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2012

WEST SIDE Community Guide


AUSTIN WEEKLY news
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Contents
Manager of Internet
and Technology
Graham Johnston
Digital Editor
Meghan Power
Web Developer
Mike Risher
Photographer
Editor
J. Geil
Editorial Design
Manager
Claire Innes
Editorial Designers
Alaina Buzas,
Mark Tatara
Ad Production
Manager
Philip Soell
Ad Design Manager
Andrew Mead
Ad Designers
Elisha-Rio Apilado,
Debbie Becker,
Evan OBrien
Ad Director
Marc Stopeck
Display Ad
Coordinator
Carrie Banks
Classied Ad Sales
Sabrina Nixon,
Sarah Corbin
Circulation
Manager
Kathy Hansen
Distribution
Coordinator
Alan Majeski
Circulation
Associates
Mike Braam
Comptroller
Edward Panschar
Credit Manager
Debbie Zari
Bookkeeper
Diane Eggers
The Austin Weekly News is published each Thursday by Wednesday Journal, Inc., an Illinois corporation. It is distributed free of charge at more than 100 locations across Austin and Chicagos west side.
2012 Wednesday Journal
HOW TO REACH US
141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
PHONE: 773-626-6332 FAX: 708-524-0447
www.AustinWeeklyNews.com.
Publisher Dan Haley
VP/Director of Operations
Andrew Johnston
Arts 3
Beauty 4
Churches 5
Community Groups 12
Financial Institutions 15
Government 19
Health 23
Libraries 32
Parks 35
Restaurants 41
Schools 49
Seniors 61
Social Services 67
ON THE COVER
Photo by Daisy Winfrey
Design by Claire Innes
Students of Howe School
of Excellence, 720 N.
Lorel, enjoying their new
playground on Sept. 9,
2011 during its grand
opening. e playground
is funded through a
grant from the Coca-
Cola Company.
INSIDE AUSTIN COMMUNITY GUIDE
AUSTIN WEEKLYnews
Editor Terry Dean
Advertising Sales Dawn Ferencak
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Austin Chamber of Commerce
Proudly Serving the Austin Community for over 10 years
ACC
Afterschool Program
All Business Partners!

We place a student intern in your business for up to ten (10) weeks (3 to 4 days a
week @ three hours a day). Program begins March 2012! Your participation helps
us provide business training and work experience.

Register as a partner before March 15, 2012. For more information contact us at
773.854.5063.
Membership Drive

The Chamber is currently accepting new members and membership dues
renewal. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our office or
visit our website at www.chamberonthemove.net.


Call us if you need information on City Resources to help strengthen or
expand your business.
645 S. Central
Chicago, IL 60644
773.854.5063 (phone)
773.854.1952 (fax)
Www.chamberonthemove.net
E-mail: acc1@sbcglobal.net
Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for the
businesses in the Austin community of Chicago by
developing and promoting a climate that is accessi-
ble, safe and attractive.

Our purpose is to help businesses prosper and
grow in the Austin community. To encourage orderly
expansion, revitalization and development of all seg-
ments of our community.
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Proudly Serving the Austin Community for over 10 years
ACC
Afterschool Program
All Business Partners!

We place a student intern in your business for up to ten (10) weeks (3 to 4 days a
week @ three hours a day). Program begins March 2012! Your participation helps
us provide business training and work experience.

Register as a partner before March 15, 2012. For more information contact us at
773.854.5063.
Membership Drive

The Chamber is currently accepting new members and membership dues
renewal. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our office or
visit our website at www.chamberonthemove.net.


Call us if you need information on City Resources to help strengthen or
expand your business.
645 S. Central
Chicago, IL 60644
773.854.5063 (phone)
773.854.1952 (fax)
Www.chamberonthemove.net
E-mail: acc1@sbcglobal.net
Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for the
businesses in the Austin community of Chicago by
developing and promoting a climate that is accessi-
ble, safe and attractive.

Our purpose is to help businesses prosper and
grow in the Austin community. To encourage orderly
expansion, revitalization and development of all seg-
ments of our community.
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Contents
Manager of Internet
and Technology
Graham Johnston
Digital Editor
Meghan Power
Web Developer
Mike Risher
Photographer
Editor
J. Geil
Editorial Design
Manager
Claire Innes
Editorial Designers
Alaina Buzas,
Mark Tatara
Ad Production
Manager
Philip Soell
Ad Design Manager
Andrew Mead
Ad Designers
Elisha-Rio Apilado,
Debbie Becker,
Evan OBrien
Ad Director
Marc Stopeck
Display Ad
Coordinator
Carrie Banks
Classied Ad Sales
Sabrina Nixon,
Sarah Corbin
Circulation
Manager
Kathy Hansen
Distribution
Coordinator
Alan Majeski
Circulation
Associates
Mike Braam
Comptroller
Edward Panschar
Credit Manager
Debbie Zari
Bookkeeper
Diane Eggers
The Austin Weekly News is published each Thursday by Wednesday Journal, Inc., an Illinois corporation. It is distributed free of charge at more than 100 locations across Austin and Chicagos west side.
2012 Wednesday Journal
HOW TO REACH US
141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
PHONE: 773-626-6332 FAX: 708-524-0447
www.AustinWeeklyNews.com.
Publisher Dan Haley
VP/Director of Operations
Andrew Johnston
Arts 4
Beauty 5
Churches 7
Community Groups 12
Financial Institutions 18
Government 19
Health 23
Libraries 32
Parks 35
Restaurants 41
Schools 49
Seniors 61
Social Services 67
ON THE COVER
Photo by Daisy Winfrey
Design by Claire Innes
Students of Howe School
of Excellence, 720 N.
Lorel, enjoying their new
playground on Sept. 9,
2011 during its grand
opening. e playground
is funded through a
grant from the Coca-
Cola Company.
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AUSTIN WEEKLYnews
Editor Terry Dean
Advertising Sales Dawn Ferencak
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A career
that just
clicked
A
ustin resident Julissa
Marie is never without
a camera. So when a
photographer was delayed
for a friends 40th wedding
anniversary, she didnt
hesitate when asked to
snap pictures of the couple
renewing their vows.
I never leave my house
without my camera. Its
lipstick, mascara, keys and
camera. Oh yeah and my
visa card, Marie quipped.
But accolades poured in
about her abilities.
Everybody at the
reception was like Do you
do this? You should, if you
dont, and You are really
good, Marie recalled of
the July 2011 event.
With that encouragement,
JMarie she goes by her
professional name is now
turning a childhood hobby
into a budding photography
career. She launched
JMarie Photography at
5847 W. Chicago Ave., a
temporary location until
she opens her home studio.
Since that first impromptu
wedding shoot, Julissa
Maries portfolio has
blossomed with pictures of
weddings, anniversaries and
baby showers. She also shoots
landscape, architecture and
personal portraits.
Her uncle, Sankofa Center
owner Malcolm Crawford,
encouraged her to pursue
photography professionally.
She was concerned about
juggling photography with
working as a manager at a
downtown CVS store and
attending Chicago State
University full-time.
I prayed about it, said
the 26-year-old. If it is
meant to be, I know you
[God] are not going to steer
me wrong.
Her uncle put her in
touch with several West
Side photographers
who advised her on the
equipment she needed. With
a $700 investment from her
boyfriend, she purchased a
professional Canon camera.
To build up her portfolio,
she started doing freebies
for co-workers and friends,
later posting the pictures
on Facebook. Soon after,
her friends wanted to
buy the pictures. Her big
break came when a friend
recommended her to do
publicity photos for Kierra
Sheards gospel group.
Sheard is the daughter of
Karen Clark-Sheard, of the
gospel singing group The
Clark Sisters. For a novice,
shooting a 50-plus gospel
choir was intimidating, but
a learning experience.
I havent been this
nervous since grammar
school doing a speech in
front of a group of people.
Now I know how to take on
something like that, she
said of the photo shoot.
JMarie started taking
photos when she was 13
years old. In high school,
she began carrying a
camera everywhere. She
recently stepped in when
the photographer for her
grandfathers 72nd birthday
celebration failed to show up.
I never really thought
of myself as being an
entrepreneur in that sense
I just figured that I would
get my career in my field.
But God had a different
plan.
La Risa Lynch
Arts
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African Art & Objects
4918 W. Flournoy
773-379-2787
www.africanartandobjects.com
Buy African masks, clothing, jewelry
and more.
Chicago West Community
Music Center
Howard Sandifer
100 N. Central Park
708-386-5315
www.cwcmc.org
provides programs for youth in sing-
ing, dancing, instrumental playing
and lm-making.
City Escape Garden &
Design Studio
Connie Rivera
3022 W. Lake
773-638-2000
www.cityescape.biz
retail garden center and landscape
store oers free Saturday classes on
beautication and garden design to
the public. Reservations required.
Sankofa Cultural Art &
Business Center
Malcolm & Stasia Crawford
5820 W. Chicago Ave
773-626-4497
http://www.sankofa-arts.com/
LA RISA LYNCH/Contributor
Photographer Julissa Marie, aka JMarie.
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Beauty
T
he natural hair explosion was alive
and well on Chicagos West Side at the
Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business
Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave. on Nov. 12, 2011.
The facility hosted its quarterly Lovin
My Hair expo. A panel of natural hair ex-
perts offered tips and advice for maintain-
ing natural hair. More than 60 women, and a
few men, gathered to share their hair
journey stories. Others came to inquire
about affordable ways to have stylish and
healthy hair without the use of relaxers,
wigs, and weaves. Many attendees had
already begun the natural hair journey.
For some, its an expression of pride. For
others, its part of a healthier lifestyle. Some
talked about the joys and challenges they have
faced since embarking on their new path.
Some attendees expressed concerns about
whether its appropriate to show up for
a job interview sporting an afro hairstyle or
locks. They worry that their hair
will be a distraction from their skills. Its a
new day, explained Octavia Hooks, a mas-
ter loctician who was among the panel. No
longer are we bound by the images which
the media portray as beautiful.
Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of Thank
God Im Natural, shared a very personal
story. The Harvard Law School graduate
recalled how she obtained a job at a presti-
gious Chicago law firm. She says she wore
long, straight wigs to work in an effort to
fit in. I knew it wasnt me, and it showed in
my work. On the outside, I was
not the confident, secure attorney that I
knew I could be.
Her managers told Chris-Tia that she had
no future with their firm. At her next job,
Chris-Tia says she wore her natural hair
and uncovered the skill and talent which
had been hidden. Today, she continues to
excel in the field of proprietary law, in addi-
tion to being an author and entrepreneur.
Malcolm Crawford
Beauty World
3222 W. Roosevelt Rd.
773-826-3322
Chardays
5661 W. Chicago Ave.
773-261-9889
His & Hers Barber School
Elaine Sappington
5355 W. Madison
773-261-2099
ISIS
5812 W. North Ave.
773-622-5344
Just Rite Beauty
5757 W. Division St.
773-287-1258
My Wig
6014 W. North Ave
773-889-6223
Rons Barbershop
6058 W. North Ave.
773-836-2887
Shear Elegance
Mr. Rickey
5725 W. Division
773-921-1680
An expo for good hair
JMARIE Photography
e Sankofa Centers Lovin My Hair Expo featured products for the ladies.
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Ambulatory Care Clinic

