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Our So Fresh Saturday kick off event at Sherwood Park on June 2nd was a fun filled four hours! Clicke HERE to view footage of the first So Fresh Saturday event of the summer. Now we are headed to Moran Park for the second stop of our festival park tour located 5727 S. Racine at 2pm-6pm. As always, there will be FREE Food, live Performances, Art, a Resource Fair and more! So join us as we continue our SEVEN park tour throughout Englewood in the name of peace.  


Bring the whole family to these FREE, intergenerational, fun, peaceful events in Englewood! If you are interested in performing email us at  and if you are interested in setting up a resource table or volunteering contact us at 866-845-1032 or email us at!

So Fresh Saturday is a resident driven “edu-tainment” series that will showcase various artistic expressions and educational workshops that will focused on youth, entrepreneurship, hip hop, media, social networks, community activism, and culturally relevant history using music, film, and art! As a part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, this series is designed for all ages in an effort to create a safe space in the parks of our community!


We are proud to feature Valorie Tatum for #MemberMondays!


RAGE member, Valorie Tatum, will celebrate her 52nd birthday this Saturday, June 2nd. And even on her birthday, the lifelong resident will encourage her family and friends to instead, celebrate community on her behalf at this summer’s launch of RAGE’s So Fresh Saturdays fun, family festival series that reclaims Englewood parks with music, games, free food and community resources at Sherwood Park located 5701 S. Shields.  

IMG-1332.JPGEver since Valorie became a RAGE member in 2013, she has been informing her family, neighbors and fellow church members about everything positive and important to Englewood. “I became a member because I saw Aysha’s (RAGE president) vision,”says Valorie. “I saw exactly the positive service  RAGE was trying to do for the community – connecting all generations within the community in order to grow and thrive.” Valorie’s busy schedule as an accomplished author, devoted family caretaker, and Chicago Public Schools learning behavior teacher for 23 years prevents her from attending as many RAGE events as she would like however, she has made it her personal ministry to support RAGE by making sure all of the valuable information RAGE provides is shared and accessible in her 16th ward neighborhood and at her church, Englewood-Rust United Methodist Church located 6400 S. Stewart. “I love how RAGE documents, shares and even creates important community events,” says Valorie. “From its political candidate forums to So Fresh Saturdays, RAGE perfectly demonstrates that Englewood has some highly educated and intelligent people living here.”

Valorie’s appreciation for RAGE is rooted in her own personal interest of storytelling and education. Her parents, Louis Joe and Ruth Tatum, who moved to Chicago from Mississippi and settled in Englewood during the Great Migration, were very head strong about education. They made sure Valorie and her five siblings always did their homework before playing as well as helped them study every night. This family tradition made higher education a passion for Valorie. She went on to receive a pharmacology certification from Kennedy King College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from National-Louis University and a certification in magazine writing from the Institute of Children Literature in West Redding, Connecticut. Currently, she is attending the McCormick Theological Seminary in Hyde Park for her Black Studies Theology certification that she aims to use to teach the history of Black Christianity and spirituality at her church.

IMG-1330Between all of Valorie’s educational accomplishments and pursuits, she also managed to become a published author of six books; two children books and four  spiritual books about overcoming trials and tribulations of life. All of her children books are for children up to age 12 and written to fulfill the literacy standards of special needs students. Her children’s book, Rita Rabbit and the Runaway Pie, is her favorite because she wrote it for her young nephews as a lesson on the consequences of not telling the truth. Rita and the Runaway Pie as well as all of her books can be purchased on by clicking here. Valorie’s dedication to teaching and excellence in writing, led her to be nominated for the Golden Apple Teacher Award in 2004 and receive a Who’s Who in Poetry award.

Valorie has always been a writer. “When I was younger I wasn’t interested in being overly social,” she says. “I like to be by myself so I could read a lot.” Now, as an adult, she still reads and writes to relax. She reads about five books each month. And when she isn’t writing or reading for relaxation, she enjoys dating, movies and traveling all over the country with her book club and spending time with her family which includes over 50 nieces and nephews! Thank you Valorie Tatum for your commitment to the Greater Englewood community!


Whole Cities Foundation and the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) have partnered for a third year to increase healthy food access.

Nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Englewood neighborhood can now apply for a $2,000-$8,000 grant for projects that grow the local food system!

