash assistance per month for twelve months.

Chicago residents who meet all of the following eligibility requirements are eligible to enter the lottery:

  • You reside in the City of Chicago AND
  • You are 18 years of age or older AND
  • You have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19 AND
  • Your household income level falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level

The application will be available online until 11:59pm Friday, May 13 at Visit to see if you are eligible and apply for the lottery.

Special opportunity for RAGE members and/or any Englewood residents! This week WBEZ Presents: Legally Stolen Live will be hosted at Kennedy-King on Thursday, April 28th and R.A.G.E. has free tickets for you! To claim yours send an email to with the title “Free Tickets”. In the body of the email include your name, phone number, and if you would like to claim 1 or 2 tickets for the event.

Tickets are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis, and will run-out quickly!

This podcast event will be hosted by Tiff Beatty of the National Public Housing Museum and Social Justice Artist, RAGE Co-founder, Tonika Lewis Johnson as part of her project, Inequity for Sale. Inequity for Sale is a virtual and physical exploration of Englewood homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50s and 60s.

Featured guests, Amber Hendley, Robin Rue Simmons, and Marisa Novara, discuss reparations and redress for legalized theft from Black people and communities impacted by predatory real estate practices and art as a catalyst for change.

To claim yours send an email to with the title “Free Tickets”. In the body of the email include your name, phone number, and if you would like to claim 1 or 2 tickets for the event.

Message from Eddie Johnson of Antioch Community Social Service Agency

Dear Community Partners and Englewood Residents: 

On behalf of the staff, board members and volunteers of the Antioch Community Social Service Agency (ACSSA) we would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your partnership throughout the years. 

As you know, we have experienced a minor setback with the recent fire at our beloved church but we are still committed and dedicated to serve the Englewood Community.  We would like to provide our community partners and residents an update; we ask that you join ACSSA and Antioch M.B. Church on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM inside the St. Bernard Ambulatory Care Center, 6307 S. Stewart Avenue.

Again, thank you for supporting the ongoing efforts of ACSSA and we know with your continued support we will rebuild again. 

Eddie Johnson III, Executive Director 


For more info contact Eddie Johnson III directly at

Special Service Areas (SSA), known as Business Improvement Districts in other cities, are local tax districts that fund services and programs through a property tax levy within a district. Examples of SSA-funded projects include public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business expansion, special events; security; and storefront improvements. The proposed boundaries for the Englewood SSA district are on 63rd Street from Wallace to Ashland, and on Ashland Ave from 55th Street to 71st Street.

The Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation is distributing this survey with the goal to generate the needs of the Englewood community along the 63rd Street and Ashland corridors. If you work or live in the Greater Englewood community, please complete the community SSA survey here.

For more information or questions, please reach out to Vanessa Stokes,