One of the best allies you can have
for maintaining good health is a
doctor who knows you and your
medical history. At Loreto Hospitals
Ambulatory Care Clinic, our highly
trained doctors and sta take the
tme to get to know each patent
so that we can deliver the best
individualized care and atenton.
Our patents also have access to
on-site diagnostc testng and
transportaton services making their
visits easier and more convenient.
Loreto Hospitals Ambulatory Care
Clinic is here for all of your outpatent
health care needs!
General Services:
Personal Physicians
Physical Exams
School Exams
Immunizatons
Asthma Care
Diabetc Care
EEG/EMG
EKG/Stress Testng
Geriatrics (Senior Care)
Laboratory
Diagnostc Imaging
Nutritonal Counseling
Mammograms
Physical Therapy and
Rehabilitaton
Specialty Services:
Addictons Program
Behavioral Health
Program
Cardiology
Dermatology
Gastroenterology
Obstetrics and
Gynecology
Ophthalmology
(Eye Care)
Orthopedics
Pain Management
Podiatry
Surgery
Urology
Wound Care
For more informaton about
Loreto Hospitals
Ambulatory Care Clinic
or to make an appointment
call (773) 854-5475.
Loreto Hospital
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645 S. Central Ave.
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Chicago, IL 60644
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(773) 626-4300
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Churches
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R
ev. Ira Acree doesnt bite his tongue
when counseling single and married
women, especially when it comes to
finding their Mr. Right.
Acree, the longtime pastor of Austins
Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256
N. Waller, has made that aspect of his
ministry the focus of his latest book,
aptly titled, In Pursuit of Mr. Right.
A minister since 1989, Acrees book
is designed to teach women how to get
and keep a man the righteous way, and
offers tips on how to avoid hooking up
with a deadbeat mate. Acree blends
biblical and practical tidbits in the book,
the second hes written. He also makes
sure to cast aside old-fashioned customs
that, he says, could keep a woman
proverbially handcuffed to outdated
and unbiblical traditions. Traditions
that are almost guaranteed to keep them
lonely and single for the rest of their
lives, he insists.
As one of Austins more prominent
pastors and community activists, Acree
rarely strays from offering candid
commentary. Thats true also in his book.
Its not abnormal, dysfunctional, or
even sinful when you desire to have a
man, he says, very matter-of-factly.
In a chapter titled Ladies Save Your
Spices, Acree advises against women
being loose. Being aggressive does
not mean you are easy prey for men. I
come against women being promiscuous
because kings rarely choose these easy
women. If you give away all your spices
when your chosen man shows up, you
have nothing left.
Acrees first book, Man in the Mirror
(2011), was a personal memoir, including
his childhood background growing up in
Chicago, and his entry into the ministry.
He attended Steinmetz High School,
and it was there that he found his path
into ministry. He gave a student speech,
reciting Dr. Kings I Have a Dream.
The ovation Acree received convinced
him he belonged in the pulpit. Acree
is also a co-founder of the LEADERs
Network, and activist group of West Side
pastors he started with, Rev. Marshall
Hatch of New Mount Pilgrim Church in
East Garfield Park.
Acree had always intended to write
a second book. In In Pursuit, he gives
examples that take readers back to
the biblical days but also includes
modern-day social problems dating back
centuries. And the scripture is woven
into the book understandably both in
chapter and verse.
I am challenging women to engage
in self improvement so that they will
be prepared when they encounter Mr.
Right, Acree said.
Chinta Strausberg
DAISY WINFREY/Contributor
Greater St. John Bible Churchs Rev. Ira Acree at his Feb. 12 book signing.
Pastor helps women nd, Mr. Right
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Churches
#2 Mt. Pleasant M.B.
Church
Rev. Lester Minter, pastor
947 N. Cicero Ave.
773-287-2018
Austin Corinthian
Baptist Church
Towana Pool, pastor
823 S. Cicero Ave.
773-626-4289
Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church &
School
1410 N. Springeld Ave.
773-252-1104
Bethel Lutheran
Church
4215 W. West End Ave.
773-533-3638
Bethlehem Star
Church
Roosevelt Watkins, pastor
9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
773-487-8441
Chance Ministries
William Martin, pastor
305 N. Cicero Ave.
773-921-4357
Chicago First Spanish
Church
3909 W. North Ave.
773-862-8734
Christian Love
Steve Nelson, pastor
535 S. Spaulding
773-638-3700
Church of Christ
D. Gault, preacher
2543 W. Division St.
773-691-6315
Church of Christ
4400 W. Maypole Ave.
773-287-3056
Church Of God
3642 W. Grand Ave., Suite 1
773-278-0506
Circle Urban
Ministries
Pastor Robert Stevenson
118 N. Central
773-921-1446
www.circleurban.org
Faith based organization
that provides holistic help
through a Catalyst School,
mentoring program,
summer day camp, food
pantry and more.
Community
Fellowship
Missionary Baptist
Church
Dr. Shirley Ewing
4817 W. Madison St.
773-750-2983
Constant Prayer
Missionary Baptist
Church
103 N. Laramie
773-261-6354
Corinthian Temple
Church of God
Elder David Todd Whittley,
pastor
4520 W. Washington Blvd.
773-626-1972
Emanuels Temple of
Love & Faith
4843 W. Division St.
773-626-4500
Emmanuel Christian
Center
Dan Thomas, pastor
4722 W. Augusta
773-385-9464
Full Gospel Church. Sunday
School starts at 10 a.m. and
service at 11:30 a.m.
Everlasting Love
Outreach
Larry Tabron, pastor
124 S. Cicero Ave.
773-417-2566
Faith & Deliverance
Church of God in
Christ
Dr. Rufus Dotson, pastor
Pl ant a seed; grow i n spi ri t!
Vi si t our Landmark Church
and Communi t y Garden.
CANA* grows here.
Th i r d Un i t a r i a n Ch u r c h
Rev. Brian Covell, Minister
Sunday: 10am Forum,
11am Service, 12 Coffee Hour
301 N. Mayfield (773) 626-9385
t hi rdunitarianchurch.org
A progressive voice on the West Side since 1868
*Central Austin Neighborhood Association
Westside Ministers Coalition
Save the Date
General Membership meetings
every First Thursday of the Month
All meetings at
Columbus Park Refectory
5701 W. Jackson Blvd.
For more information or any questions
please call:
773.261.0207
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Churches
4666 W. Fulton
773-261-2400
www.faithanddeliverancechurchof-
godinchrist.com
The church was established in 1981.
First Church of the Brethren
425 S. Central Park Ave.
773-533-4273
Fraternite Notre Dame
502 N. Central Ave.
773-261-0101
www.fraternitenotredame.org
A traditional Catholic religious order,
the group was founded in 1977
by Bishop Jean Marie to perform
charitable work at soup kitchens,
hospitals, schools and orphanages.
Friendship Baptist Church
Rev. Reginald E. Bachus, pastor
5200 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-227-8478
friendshipbaptistchurch-chgo.org
Gods All Nations
Pentecostal Church
44 N. Laramie Ave.
773-378-1731
Gods Holy Ghost
Missionary Baptist Church
424 N. Laramie Ave.
773-921-9750
Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.
Rev. Sidney Grandberry
3855 W. Harrison St.
773-533-5858
Gospel Truth
Jerey Davis, pastor
4118 W. Division St.
Great True Vine MB Church
Rev. John E. Collins Sr., pastor
5936 W. Division St.
773-626-3542
Greater Love Missionary
Baptist Church
5720 W. Fulton
773-921-6750
Greater Rock Missionary
Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Floyd D. James, senior pastor
718 S. Independence Blvd.
773-722-7701
Greater Rose Hill M.B.
Church
Rev. Calvin Jenkins
3137 W. Roosevelt Rd.
773-277-3847
Greater St. John Bible
Church
Pastor Ira J. Acree
1256 N. Waller
773-378-3300
www.gsjchurch.org
Come as you are, but you wont
leave like you came. Services are
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Greater St. John M.B.
Church
Rev. E. Lesure
4414 W. Gladys Ave.
773-626-0855
Heirs of the Promise
Joseph Kyles, pastor
4821 W. Chicago Ave.
773-342-5377
Helping Hand Missionary
Baptist Church
538 N. Lavergne
773-379-4918
Holy Temple Community
Church of God
Rev. R. Carter
4504 W. Harrison St.
773-638-0059
Hope Community Advent
Christian Church
5900 W. Iowa
773-921-2243
www.thehopecity.org
Inspirational Deliverance
Center Church of God
in Christ
Shirley Hughes, pastor
647 N. Parkside
773-287-4311
www.idccogic.org
Jordan Temple Church
Stephen E. Richardson,pastor
900 N. Lockwood
773-921-2575
Life is Peace International
Ministries
Diana Body, pastor
951 N. Parkside
773-287-0054
Living Christ Missionary
Baptist Church
4917 W. Chicago Ave.
773-626-0670
FILE 2010/J.GEIL
Rev. Dwight Bailey speaks to members of Austin Boulevard Church last summer.
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Churches
Mandell Methodist Church
5000 W. Congress Pkwy.
773-626-3626
www.mandellumc.com
Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship at
10:45 a.m.
Mars Hill Baptist Church
Clarence E. Stowers Jr., senior pastor
5916 W. Lake St.
773-287-3535
Miracle Center Baptist
Church
Rev. Shelly Harmon, pastor
5634 W. Chicago Ave.
773-287-2525
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Dr. Johnny L. Miller,pastor
2622 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-733-5301
New Day Baptist Church
5038 W. Madison St.
773-379-1980
New Deliverance Church of
God in Christ
Dr. Larry Gaston Sr., pastor
5801 W. Augusta Blvd.
773-783-7196
New Life
612 N. Hamlin Ave.
773-722-8190
New Life Christian Center
1121 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-360-1189
New Life Community
Church
Freddy Cruz, pastor
1410 N. Springeld
773-252-1104
New Life Covenant Church
2704 W. North Ave.
773-384-7113
New Moriah Baptist Church
1501 N. Harding Ave.
773-278-8923
New Mount Pilgrim MB
Church
Rev. Dr. Marshall E. Hatch, senior
pastor
4301 W. Washington Blvd.
773-287-5051
www.newmtpilgrim.org
New Morning Star
Missionary Baptist Church
DeWayne F. Davis Sr., senior pastor
208 S. Hamlin
773-826-3410
www.nmschurch.org
Sunday: 8 a.m. early worship, 9:45
a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m.
morning worship
New Mount Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church
415 N. Central Ave.
773-287-0345
New St. Jude Church
Monroe Porter, pastor
5052 W. Madison St.
773-261-1874
www.newstjudecogic.org
First and third Sunday 8 a.m.; 2nd,
4th, 5th start at 11 a.m. Sunday
school is always at 10 a.m.
New Zion City Missionary
Baptist Church
445 N. Lawler
773-287-0843
Old Landmark Church
5707 W. Division St.
773-379-4629
Original Great Rock
Missionary Baptist Church
4959 W. Harrison St.
773-378-3047
Rev. Dr. Marshall E. Hatch, Sr. Pastor
4301 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773-287-5051 Fax: 773-265-0312
www.newmtpilgrim.org
Email: newmountpilgrim@sbcglobal.net
Early Morning Worship 8am
Sunday Church School 9:30am
Sunday Morning Worship 11am
Choose the service that fts you
8:30 or 10:30am
Children Church available at 8:30 and 10:30 Services
Nursery only available at 10:30 Service
Greater St. John Bible Church
Rev. Ira J. Acree, Sr. Pastor
1256 N. Waller Chicago, IL 60651
773.378.3300
www.gsjbchurch.org
Sunday Services Life Development
8:30 and 10:30am Wednesday 7pm
Rev. Ira J. Acree
Author of "In Pursuit of Mr. Right"
Timely Services Casual Attire is Welcome
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Churches
Original Providence
Baptist Church
Pastor Cleophus J. Lee
515 N. Pine
773-378-5678
www.opbcchicago.org
Original Providence Baptist Church
seeks to equip the body of Christ
for holistic ministry by bring-
ing the message of Christ (the
Gospel) through a variety of ways
by enabling its hearers to live a
transformed life. Sunday School
begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at
11 a.m. Wednesday is Bible Study at
7 p.m. and every 2nd Saturday there
is a clothing give a way outreach
starting at 10 a.m.
Our Lady of the Angels
Church
932 N. Kostner Ave.
773-235-3132
Paradise Missionary
Baptist Church
5250 W. Kinzie
773-379-2507
Peaceful New Beginnings
Missionary Baptist Church
Lashonda Milton, pastor
345 S. Cicero Ave.
773-626-2144
Sunday School starts at 10 am. and
12:30 p.m. is afternoon worship.
Pentecostal Tabernacle
Bible Church
Dr. Christopher L. Johnson, passport
1345 N. Karlov
773-486-8370
Tuesday: Bible fellowship at 7:30
p.m. Fridays: Praise & Worship at
7:30 p.m. Sundays: I Love Sunday
School at 9 a.m. Morning service at
noon; Sunday Night Live at 7 p.m.
Pine Avenue United Church
Dr. Kent Poindexter, pastor
1015 N. Pine
773-287-4777
Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. and
11 a.m. is worship.
Praise Temple
of Restoration
Larry Lawrence Jr., elder
5443 W. Huron
773-261-6700
www.praisetemplechurch.org
Sunday School at 9 a.m. Sunday
Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m. 1st
Sunday Vesper Service at 4 p.m.
Prayer/Truth for Life Bible Study is
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Reaching Out Community
Church of Nazarene
500 N. Laramie
773-921-4673
Remnant Apostolic Faith
Church
700 N. Lockwood
773-379-1550
Rhema Word Church
Virgil C. Brackett, pastor
5460 W. Ohio
773-378-4327
www.rhemawordchurch.org
Sunday 10 a.m. Tuesday 7 p.m.
Rising Sun M.B. Church
Rev. Matthew L. Miller
820 N. Central Ave.
773-921-0744
Rose of Sharon Community
Baptist Church
4256 W. Walton St.
Sisters of Providence
1540 N. Monticello Ave.
773-235-6202
Soul Saving Missionary
Baptist Church
4922 W. Division St.
773-287-5682
St. Mark
Pastor Andre Thurmon
832 N. Leclaire Ave.
St. MB Rest
Pastor Terrence L. Keys
5920 West North Avenue
(773) 836-3863
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Stephen R. Everette, pastor; Glen
Kuck, principal
846 N. Menard
773-378-6644
www.stpaulaustin.com
Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.;