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Info sessions will be held on Thursday, May 31st at Teamwork Englewood located at 815 W. 63rd St. on the 2nd Fl. at 9am and at 4pm. For more info about this grant opportunity see link here:

If you are interested in applying this info session is for you! For more info contact RAGE at 866-845-1032 or email


So Fresh Saturday – June 2 – Sherwood Park – 5701 S. Shields – 2pm-6pm



The season for “So Fresh Saturdays” is here and R.A.G.E. is excited to announce that our 2018 summer park tour will launch on Saturday, June 2nd at Sherwood Park located 5701 S. Shields from 2pm-6pm.  For six years, R.A.G.E. has hosted “So Fresh Saturdays” as part of  Chicago’s larger Nights Out in the Parks effort. Each year R.A.G.E. reclaims local parks in Greater Englewood in the name of peace to offer residents a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival where they can enjoy games, performances by local artists, food, raffles, and relevant resources throughout the summer. This past summer, So Fresh Saturday expanding to include seven parks serving more than 7,000 individuals.

It is with great pride that we provide this free event to residents who are often overwhelmed with negative ideas of what it means to be an inner-city resident of Chicago. The kick-off event for So Fresh Saturdays on June 2nd will include positive entertainment from over 10 local musicians and artists plus offer a community resource fair that brings together nearly 20 organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for resident. Children of all ages can take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, as well as a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food. And in solidarity with the Moms Demand Action and Everytown Survivor Network, we will also wear the color orange to honor all victims of gun violence and survivor families in our city, state and nation.  

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So Fresh Saturdays is true demonstration of our community coming together peacefully to celebrate with entertainment, education, activities, and food. Although we are in Englewood, So Fresh Saturdays is open to all Chicagoans who want peace in our city.” The full schedule is as follows:

  • June 2    – Sherwood Park – 5701 S. Shields –  2pm-6pm
  • June 16  – Moran Park- 5727 S. Racine Ave – 2pm-6pm
  • June 30 –  Hermitage Park – 5839 S. Wood St – 3pm- 7pm
  • July 21   – Murray Park – 1743 W. 73rd St. – 3pm-7pm
  • Aug. 4    – Ogden Park – 6500 S. Racine – 3pm-7pm
  • Aug. 25  – Hamilton Park – 513 W. 72nd – 3pm- 7pm
  • Sept. 22 –  Lindblom Park – 6054 S Damen Ave – 2pm-6pm

If you want to perform at a So Fresh Saturday, please email your songs, videos, links and.or soundcloud information to If you are school, group or organization and want to secure a table as a resource provider at So Fresh Saturday, complete this registration form.SFSCallForArtists

If you haven’t already, please be sure to go “Like” and follow the So Fresh Saturdays Facebook Page for all the exclusive pictures, videos, and updates for our 2017 So Fresh Saturday Summer Park Tour!  

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) is a resident-driven organization whose mission is to mobilize residents of the community, utilizing asset-based development and innovative organizing techniques.

For more information contact us at or 866-845-1032.

Whole Cities Foundation and the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) have partnered for a third year to increase healthy food access.  Nonprofit organizations serving Greater Englewood can now apply for a $2,000-$8,000 grant for projects that grow the local food system!

RSVP at to attend an upcoming grant info session!

For a full list of guidelines and to start your application visit:

Email with any questions.


This opportunity will award $2,000-$8,000 for projects that grow the local food system and increase access to fresh, healthy food in Greater Englewood. Watch how it works, then start your application below. Apply by Wednesday, June 20th. 

Steps to Apply:

1. Check out this Guidelines and Eligibility page to learn about the application process and timeline and to make sure this opportunity will be a great fit for your project.

2. Start your application here on Submittable.
You will need to create an account to access the application. You’ll be able to save your application and return to it at a later date.

3. Upload the following to your application in Submittable:

4. Complete your application by 11:59pm CST on June 20, 2018.

RSVP at to attend an upcoming grant info session!

Are you tired of paying rent to your Landlord?

Want to Live and Grab You a Multi-unit in Englewood so you can begin to buy the block?

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Attend the Buy the Block Workshop
Hosted by the Englewood Housing and Public Spaces Task Force
Saturday – May 19th – 10am-12pm
Greater Englewood CDC – 815 West 63rd St., 4th Floor
Hear from current owner occupied landlords and banks to learn about the opportunities and resources that can help you grab a two or three flat in Englewood. Expert representatives from Self-Help Seaway, NHS, United Fidelity Bank, Guarantee Rate (203K), Micro Market Recovery Program will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited, RSVP here: today!
For more info contact 773-488-6600.

R.A.G.E. serves as the action agency for Englewood Quality of Life Plan’s Public Safety Task Force and this Thursday, May 10th, the Public Safety Task Force will have their monthly dinner meeting at Cure Violence’s West Englewood Office located 2021 W. 63rd St., 5:30pm to 7pm. Topics will include reviewing highlights from the special joint meeting with Jobs & Economic Development Task Force on April 25th as well as discuss plans to host an Englewood Night Bike Ride for peace this summer. Plus 007th District’s Commander Johnson will share the most recent crime stats and explain the special training he instituted for new police officers. Hope to see you there!

See flyer below for details and sharing.

Public Safety Task Force Dinner Meeting – Thursday, May 10th 

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