Wednesday night Bible Study at 7
p.m.
St. Peter Missionary Church
4185 W. Chicago Ave.
773-342-0040
St. Rest
Pastor Terrance Keys
5920 W. North Ave.
St. Stephen AME
Pastor Albert Tyson
3040 W. Washington Blvd.
Straight Gate Mission
5849 W. Madison St.
773-626-6747
Third Unitarian Church
Rev. Brian Covell, minister
301 N. Mayeld
773-626-9385
www.thirdunitarianchurch.org
Sunday: Forum at 10 a.m.; Service
at 11 a.m.; coee hour at noon
TLC Ministries International
4146 W. Chicago Ave.
773-395-6822
Transformation Bible
Church
5916 W. Rice
773-397-5444
Trinity Community Baptist
Church
1210 N. Waller
773-379-4911
Truth & Deliverance
Ministries International
Apostle John T. Ambercrombie
3 S. Laramie Ave.
773-626-3800
Truth & Life
Cathy Palmer, pastor
4146 W. Chicago Ave.
Twelve Gates M.B. Church
Anthony Randall, pastor
5025 W. Division St.
773-261-3727
Two Mount Pleasant
947 N. Cicero Ave.
773-287-2018
Universal Missionary
Baptist Church
539 N. Cicero Ave.
773-287-7128
Walker Memorial Church
of God
3708 W. Chicago Ave.
773-292-0899
Way of Life Church
International
4635 W. Fulton
773-378-1788
www.clwc.net
Westside Christian Center
World Ministries
Melvin Owens, pastor
5620 W. Chicago Ave
773-287-5577
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Gospel sounds at New Mount
Pilgrim M.B. Church, 4301
W. Washington.
Community groups
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rank Brim believes his Garfield Park
youth baseball team is headed for big
things on the West Side and beyond.
He can even envision their games being
played on ESPN in the very near future.
Lofty? Perhaps not, as far as Brim is
concerned. The team began in 2008.
Entering its fifth year, the Garfield Park
Little League has grown from 150 kids
to 500 now, including kids from Austins
Little League squad that now plays on
the same team as their Garfield Park
neighbors. The team began their spring
training in February 2012. The squad
host their practices at Homan Square
YMCA, 3449 W. Arthington, and The BBR
Youth Center, 1530 S. Hamlin. During a
recent Saturday morning practice at the
BBR, youth from around the area were
getting ready for the upcoming season.
They learn how to win and how to
lose, be prepared and showing up on
time, Brim said, whos often out there
with the players going through drills.
The Garfield and Austin squads
recently merged into one team. The
overall league is divided into three
sections that includes tee ball for ages
4 to 8, a minor section for kids 9 to
12 years old, and the majors for 13-18
year olds. All thats asked of parents
who sign up their kid is to supply them
with cleats and a glove. There are now
plans for a girls softball team in the near
future. Brim currently coaches the boys,
teaching them techniques on the game,
but he also uses the game to apply life
lessons to them.
Once they learn the basics behind
baseball, they can go a long way, he said.
The league has 50 volunteers who must
undergo a background check to become
eligible. Thomas Bowling, former vice
president of the Austin Little League,
has volunteered for 16 years and is
excited about the merger.
Frank came to me and said lets make
this a bigger and better team, he said.
We are going to make a powerful West
Side baseball team.
The long-term expectation is to have
the team involved in televised games on
ESPN within five years, according to
Brim. Other West Siders thrilled about
the season include player Jordan Allen,
who plays in majors section. In his sixth
year with the team, Allen has dreams and
plans on joining a professional league
later in his career. Parents also love the
program, including Carmen Washington,
whose son is in his third year. She
recommends the program to everyone.
Its open to all ages; they have positive
black men who are role models, positive
parents and environment, she said.
Jeramie L. Bizzle
DAISY WINFREY/Contributor
e Gareld Park Little League players.
Making it to big (Little) league
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Community groups
Austin Chamber of
Commerce
645 S. Central Ave.
773-473-7870
www.chamber on the move.net
Austin Green Team
Mary Peery
6640 W. Beldon
773-637-6804
Beauties Austin block by block.
Austin Peace Corner
Steven Hartley
5022 W. Madison St.
773-261-5330
www.thepeacecorner.org
Youth community and outreach
center. Opened in 2001.
Bethel New Life
4950 W. Thomas
773-473-7870
www.bethelnewlife.org
DAISY WINFREY/Contributor
Community network organization 100 Blocks and 100 Churches hosted a prayer vigil in
Austin June 8, concerning reducing crime in the neighborhood.
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Community groups
Breakthrough
Marcy Curry, Director of Youth &
Family Services
3330 W. Carroll
773-722-0179
www.breakthrough.org
Neighborhood-based holistic
services that empower individuals,
families and urban communities to
overcome poverty, addiction and
isolation.
Building A Healthier Austin
Athena Williams
312-353-1385
www.healthierchicago.org
Change 4 Children Inc.
6409 S. Ashland Ave.
773-456-5465
www.change4childreninc.org/
Chicago Westside NAACP
5820 W. Chicago Ave.
773-261-5890
www.illinoisnaacp.org/chicagow-
estside/
Eyes on Austin
Jean Jackson, Executive Director
5519 W. North Ave.
773-479-1569
www.eyesonaustin.org
A non-prot organization whose
mission is to improve the quality of
life for individuals and families as it
revitalizes and stabilizes the Austin
community.
Gareld Park Conservatory
Alliance
300 N. Central Park
773-638-1766
www.gareld-conservatory.org
Gareld Park Little League
Frank Brim, president
3761 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-417-9991
www.leaguelineup.com/gll
Players range in age from 4-18.
Mission is to build better children
one base at a time
O the Street Club
25 N. Karlov Ave.
773-533-3253
www.otsc.org
Chicagos oldest club for boys
and girls. Serving children on the
West Side with athletics, tutoring,
recreational, arts and mentoring
programs.
South Austin Coalition
Community Council
Bob Vondrasek, director
5660 W. Madison St.
773-287-4570
In existence since 1977, main goal
is to organize people in Austin as
residents and organizations to work
forward to a better community.
The group helps with housing,
utilities, public safety, education and
community leadership.
West Art Council
Bernard Clay, Executive Director
430 N. Cicero Ave.
773-287-2290
www.minintrospectyouth.org
Introspect youth services helps with
educational services.
Westside Health Authority
Morris Reed, Executive Director
5437 W. Division St.
773-378-5034
www.healthauthority.org
Promotes relationship-building
among neighbors for the better-
ment of the community.
Westside Youth League
238 N. Parkside
773-297-7360
www.westsideyouthleague.com
The West Side Youth League (Wolf-
pack Baseball) is a travel baseball
league for kids ages 6-18.
YWCA Metropolitan
Chicago Westside Center
Rachel Kirkendall, Director, Provider
Services
5080 W. Harrison St.
www.ywca.org
What is AAABNA?
Te Austin African American Business Networking Association was
formed by local business owners who are proud of their African American
heritage and felt that there is a need for us to pool our resources to bring
about efective change in the African American community.
What can the AAABNA do for me?
Te AAABNA ofers added business success by our members patronage
Access to other African American business professionals Discounts on
members services Business advertised in our community resource guide
Business forums, speakers, and mixers
A collective voice on issues facing us as African Americans
Who can be a Member?
Any industrial, commercial, retail or home-based business
looking to do business in Austin. Any not-for-proft organization with a
focus on economic development. Any business recognized by the city of
Chicago or in the process of legalizing.
How much does Membership cost?
Tere is a low annual fee of $150.00
Who are some of your current Members?
Clothing retailers, contractors, architects, mortgage and real estate
professionals, caterers, bankers, lawyers & many more.
Goals & Objectives
Incubate new businesses Business student scholarship fund
Coordinate political business relationships Business resource guide
Intern programs for youth Business educational programs
Networking with community groups and organizations
Accomplishments
Te creation of the Ed Bailey/Leola Spann community garden
A dedicated African American Business District 5900,5800,5700 blocks
of Chicago Ave. Te
Teach a Kid to Fish
youth entrepreneurship
developement program and
much more
AAABNA
Austin African American
Business Networking Association
The Austin African American
Business Networking Association
5847 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651
773.626.4506 www.aaabna.org
Community groups
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elationship building among
neighbors is the kind of work the
Westside Health Authority has been
doing since Jacqueline Reed founded it
nearly 25 years ago.
Now, with her retirement last year,
Reeds son, Morris Reed, is succeeding
his visionary mom as the CEO, and push-
ing forward her legacy across the Austin
neighborhood that the WHA serves.
We think that improving our schools
is the foundation for building the capac-
ity of our children as well as this com-
munity, so my primary goal right now
is to really look at community develop-
ment and try and build a new school in
Austin, says Reed.
After earning a business degree from
Marquette University in 1997, Reed joined
the family endeavor, eventually rising to
the post of chief financial officer. In his
first year, though, he became the project
manager for the construction of the
groups Austin Wellness Center, a $7.9
million, 28,000 square foot healthcare
facility. The development leveraged eco-
nomic opportunities for local employers
who met regularly at WHA to organize.
That effort resulted in 50 jobs, over $5 mil-
lion in new contracts for local businesses,
and a revived commercial business strip
along Chicago Avenue in 2004.
Another highlight, he says, has been
the establishment of an employment
and training center for felons who are
re-entering society after being released
from prison.
About the same time, and upon earn-
ing a law degree from DePaul University
in Chicago, he carried his business
practices into the areas of real estate
and community development.
We are now starting to attract new
businesses into Austin, but want to bring
in more services centralized here where
residents can access them, he says.
Reed was born in south Austin, grew
up in the West Garfield neighborhood,
and has lived in Maywood. Now he
resides in Chicagos South Loop with his
wife, Monique, a Ph.D, RN and assistant
professor at DePaul University in Chi-
cago, as well as their four children.
As CEO, Reed says he is committed to
leveraging his agencys influence and as-
sets to create more career opportunities
wherever they may exist, and bring those
jobs home to the West Side of Chicago.
To that point, WHA is trying to influ-
ence more banks to offer more lending
platforms to local residents. WHA is
working with business people who are
interested in restoring vacant houses in
the market.
Meanwhile, he adds, more volunteers
are needed.
Through volunteerism, people start
to increase their capacity, which leads
to them finding their place and purpose
by really serving their neighborhood,
Reed says.
Deb Quantock McCarey
Reed is new CEO at Westside Health Authority
Photo by VICTOR POWELl/Powell photography
Morris and Jackie Reed
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La Shawn K. Ford
State Representative 8
th
District
8th District. communities:
West Side of Chicago - Austin
Committee assignments:
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development (Chairperson); Tollway Oversight
(Vice-Chairperson); Health & Healthcare Disparities; Housing; Veterans' Affairs; Tourism &
Conventions; Higher Education, and Insurance
Oak Park
Berwyn
North Riverside
Riverside
Proviso Township
Forest Park
Brookfeld
La Grange Park
La Grange
Western Springs
repford@lashawnford.com
5104 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
773-378-5902
816 S. Oak Park Ave. Suite A
Oak Park, IL 60304
708-445-3673
Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, "I believe in the essential unity of all people and for
that matter of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the
whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent."
During these turbulent and diffcult times, I believe more strongly than ever in the
concept of social justice: the promise that every member of society is deserving of
equal economic, political and social rights, extending the unalienable rights of life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness to every child, woman and man.
Dr. King said, "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends
towards justice." Let's work together to bend that arc in the direction of justice...
Sign up for Government & Private Job leads,
7 days a week, 365 days a year at
www.lashawnford.com
Learn more at
www.catalystschools.org
A K12 college preparatory education
A clear values-based character education
An academically rigorous program
A safe, disciplined, and structured environment
Graduate support that accompanies all graduates
through high school and college
Renaissance programming that ofers enrichment
through the arts and athletics
Attention to every child through special educational
programs and supportive social work programs
Circle Rock Charter
5608 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
773-945-5025
Howland Charter
1616 S. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
773-527-7330
Maria Charter
6727 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60629
773-925-8686
Circle Rock Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 23

Dont miss these important dates!
Howland Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 22

Maria Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 21
Learn more at
www.catalystschools.org
A K12 college preparatory education
A clear values-based character education
An academically rigorous program
A safe, disciplined, and structured environment
Graduate support that accompanies all graduates
through high school and college
Renaissance programming that ofers enrichment
through the arts and athletics
Attention to every child through special educational
programs and supportive social work programs
Circle Rock Charter
5608 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
773-945-5025
Howland Charter
1616 S. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
773-527-7330
Maria Charter
6727 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60629
773-925-8686
Circle Rock Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 23

Dont miss these important dates!
Howland Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 22

Maria Charter
Applications Due:
March 16
Lottery: March 21
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ABC Bank
5645 W. Lake St.
773-854-2900
www.abcbank.net
Alliance Financial Credit
Union
404 Lathrop
708-383-6100
www.access-cu.com
Provides online banking, an auto-
mated telephone banking system,
ATM access, along with various other
services. Individuals must qualify
to join.
Charter One Bank
6020 W. Roosevelt Rd.
708-383-6650
www.charteronebank.com
Provides personal and small
business checking accounts, home
equity lines and loans, saving
options, money markets and more.
Lobby: Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 1
p.m. Closed Sunday.
Chase Bank
4440 W. North Ave
773-489-0992
www.chase.com
Covenant Bank
1111 S. Homan Ave # 1
773-533-6900
www.covenant-bank.com
Harris Bank
4959 W. North Ave.
773-252-2440
www.harrisbank.com
Lobby: Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Fri. 9 a.m. -6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. -1 pm.
Drive up: Mon-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 6
p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 9
a.m. - 2 p.m.
PNC Bank
2154 W. Madison St.
312-850-2670
www.pnc.com
Robert L. Scott & Assoc.
5459 W. Division St.
773-277-8299
U.S. Bank
5201 W. Madison St.
773-854-0670
www.usbank.com
Lobby: Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 1
p.m. Drive up: Mon-Thurs.
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri.
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
U.S. Bank
4909 W. Division St.
773-533-7930
310 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-826-2070
Urban Partnership Bank
5253 W. Madison St.
800-905-7725
www.upbnk.com
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.;
Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9
a.m. - 1 p.m.
Financial
W
e are a not-for-profit,
member-owned financial
cooperative. Our goal is to
give our members the ability to control
their own financial destiny. We will
provide our members with the means to
satisfy their needs for financial services in
a comfortable, family like environment. In
doing so, we will strive to establish and
maintain a long term financial relationship
with our members.
Main Office
33 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 8:30 am 4:00pm
Austin/West Garfield Office
4909 West Division
Chicago, IL 60651
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 10:30 am 6:00pm
Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
ChiCagos Credit Union
Chicago Municipal
Employees Credit Union:
Services Office Locations
A
t Chicago Municipal Employees
Credit Union, weve always made
it a priority to help members man-
age their money and meet their financial
goals. Thats why CMECU helps you get
ahead with more services and more ways to
access your funds than ever before.
Checking
Savings
Loans
Credit Cards
CDs
Money
Markets
Telephone
Teller
ATM
Network
Direct
Deposit/
Payroll
Deduction
IRAs
Check
By Phone
Credit
Counseling
Online
Notary
Service
Mortgages
W
e are a not-for-profit,
member-owned financial
cooperative. Our goal is to
give our members the ability to control
their own financial destiny. We will
provide our members with the means to
satisfy their needs for financial services in
a comfortable, family like environment. In
doing so, we will strive to establish and
maintain a long term financial relationship
with our members.
Main Office
33 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 8:30 am 4:00pm
Austin/West Garfield Office
4909 West Division
Chicago, IL 60651
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 10:30 am 6:00pm
Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
ChiCagos Credit Union
Chicago Municipal
Employees Credit Union:
Services Office Locations
A
t Chicago Municipal Employees
Credit Union, weve always made
it a priority to help members man-
age their money and meet their financial
goals. Thats why CMECU helps you get
ahead with more services and more ways to
access your funds than ever before.
Checking
Savings
Loans
Credit Cards
CDs
Money
Markets
Telephone
Teller
ATM
Network
Direct
Deposit/
Payroll
Deduction
IRAs
Check
By Phone
Credit
Counseling
Online
Notary
Service
Mortgages
W
e are a not-for-profit,
member-owned financial
cooperative. Our goal is to
give our members the ability to control
their own financial destiny. We will
provide our members with the means to
satisfy their needs for financial services in
a comfortable, family like environment. In
doing so, we will strive to establish and
maintain a long term financial relationship
with our members.
Main Office
33 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 8:30 am 4:00pm
Austin/West Garfield Office
4909 West Division
Chicago, IL 60651
312 236-2326
Office Hours
Monday Friday - 10:30 am 6:00pm
Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
ChiCagos Credit Union
Chicago Municipal
Employees Credit Union:
Services Office Locations
A
t Chicago Municipal Employees
Credit Union, weve always made
it a priority to help members man-
age their money and meet their financial
goals. Thats why CMECU helps you get
ahead with more services and more ways to
access your funds than ever before.
Checking
Savings
Loans
Credit Cards
CDs
Money
Markets
Telephone
Teller
ATM
Network
Direct
Deposit/
Payroll
Deduction
IRAs
Check
By Phone
Credit
Counseling
Online
Notary
Service
Mortgages
Government
2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
J
onathan Tate recalls as a
seventh and eighth grader
at Bridge Elementary
School on Chicagos northwest
side having a dynamic and in-
spiring social studies teacher.
He knew him as Mr. Ford.
That teacher, LaShawn Ford,
currently an Austin state
representative, apparently
never forgot about his former
pupil. Tate, 27, is an Air Force
veteran whom Ford recently
hired to work out of his dis-
trict office on veterans issues
and community outreach.
Ford remembers Tate as
somewhat rambunctious and
unfocused as a student.
He wasnt extremely bad, by
no means, but he was not very
quiet of course, Ford said.
But now, more than a
decade later following four
years in the Air Force and
earning a college degree, Tate
is articulate, confident and
focused hes also thinking
about going to law school.
His organizational skills,
Ford said, have been honed
and I believe the service has
really helped. Hes a well-
rounded individual.
Tate worked as an unpaid
intern for Ford for about a
year before being hired full-
time in January 2012 to work
at Fords Oak Park office, 816
S. Oak Park Ave. Tate agrees
with Ford, that his stint in
the military changed him.
Tate said that time helped
him as he earned a bachelors
degree in political science
from Northeastern Illinois
University in 2011 after leav-
ing the Air Force.
It made me gain confi-
dence and leadership, Tate
said. Instead of sitting all the
way in the back of the class
Im all the way in front of the
class. Im answering ques-
tions more than anyone else
in the class. When there is a
leadership role I like to take
it. I like to challenge myself.
Stationed at the Shaw Air
Force base near Sumter, S.C.,
Tate worked in logistics for
two years before becoming the
Air Forces equivalent to a MP.
I was an armed guard
guarding the opening of the
base and the F-16s, he said.
Tate now serves as a ser-
geant in the Army National
Guard. He said he missed
the military when he left
active duty. While in the Air
Force Tate began taking
college courses online. He
worked security jobs and
attended Northeastern when
he returned to Chicago after
the Air Force. He reconnected
with Ford, who was elected
state representative in 2006,
via Facebook.
I think one of my friends
was friends with him on Face-
book, Tate recalled.
After about a year as Face-
book friends, Tate sent a Face-
book message to his old teacher
asking about internships.
He was willing to volun-
teer for over a year without
pay, Ford recalled. I really
had to find a way to hire him,
especially with his skills as a
veteran and his willingness
to serve the community as a
volunteer.
Tate says he loves working
with veterans and can relate
to their need for help after
their service. As to whats it
like to work for his former
teacher, he says: I was a little
intimidated by him when I
first started. Hes my boss ab-
solutely, but hes also a good
friend too.
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A vet helping veterans
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Ald. Michael Chandler, 24th
ward
1158 S. Keeler
773-533-2400
Sen. Annazette Collins, 5th
District
2417 W. Madison St.
312- 733-5009
senatorannazettecollins.com
Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th Ward
259 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-626-2184
www.aldermanervin.com
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Government
Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th
Ward
5755 W. Division St.
773-261-4646
www.aldermandeborahgraham.com
Ald. Emma Mitts, 37th
Ward
5344 W. North Ave
312-744-4000
www.37thwardchicago.org
Rep. Arthur Turner, 9th
District
3849 W. Ogden Ave.
773-277-4700
www.friendsforturner.com
Austin Police 15th District
Cmdr. Walter Green
5701 W. Madison St.
312-743-1440
www.chicagopolice.org
CAPS (Chicago Alternative
Policing Strategy)
3510 S. Michigan Ave.
773-533-0900
www.chicagopolice.org
National Able Network
567 W. Lake St., Suite 1150
312-994-4200
www.nationalable.org
Dorothy Brown, Cook
County Clerk of the Circuit
Court
50 W. Washington St., Room 1001
312-603-5031
www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org
Earlean Collins,
Commissioner 1st District
5943 W. Madison St.
312-603-5031
Eugene Moore, Cook
County Recorder of Deeds
118 N. Clark St. , Room 120
312-603-5050
www.ccrd.info
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook
County Board President
118 N. Clark St. , Room 537
312-603-6400
www.cookcountyil.gov
A former Chicago alderman.
State Rep. LaShawn Ford,
8th District
5104 W. Chicago Ave.
773-378-5902
www.lashawnford.com
State Sen. Don Harmon,
39th District
6933 W. North Ave.
708-848-2002
www.donharmon.org
State Sen. Kimberly
Lightford, 4th District
10001 W. Roosevelt Rd., Suite 202
708-343-7444
www.senatorlightford.com
State Rep. Camille Lilly,
78th District
5755 W. Division St.
773-473-7300
www.camilleylilly.com
Attorney General Lisa
Madigan
100 W. Randolph St.
312-814-3000
illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/
State Rep. Karen Yarbrough
2305 W. Roosevelt Rd.
708- 615-1747
www.karenyarbrough.com
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis,
7th District
2746 W. Madison St.
773-533-7520
www.house.gov/davis
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Senator Don Harmon
6933 W. North Avenue Oak Park, Illinois 60302
(708) 848-2002
dharmon@senatedem.ilga.gov
Representative Camille Lilly
5755 W. Division St. Chicago, Illinois 60651
(773) 473-7300
statereplilly@yahoo.com
Alderman Deborah Graham
5755 W. Division St. Chicago, Illinois 60651
(773) 261-4646
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2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
W
hile most seniors are enjoying
their elder years in retirement,
79-year-old Marjorie Cobbs is hard
at work at her Austin food pantry.
She spends her Fridays with her small
volunteer staff running the Columbus
Park Food Pantry at the Columbus Park
Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson. The location is
open 12 months a year.
Though she is a retiree, Cobbs has
dedicated herself to the pantry she
founded 17 years ago. Donations have
slowed in this down economy, but Cobbs
and her crew of six to seven volunteers
carry on. Her pantry is among the
affiliate sites of the Greater Chicago Food
Depository. A North Lawndale resident,
Cobbs says her independent status
shes not affiliated with a church or
community group forces her to run her
site on a shoestring budget, much of it
coming from her personal finances.
Shes stopped renting trucks,
because she could no longer pay for the
mandatory refill of gas; money that
she takes out of her Social Security
checks. She now borrows vans from
people she knows. But that can only
happen on their time, so shes looking to
own her own cargo van to make things
more convenient. Undeterred, Cobbs, a
native of Detroit, finds ways to carry on,
something shes had to do in her personal
life.
Positive, yet fiery, those unfamiliar
with her would never notice she has a
serious health ailment, one that could
have cost her her life.
It was on April 9, 2010 Cobbs clearly
remembers the day that she was on
her way home from the pantry, driving
along Jackson Boulevard. Just before the
intersection near Cicero Avenue, Cobbs
blacked out behind the wheel. She hit
a parked car and seriously injured her
back. Never in 26 years of driving had she
ever had an accident, Cobbs said.
Doctors later discovered a pea-sized
tumor in the front area of her brain. It
wasnt cancerous, and she underwent
surgery to have it removed. It was a
slow-growing tumor that doctors believe
had been present for maybe a decade.
But she also suffered a blood clot in her
lungs from the accident and went through
extensive surgery.
The tumor has since returned, and
shes currently being treated. But Cobbs
proudly says that, unlike some other
elders, she can still do things for herself
cooking, cleaning, driving, all without
any need for a cane or a walker.
God wasnt ready for me; I still have
work to do, she said.
That work includes feeding whoevers
in need. It was around 1994 when she
founded the food pantry with a lady
friend who died before they could get
going. Cobbs chose to continue on.
I just decided to carry through with
it, she said.
Terry Dean
J.GEIL/File 2011
Ms. Marjorie Cobbs at her food pantry located at Columbus Park, 5701 W. Jackson.
Feeding her community
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Health
American Lung Association
of Illinois Greater Chicago
55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
312-781-1100
www.lungil.org
Aims to prevent lung disease and
promote lung health.
Austin Peoples Action
Center
Nicole Wardlaw
5125 W. Chicago Ave.
773-921-2121
www.apacsite.org
Provides housing referral assistance,
womens and childrens health care,
employment services, a GED equiva-
lency program, teen reach program,
senior supplement program and WIC
food center.
Boycon Medical Clinic
Dr. Ndudi Animeka
5129 W. Madison St.
Oers non-emergency medical,
pediatrician services, internal
medicine, sees seniors at home and
welcomes all ages.
Catholic Charities Austin
People Action Center
Cynthia Williams, CEO
5125 W. Chicago Ave.
773-921-2121
www.catholiccharities.net
Provides food to the elderly; low-
income, pregnant, postpartum and
breast-feeding women; infants; and
children under 6. Nutrition educa-
tion is also provided.
Chicago Laramie Medical
Center
5110 W. Chicago Ave.
773-287-2200
Provides non-emergency medical
services.
Circle Family Healthcare
Network
5002 W. Madison St.
773-379-1000
www.cfhcn.org
Christian based organization on
Chicagos West Side. Provides holisti-
cally oriented medical, behavioral,
social and educational services.
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fresenius Medical Care-
West Suburban Dialysis
Center
518 S. Austin Blvd., 5th oor
708-386-5550
www.ultracare-dialysis.com
Kidney disease, dialysis and lifestyle
center providing patients with
nutritional counseling, social worker
support, home training programs,
anemia management and more.
GSK Medical Center
5140 W. Chicago Ave.
312-672-9960
www.rapevictimadvocates.org
Providing free legal and medical
advocacy and counseling services for
rape victims and their loved ones. 24
hour crisis response to 12 hospitals,
including West Suburban Medical
Center. O ces downtown, Austin
and Stroger Hospital.
Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Donald Dew, Executive Director
415 S. Kilpatrick
773-261-2252
www.habilitative.org
A service agency that provides
community-based programs oered
at four care centers: Behavioral
Health Services, Children and Family
Services, Disability Management
Services and Residential Services.
Hartgrove Hospital
5730 W. Roosevelt Rd.
773-413-1700
www.hartgrovehospital.com
Infant Jesus Medical Center
5137 W. Chicago Ave.
773-378-4664
Provides non-emergency medical
services.
Jackson Laramie Health
Center
5120 W. Jackson Blvd.
You are not alone.
Rape Victim Advocates
is here to help.
RVA has been serving the
Austin Community for
over 13 years, providing
free, confidential
counseling, crisis
response, advocacy and
education services to
victims of sexual
violence, their loved ones
and the community.

Austin Office
4909 W. Division St.
Suite 511
Chicago, IL 60651

(773) 287-6057
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(312) 443-9603
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Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (888) 293-2080
Child and Adult Care Food Program
(773) 379-8332
Providers who participate in the YWCA Child and Adult Care Food Program can
help meet childrens nutritional care without passing the cost on to parents. The
federal program provides monetary reimbursement and nutrition training to home
child care providers to assist in offering more healthy meals and snacks to children
enrolled in their care.
YWCA Westside Center
5080 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60644
www.ywcachicago.org

Become a Home
Child Care Provider!
The YWCA Westside Center offers programming
for child care providers to ensure that they provide
quality services to working parents and care-givers.
Through its Early Childhood Services, the YWCA
Westside Center demonstrates a strong commit-
ment to providing exceptional and affordable early
education programs.
Our Programs Include:
Child Care Provider Training and Technical Assistance Services
(773) 921-5645
The YWCA Provider Services program offers early childhood professional develop-
ment for home- and center-based child care providers. The professional develop-
ment program trains and supports providers in various areas such as establishing
quality environments and recognizing child development stages.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
(773) 379-8332
Providers who participate in the YWCA Child and Adult Care Food Program can
help meet childrens nutritional care without passing the cost on to parents. The
federal program provides monetary reimbursement and nutrition training to home
child care providers to assist in offering more healthy meals and snacks to children
enrolled in their care.
YWCA Westside Center
5080 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60644
www.ywcachicago.org

Become a Home
Child Care Provider!
The YWCA Westside Center offers programming
for child care providers to ensure that they provide
quality services to working parents and care-givers.
Through its Early Childhood Services, the YWCA
Westside Center demonstrates a strong commit-
ment to providing exceptional and affordable early
education programs.
Our Programs Include:
Child Care Provider Training and Technical Assistance Services
(773) 921-5645
The YWCA Provider Services program offers early childhood professional develop-
ment for home- and center-based child care providers. The professional develop-
ment program trains and supports providers in various areas such as establishing
quality environments and recognizing child development stages.
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I
n 2008 the Department of Health and Human Services Region V collaborated
with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the American Medical
Association to form the Building a Healthier Chicago Initiative. Building a
Healthier Chicago was created in the hopes of increasing the health of Chicago
residents, with the specifc goals of increasing physical activity; improving healthy
eating; and preventing, detecting and controlling high blood pressure. Since its
beginning, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC) has gained many local and national
stakeholders that it seeks to support as they promote healthy living amongst
Chicagoans.
We hope that members of the community will join us as we seek to improve the
health of our families and neighbors. If you have suggestions or would like to get
involved, contact Athena Williams at info4community_solutions@yahoo.com or
call 773-887-4046.
For more information about building a healthier Chicago,
please visit our website at: www.healthierchicago.org
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- an Initiative of Building a Healthier Chicago
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family-centered environment, regardless of
the patients ability to pay.
Changing the
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Health
773-287-5827
Oers non-emergency family medi-
cal services.
L & M Family Health Center
5108 W. Madison St.
773-287-0751
Provides non-emergency medical
services.
Loretto Hospital
645 S. Central Ave.
773-626-4300
www.lorettohospital.org
A nonprot, community based orga-
nization that provides emergency
and non-emergency holistic medical
services.
Loretto Hospital
Ambulatory Care Center
(Outpatient Center)
645 S. Central Ave.
773-854-5476
www.lorettohospital.org
Patients have access to physicians,
nursing and clinical sta and
diagnostic testing facilities for non-
emergency services.
Loretto Hospital- Breathe
Easy Asthma/ Allergy
Center
645 S. Central Ave.
773-854-5475
www.lorettohospital.org
Oers a six-week program designed
to educate individuals on managing
their asthma. Participants receive an
Asthma Action Kit, which includes a
peak ow monitoring device and a
metered dose inhaler spacer.
Loretto Hospital- James D.
Montgomery Mens Health
Program
645 S. Central Ave.
773-626-4300
www.lorettohospital.org
Provides health care screenings and
assessment of health risks; educa-
tion and awareness; clinical and
hospital treatment, networking and
support groups; and referrals.
Louise Landau Medical
Center
3645 W. Chicago Ave.
773-826-3450
www.nealnorthhealth.org
This nonprot center of the Near
North Health Service Corporation
oers health care, social services
and nutrition education to the medi-
cally indigent and uninsured resi-
dents of the Near North Side (Cabrini
Green), West Town Humboldt Park,
West Gareld
Madison Clinic
4809 W. Madison St.
773-473-7800
Norwegian American
Hospital
1044 N. Francisco Ave.
773-772-4734
www.nahospital.org
PCC Austin Family Health
Center
5425 W. Lake St
708-383-0113
www.pccwellness.org
The Clinic opened in February 2010
PCC Community Wellness
Center
14 W. Lake St., Oak Park
708-393-0113
www.pccwellness.org
Provides high quality, aordable
and accessible primary health care
and support services for all ages.
Specializes in maternal and child
health services.
PCC South Family Health
Center
6201 W. Roosevelt Rd
708-386-0845
www.pccwellness.org
New clinic opened in 2012
Sankofa
T
he Sankofa Center is the
premier place for cultural
entertainment education, and
empowerment of African-Americans
on Chicagos west side.
The Sankofa Center provides
a variety of classes, seminars,
forums, workshops, and family-
friendly entertainment in a
warm, culturally-stimulating
atmosphere.
Cultural Arts
We strive to educate people
about African and African-
American culture and
history while providing
a fun and safe place for
visitors.
Classes include:
Culturally-inspired
art workshops,
African dance
Belly-dancing,
Quilting
Jewelry-making
Hand drumming
Chess lessons
Business Center
The Sankofa Center provides resources to help
African-American-owned businesses overcome
common pitfalls and grow.
Business classes include:
Workshops on writing business plans and
detailed forums to address the specific needs of
small business owners in the Chicago area.
Other classes focus on money management,
investments, and home ownership.
For more information, contact
Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center
5820 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60651
773-626-4497 www.sankofa-arts.com
CULTURAL ARTS & BUSINESS CENTER
Return to the Past,
to Build for the Future.
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Health
Rape Victim Advocates
Austin Community O ce
5846 W. Madison St.
773-486-3300
Provides non-emergency medical
services.
RGW Medical Center
3724 W. Chicago Ave.
773-287-2200
Provides non-emergency medical
services.
RML Chicago
3435 W. Van Buren St.
630-286-4000
www.rmlspecialtyhospital.org/
Sacred Heart Hospital
3240 W. Franklin Blvd.
773-722-3020
www.sacredheartchicago.com
Shriners Hospitals for
Children
2211 N. Oak Park Ave.
773-622-5400
www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.
org
Providing services to children up to
age 18.
Sinai Healthrst
4401 W. Division St.
773-252-3122
www.sscommunityhealth.net
Provides medical services, accepts
public aid cards and weight
management program.
Sinai Urban Health
Institute
California and 15th St., K-435
773-257-5960
www.suhichicago.org/
Sister House
Rochelle Sims
851 N. Leamington
773-626-0525
www.sisterhousechicago.org
Substance abuse recovery and
rehabilitation facility for women.
Provides medical care and counsel-
ing services.
St. Anthony Hospital
2875 W. 19th St.
773-484-1000
www.cath-health.org/
Stroger Hospital
1900 W. Polk St.
312-864-0060
www.cchil.org
Vanguard West Suburban
Medical Center
3 Erie Court
Oak Park
708-383-6200
www.westsuburbanmc.com
Westside Health Authority
5437 W. Division St.
773-378-5034
www.healthauthority.org
Westside Holistic Family
Services
JoAnne Anderson, Executive Director
4909 W. Division St.
773-921-8777
www.whfschicago.org
Provides holistic programs and
services that seek to address the
needs of individuals and families.
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Compensation
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For appointments, call 773/473-7800
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Austin Family Health Center
Were proud to be serving the Austin community! One of the most environmentally friendly community
health centers in the country, the PCC Austin Family Health Center was awarded Leadership in Energy
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At PCC, it is our philosophy that quality
health care should be available to everyone,
and no one will be denied services because of
inability to pay.

www.pccwellness.org 773-378-3347
Te PCC Austin Family Health Center oers
health services that span the life cycle from
prenatal care to senior care.

Walk-In Hours: Monday through Friday,
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Patients seen on a rst-come, rst-served basis.

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Other services include Behavioral Health,
Dental, and care for chronic illnesses such as
diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.
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Division Health Center
4909 W. Division Street, Suite #305
Chicago IL 60651
Ph: 773-921-8100; Fax: 773-921-4428
Hours: M, Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs 8:30am-8:00pm
Except, the 1st Tues of every month
1:00pm-8:00pm
Parkside Health Center
115 N. Parkside Avenue, 1st foor
Chicago, IL 60644
Ph: 773-921-9669; Fax: 773-921-2609
Hours: Mon 8:30am-8:00pm
Tues-Fri 8:30am-5:00pM
Except, the 1st Tues of every month
1:00pm-5:00pm
Children & Family Services
4909 W. Division, Suite #307
Chicago IL 60651
Ph: 773-921-8100; Fax 773-921-4428
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Behavioral Health Services
1633 N. Hamlin, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
Ph: 773-276-1200; Fax 773-276-8285
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Austin School Health Center
231 N. Pine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
Ph: 773-287-9770; Fax 773-287-9773
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Behavioral Health Services
Medical Health Services
new locations
Circle Family Health Care:
Centro de Medico
3059 W. 26th Street Early Summer 2012
Chicago, IL 60623
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John Marshall High School
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350 W. Adams Street Fall 2012
Chicago, IL 60624
Ph: TBA Fax: TBA
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Medical Health Services
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4710 W. Harrison Fall 2012
Hillside, IL 60162
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Caring for the Mind and Body;
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Physicians (lef to right):
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Family Practice Physician
Christine Smith, Nurse Practitioner
Family Practice
Penny White, MD
Pediatric Physician
Arlynn Manasse, Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric
Jon Beran, MD
Family Practice Physician
C. Emmanuel Ayers, MD
OB GYN Physician
Circle Family HealthCare Network Locations
5002 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60644
773.379.1000
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A
small but enthusiastic
group of female poets
gathered on a Saturday
afternoon at North Aus-
tin Branch Library for its
bi-monthly poetry slam.
Ranging in age from 10 to
72 years, from the depths of
their souls, the poets offered
up melodic, spirit-filled prose
and pearls of wisdom to the
small but equally enthusiastic
audience.
Most of these women
are regulars and have been
gathering at the North Austin
Branch Library, 5600 W. North
Ave., to share their verse for
more than five years. The
slam is sponsored by the
Chicago Public Library and
presented in the childrens
section.
Poet Inez Davis brought
along her two grandchildren
and her electric piano, which
she played while performing
her original piece, I Like My
Life Free and Easy.
Before beginning, she
announced, Dont yall laugh
at me. Ive never studied
music formally; I just like
to play around with it in my
poetry.
No one laughed, but
thoroughly enjoyed the
piece as apparent through
the audiences thunderous
applause.
The real show stopper was
first-timer Deajenea Daleney,
a 10 year- old Ella Flag Young
Elementary School student.
She actually wrote two of
her poems on the spot and
delivered them with wisdom
beyond her years.
We make decisions in a
second which last forever,
was the closing line of her
poem on decisions. Jessica
Dixon, 14, another EFY
student, delivered an equally
powerful poem about her
sister.
Dee Ann Payne delivered
two impromptu performance
pieces. One, titled I Am
a Success, was inspired
because its Black History
Month, said Payne, while
Free Your Mind, came from
listening to the other poets.
With dramatic expressions,
sweeping arm movements
and true theatrical form,
Payne captivated the
audience with her gifted
poetry.
Ida Barnes, at 72, is the
elder of the group and one
of the original participants.
She presented a Valentines
Day tribute to her special
Valentine, Jesus Christ.
Barnes said the poem came
to her one Valentines Day
when she was in the midst
of a pity party because I
didnt have any one to share
Valentines Day with or any
gifts. So I just took out some
paper and began to write
about my special Valentine
who is always there.
Barnes started writing
poetry in her early sixties and
recalls her first poem, Ida,
this is your body talking, as
a message to her and others
to take care of their bodies.
Barnes has published a book
of poetry called Words of
Wisdom which is a part of
North Austins collection.
The book also features poems
by her great-granddaughter,
granddaughter and three of
grandsons.
Loretta A. Ragsdell
Libraries
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Austin
5615 W. Race Ave.
312-746-5038
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West Humboldt
733 N. Kedzie Ave.
312-743-0555
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library/daley-w-humboldt
Humboldt Park
1605 N. Troy St.
312-744-2244
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library/humboldt
Legler
115 S. Pulaski Rd.
312-746-7730
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North Austin
5724 W. North Ave.
312-746-4233
www.chipublib.org/branch/details/
library/north-austin
North Pulaski
4300 W. North Ave.
312-744-9573
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4856 W. Chicago Ave.
312-743-0260
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Poetry at the library
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G
arfield Park Conserva-
tory volunteer Anna Chu
had a lot of explaining to
do to visitors of the West Side
botanic garden.
She likely didnt mind
explaining to patrons the
variety of sweet plants
the conservatory houses;
plants that produce such
mouth-watering treats as
gum, sugar and chocolate.
Other volunteers helped
educate patrons during the
conservatorys Tropical
Treat Nights from Feb. 8,
2012. The event took place
over two days, ending on Feb.
15. The later date coincided
nicely with Valentines Day
on Feb. 14.
Tropical Treat Nights
replaces the conservatorys
Sweet Saturdays event, which
replaced the popular and
long-held Chocolate Fest
held annually each February.
Sweet Saturdays, held for
the first time in February
2011 over three consecutive
Saturdays, was cancelled this
year due to hailstorm damage
last summer that smashed
the roof of the conservatory,
300 N. Central Park. The
Chocolate Fest ran for 10
years during a February
weekend. All of these
various events showcase the
conservatorys sweet plants.
Visitors not only learn
where chocolate and other
candies come from, but
can also taste the treats
themselves at stations located
around the East Garfield
Park, botanic garden. Chu
hosted a six-part chocolate
tasting at her station.
Arriving visitors were
greeted with a map of the
conservatory directing them
to stations showcasing how
plants contribute to some
of todays popular candies,
such as gummy bears. As the
guests followed the map, they
were given samples of candy
produced from those plants.
In the kids play area, guests
were plenty busy creating
valentines cards and making
musical instruments using
paper and rubber bands.
Robin Cline, who works
for the Garfield Park
Conservatory Alliance, the
botanic gardens nonprofit
arm, said they highlighted six
main sweet plants so people
can make the connection
between what they eat and
where it comes from.
Our last event, such as the
Chocolate Fest people came
out for the treats but left
without the facts about the
candy, she said.
Mary Bright, a Garfield
Park resident, has been a
visitor for more than 40 years,
and continues to come out for
their events. I come for the
Chocolate Fest. I love it here,
she said.
The Alliances One Pane
At a Time fundraiser is
currently seeking money to
help repair the roofs, and
has sold some of their plants
to both raise money for the
roof and save their beloved
treasures.
I buy plants from here to
support them, Bright said.
Jeramie L. Bizzle
ERIKA HILDEGARD JOHNSON/Contributer
Anna Chu, volunteer at the Gareld Park Conservatory, explains the dierences in types of
chocolate as part of the Conservatorys Tropical Treat Nights, in February.
Treats so sweet at e Conservatory
2012 austinweeklynews.com | 35
Join us for powerful teaching and practical
application of Gods Word and experience
positive results in your life.
We have ffty specialized ministries serving the
needs of our community ranging from Evange-
lism and Entrepreneurial Training to our highly-
successful Prison Ministry, and much more!
We look forward to seeing you. Please know
there is always a warm seat of Welcome
waiting for you at Living Word Christian Center!
Pastors and Founders:
Drs. Bill and Veronica Winston
(708) 697-5000 Phone
www.livingwd.org
WORSHIP SERVICES:
Sunday: 7, 9 & 11:15 AM
Wednesday: 6:30 PM
GROUP PRAYER:
Saturday: 8:30 AM
Wednesday: 5:15 PM
Sunday: 6:00-6:45 AM
We are the Prison Ministry
of Living Word Christian Center.
(We help you fnd a path to success after prison)
Our services range from job readiness & job placement
assistance to transportation and housing assistance to
vocational training referrals, and much more!
To be eligible for our services you must be ages 15 - 24*,
on parole previously released from IDJJ or IDOC within 90
days of release, and must live in the Austin Community.
To learn more call us at (773) 622-5701.
*Additional services also available for people 25 and over.
The Joseph Centers Vocational Training and Continuing Education Department
now offers classes ranging in length from a few days to 20 weeks that equip you to
perform with professional-level capabilities to pursue a better paying job, a pro-
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Introduction to Basic Data Communications (designing voice & data networks)
Introduction to Computers I & II
Introduction to Word Processing (MS Word)
Introduction to Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
Microsoft Access (building and managing databases)
Introduction to Presentations (MS PowerPoint), and more!
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www.JosephCenter.org.
Get the skills you need for todays job market at the
sponsored by The Joseph Center
VOCATIONAL
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Classes held at the Joseph Center within the Forest Park Plaza
7600 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL
708.697.6200
www.josephcenter.com

Join us for powerful teaching and practical


application of Gods Word and experience
positive results in your life.
We have ffty specialized ministries serving the
needs of our community ranging from Evange-
lism and Entrepreneurial Training to our highly-
successful Prison Ministry, and much more!
We look forward to seeing you. Please know
there is always a warm seat of Welcome
waiting for you at Living Word Christian Center!
Pastors and Founders:
Drs. Bill and Veronica Winston
(708) 697-5000 Phone
www.livingwd.org
WORSHIP SERVICES:
Sunday: 7, 9 & 11:15 AM
Wednesday: 6:30 PM
GROUP PRAYER:
Saturday: 8:30 AM
Wednesday: 5:15 PM
Sunday: 6:00-6:45 AM
We are the Prison Ministry
of Living Word Christian Center.
(We help you fnd a path to success after prison)
Our services range from job readiness & job placement
assistance to transportation and housing assistance to
vocational training referrals, and much more!
To be eligible for our services you must be ages 15 - 24*,
on parole previously released from IDJJ or IDOC within 90
days of release, and must live in the Austin Community.
To learn more call us at (773) 622-5701.
*Additional services also available for people 25 and over.
The Joseph Centers Vocational Training and Continuing Education Department
now offers classes ranging in length from a few days to 20 weeks that equip you to
perform with professional-level capabilities to pursue a better paying job, a pro-
motion, or to launch your own business. Upcoming classes include:
Introduction to Graphic Design for websites
Introduction to Basic Data Communications (designing voice & data networks)
Introduction to Computers I & II
Introduction to Word Processing (MS Word)
Introduction to Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
Microsoft Access (building and managing databases)
Introduction to Presentations (MS PowerPoint), and more!
To learn more or to enroll call (708) 697-6200 or visit us on line at
www.JosephCenter.org.
Get the skills you need for todays job market at the
sponsored by The Joseph Center
VOCATIONAL
TRAINING
and Continuing Education
Department
Classes held at the Joseph Center within the Forest Park Plaza
7600 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL
708.697.6200
www.josephcenter.com

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Parks
Austin Park
Tebrena Howard-Feurs, park
supervisor
5951 W. Lake St.
773-287-7658
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Facilities: Outdoor water play-
ground. History: Austin Park became
Chicagos responsibility in 1899 after
the area was annexed to the city.
In 1906, landscape architect Jens
Jensen created a plan for the long
narrow site along the Chicago &
Northwestern Railroad.
Austin Town Hall
Tebrena Howard-Feurs, park
supervisor
5610 W. Lake St.
773-287-7658
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Facilities: Auditorium, tness center,
gym, meeting rooms, locker rooms
and showers, outdoor basketball.
History: The large brick building was
inuenced by Philadelphias Inde-
pendence Hall and was designed by
architects Michaelsen and Rognstad.
In 1934, Austin Town Hall became
part of the Chicago Park District.
Clark Park
Gary Taylor, park supervisor
4615 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-287-7794
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Facilities: Basketball court and
community programs for children,
including recreational, athletic,
dance, after-school and more.
History: The park honors John S.
Clark, who was elected alderman of
the 30th ward in 1917.
Columbus Park
Jeanette Stovall, park supervisor
500 S. Central Ave.
773-287-7641
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Facilities: Baseball, tness center, golf
course, gyms, meeting rooms, outdoor
swimming and tennis courts. History:
Landscape architect Jen Jensen
Incorporated prairie-like designs.
Cottonwood Playlot Park
Gary Taylor, park supervisor
5056 W. West End
773-287-7794
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
History: Five cottonwood trees
once stood in a row near Central
Avenue and Race Street, which were
believed to have been Indian trail
treesplanted by Native Americans
to mark a travel route.
Gareld Park
Jim Hobson, park supervisor
100 N. Central Park
312-746-5092
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Hubbard Playlot Park
4942-58 W. Hubbard
773-287-0806
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
History: Named for Gurdon S.
Hubbard, a former representative of
the John Jacob Astor American Fur
Trading Company, who then became
one of the rst community trustees
and later a city alderman.
La Follette Park
Steve Collins, park supervisor
1333 N. Laramie
773-287-0541
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Facilities: community programs and
an outdoor water playground
Sweet Clover Playlot Park
Steve Collins, park supervisor
650 W. Leamington
773-287-0541
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
History: O cially named in 1998
after the clover that grew in the still
rural area in the 1800s.
For more information about your Chicago Park District,
visit our website at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or call (312) 742-PLAY (7529); (312) 747-2001 (TTY).
City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor
Chicago Park District, Board of Commssioners
Chicago Park District, Michael P. Kelly, Interim General Superintendent and CEO
Come out and LEARN
Each season the Chicago Park District
brings you an assortment of programs.
Visit your local park or check out our
website and nd out what we have to
oer.
Instructional programs include:
dance, music, gardening, swimming,
tness, shing, theater and MORE!
Parents, enroll your child in a program
while you enjoy your class at the same
park.
chicago park district
Find us on:
For more information about your Chicago Park District,
visit our website at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or call (312) 742-PLAY (7529); (312) 747-2001 (TTY).
City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor
Chicago Park District, Board of Commssioners
Chicago Park District, Michael P. Kelly, Interim General Superintendent and CEO
Come out and LEARN
Each season the Chicago Park District
brings you an assortment of programs.
Visit your local park or check out our
website and nd out what we have to
oer.
Instructional programs include:
dance, music, gardening, swimming,
tness, shing, theater and MORE!
Parents, enroll your child in a program
while you enjoy your class at the same
park.
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From checking and online banking, to personal, mortgage and
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2012 austinweeklynews.com | 41
Restaurants
2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
I
t was a long tradition of Willie Clarks
to grab a bite to eat at Ednas Restau-
rant in Garfield Park when he was in
the area conducting business.
But even after the restaurant changed
hands when its namesake, Edna Stewart,
died in 2010, Clark still treks from May-
wood to eat at the restaurant, now under
new management and with a new name:
Rubys. The renamed eatery opened in
December 2010.
Its the same tradition, same flavorful
soul food joint, Clark said. What can I
say about it, except the food is excellent.
Though the name has changed, the
traditions Stewart created over 40 years
still remains. Patrons still have a variety
of triple layer cakes to choose from. Her
famous buttermilk biscuit are still hot
and flakey. Beef short ribs and fried, farm-
raised catfish are top sellers on the menu.
Thats the way Henry Henderson, the
new owner, wanted it when he took over
the restaurant after Stewarts family de-
cided not to continue with the business.
The restaurant, 3175 W. Madison, has
been a West Side staple since 1966, when
Stewart and her father opened the busi-
ness. It was the hangout for residents
and became a popular stomping ground
for civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin
Luther King during his brief Chicago
stay in 1966.
Henderson, Stewarts longtime pro-
duce man, bought the restaurant a few
months after her death. While the move
felt right to Henderson, his wife, on the
other hand, was apprehensive. She didnt
want to be bothered with a restaurant
but eventually came around, he said.
Some of the restaurants employees
also urged him to buy the business. He
changed the name to Rubys after his
late mother, but kept the signage design
thats so characteristic of Ednas. Hen-
derson made some cosmetic changes, but
holds onto the quality Stewart demanded
of her food and service. He kept the same
cook and wait staff.
Edna Stewart, he recalls, was meticu-
lous about her food, a trait he still ob-
serves. Stewart made 90 percent of her
food from scratch, he says. But Hender-
son added some lighter items, such as a
croissant turkey sandwich, pasta dishes
and chicken fingers to the menu.
I say 85 percent of the menu is still of
Ednas same recipes, Henderson said.
I didnt want to take everything from
Ednas touch. Henderson never thought
in his wildest dreams he would own the
restaurant. It seemed such a big feat, he
recalled, for someone who grew up in a
small Mississippi town. But as he thought
about it more, it began to feel right.
Henderson already knew a little about
the business since he would often give
Stewart a hand if it got busy in the res-
taurant. It was out of love for a friend
that he decided to take it over.
I thought about what would happen
to her legacy, Henderson said. I think
she would have wanted me to do it. I
think she would have been proud.
La Risa Lynch
LA RISA LYNCH/Contributor
Henry Henderson serves customers at Rubys Restaurant, 3175 W. Madison. Hen-
derson took over Ednas when its namesake Edna Stewart died in 2010.
From Ednas Restaurant to Rubys
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2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E 2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
Restaurants
6978 Soul Food
6978 W. North Ave.
773-237-6079
Alices Restaurant
5461 W. Division St.
773-921-1100
Andy Snack Shop
4528 W. Division St.
773-292-0553
Casual, family atmosphere. Serves
traditional American food for break-
fast, lunch and dinner.
Austin Grill & Subs
5604 W. Division St.
773-626-8295
Casual, family atmosphere that
serves traditional American food,
subs and sandwiches.
Barneys Pizza
5654 W. Division St.
773-287-9100
www.barneypizzeria.com
Barbecue, Italian and Pizza. Lunch
and dinner
Big Tony Food
5519 W. Corcoran Pl.
773-378-2418
Casual atmosphere that serves Ital-
ian and American
Bunnies Diner
5148 W. Madison St.
773-261-9440
Chop Suey Kitchen
5353 W. Madison St.
773-379-0311
Casual family atmosphere. Serves
Asian, Chinese.
Chubbys Caf
2544 S. Western Ave.
773-247-9100
Colemans Hickory House
5754 W. Chicago Ave.
773-287-0363
Serves barbecue chicken, ribs, hot
links, perch and Italian beef.
D Beef & Fried Rice
5451 W. Madison St.
773-287-8611
Serves Asian
Happy Fish & Chicken
5 S. Cicero Ave.
773-379-4444
Chicken and seafood
JJ Fish
800 N. Kedzie
773-533-1995
Fish & Wings
5608 W. Madison St.
773-261-3474
Fish & Wings
Joes Barbeque Fish
4900 W. Madison St.
773-626-5910
Serves American, seafood, barbecue
Karlas Kitchen
6204 W. North Ave.
773-622-8850
www.karlaskitchenchicago.com
La Casa Del Jibaro
3614 W. Division St.
773-227-9051
Serves Mexican
La Palma Puerto Rican
1340 N. Homan Ave.
773-862-0886
Serves traditional Puerto Rican,
stews, plantains, sandwiches, rice,
beans and more for lunch and
dinner. Hours: Mon-Sat. 9 a.m. - 8
p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
LJs Restaurant
303 S. Cicero Ave.
773-287-5579
Serves traditional American
Luigis Pizza
4212 W. Madison St.
773-722-0109
MacArthurs Restaurant
5412 W. Madison St.
773-261-2316
www.macarthursrestaurant.com
Serves Southern cuisine, includ-
ing traditional favorites like fried
chicken, cornbread, collard greens,
peach cobbler and more.
Marvins Restaurant
901 S. Cicero Ave.
773-261-4314
Serves Southern soul food, Ameri-
can.
McDonalds Restaurant
5624 W. Roosevelt Rd.
773-921-0056
www.mcdonalds.com
Serves American burgers, chicken
sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries.
Happy Meals and more.
5133 W. North Ave.
773-237-8655
5015 W. Madison St.
773-378-1470
5153 W. Chicago Ave.
4048 W .Madison St.
773-722-8164
Mr. Fried Rice
524 S. Laramie
773-261-1515
Serves Asian, Chinese
Photo by LA RISA LYNCH/Contributor
Joining Sheila Simon at MacArthurs included Mary Denson, publisher of Windy City Word,
and West Side aldermen Jason Ervin, Michael Chandler, Deborah Graham and Emma Mitts.
2012 austinweeklynews.com | 43
Restaurants
My Mothers Kitchen
6818 W. North Ave.
773-887-4368
New China Chop Suey
5751 W. Division St.
773-626-6084
Serves Asian, Chinese
Papa Charles Restaurant
1206 N. Central Ave.
773-378-8511
Serves American, Italian
Peeples Taco Place
5944 W. Chicago Ave.
773-626-7699
Serves Tex-Mex, soul style tacos.
Popeyes
3202 W. Chicago Ave.
773-638-8191
www.popeyes.com
Serves cajun-style spicy and mild
fried chicken, biscuits, burritos, dirty
rice, mashed potatoes and more.
Quench, the Experience
5815 W. Madison St.
773-287-3663
www.ilovefoodgroup.com/quench.
htm
Rubys Restaurant
3175 W. Madison St.
Sara & Lees
5535 W. Chicago Ave.
773-378-0402
Serves Southern and soul food
favorites.
See Thru Chinese Kitchen
800 N. Kedzie
773-826-0488
www.seethrukitchen.com
Serves Asian, Chinese
Sonys Sub
5124 W. Chicago Ave.
773-261-0200
Fast, casual atmosphere serving
American subs, sandwiches and
sides.
Sunny Sub
1161 N. Pulaski
773-292-0658
Serves American, subs, sandwiches
and sides.
Sunny Sub
4803 W. Madison
773-287-1100
Serves American, subs, sandwiches
and sides.
Tasty Subs
3723 W. Chicago Ave.
773-722-6147
Serves American, sub, sandwiches.
Tims Fried Rice
5637 W. Division St.
773-287-7803
Serves Asian, Chinese and American.
TJ Gyros
5945 W. Division St.
773-261-5500
Serves Greek, American, gyro
sandwiches.
Toys Beef & Rice
336 S. Laramie
773-379-4212
Serves Asian, Chinese
Wallaces Catsh Corner
2800 W. Madison St.
773-638-3474
www.catshcorners.com/
Serves seafood and barbecue.
Whale Fish & Chicken
5650 W. Division St.
773-626-3000
Serves seafood, chicken and sides.
4955 W. Madison St.
773-921-0889
Serves seafood, chicken and sides.
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Shear Elegance
Beauty Salon
Mr. RICKY - Stylist/Owner
5725 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone 773-921-1680
Fax 773-921-1835
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MacArthurs
Restaurant
Fine Southern Cuisine
Open Daily
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
5412 W. Madison
773-261-2316
773-261-6125 (fax)
www.macarthursrestaurant.com
Congratulations from
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Restaurant
Fine Southern Cuisine
Open Daily
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
5412 W. Madison
773-261-2316
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hen Mikia Robinson,
17, began her search
for a high school, she
knew she wanted to go to Al
Raby School for Community
and Environment, 3545 W.
Fullerton in the East Garfield
Park neighborhood.
The 17-year-old junior chose
the school, not because it
focuses on environmental and
social justice but because the
school has high expectations
of students.
It is a strict school,
Robinson said. They are
very strict on us when it
comes to attendance and
grades. Thats mainly why I
chose Al Raby.
Since the schools opening
in 2004, the small college
preparatory high school has a
65 percent college enrollment
rate, which mirrors the
national average. Thats a
fitting accomplishment for
a school named after a man
who helped integrate Chicago
Public Schools and worked with
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on
fair housing issues during the
Chicago Freedom Movement
campaign in the 1960s.
Eight years after the
1954 U.S. Supreme Court
ruling that ruled segregated
schools unconstitutional,
black children still sat in
overcrowded Chicago schools
while desks remained empty
in white neighborhood
schools.
The citys former schools
chief, Benjamin Willis, placed
mobile home-like classrooms
on black elementary
schools playlots to relieve
overcrowding, a move that
angered black parents.
Raby, a West Side
school teacher, and other
community leaders began
organizing marches against
the board of education. Rev.
John Crawford, of Faith
Inc., worked with Rabys
organization, Coordinating
Council of Community
Organizations. He said Raby
and other leaders organized
300,000 parents, students and
residents to march on the
Chicago Board of Education
and boycott city schools.
Activist Stephen Perkins
said Rabys passion for
education came from his
experience growing up on the
South Side. Raby, a Chicago
native born in 1933, taught
himself to read in the fifth
grade since, recalled Perkins,
vice president of Center for
Neighborhood Technology.
In 1988, Raby died of
a heart attack at age 55.
Perkins said Raby was more
than a civil rights leader
and educator he was an
environmentalist, a feminist
and very interested in
peace. Raby, Perkins added,
believed that people must
take responsibility for their
conditions, and community
organizing is a way to do that.
That premise shaped Raby
High School, which Perkins
led the effort to open 10 years
ago.
I think Al would be proud
to have a school named after
him that was doing good
educational work, Perkins
said.
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Schools
Al Raby High School
3545 W. Fulton Blvd.
773-534-6755
www.alraby.org
Alaine Locke Charter School
Patrick Love, principal
3141 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-265-7232
www.alainlocke.org
Grades: prek-8
Alfred Nobel Elementary
School
4127 W. Hirsch St.
773-534-4365
American Quality Schools
850 W. Jackson Blvd.
312-226-3355
www.aqs.org
Angel Wings Daycare
Center, Inc
5365 W. North Ave.
773-745-0262
Applied Arts Science Tech.
Academy
Carole Collins Ayanlaja, principal
730 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-534-6980
www.aasta.cps.k12.il.us
Austin Business and
Entreprenuership Academy
231 N. Pine
773-534-6316
www.abeacademy.org
Grades: 9-12
Austin Career Education
Center
5352 W. Chicago Ave.
773-626-6988
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Austin High School Campus
231 N. Pine
773-534-6300
www.austin.cps.k12.il.us
Austin Polytechnical
Academy
Latonya Austin
231 N. Pine
773-534-6300
www.austinpolytech.com
Cameron Elementary
School
1234 N. Monticello Ave.
773-534-4290
www.cameron.cps.k12.il.us
Casals Elementary School
3501 W. Potomac Ave.
Catalyst School- Circle Rock
Michael Kisang, principal
5608 W. Washington Blvd.
773-945-5025
www.catalystchools.org
Grades: K-8
Chicago Academy
Elementary School
3400 N. Austin Blvd.
773-534-3885
Chicago Talent
Development Charter HS
4319 W. Washington Blvd.
773-345-8768
www.ctdhs.net
Christ the King Jesuit
College Preparatory
Temple Payne, principal
5800 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-261-7505
www.ctkjesuit.org
Collins Academy High
School
1313 S. Sacramento Blvd.
773-534-1840
www.collinsacademyhs.org/
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Schools
CSW Career Academy
High School
1239 S. Pulaski Rd
773-22.5133
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DePriest Elementary
School
Minnie Watson, principal
139 S. Parkside
773-534-6800
Grades: prek-8
Dr. Bills Learning Center
Dr. McMiller
18 W. Lake St. Oak Park
708-434-0336
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4909 W. Division St.
773-626-5551
Edward Kennedy
Ellington School
243 N. Parkside
773-534-6361
Grades: prek-8
Ella Flagg Young
Elementary School
Shirley Scott, principal
1434 N. Parkside
773-534-6200
www.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: K-8
Ellington Elementary
School
Crystal Bell, principal
244 N. Central Ave.
773-534-6361
Grades: prek-8
Emmet Math Science
Tech Academy
Dr. Jacqueline A. Robinson, principal
5500 W. Madison St.
773-534-6050
Grades: prek-8
EXCEL Academy
at Orr Campus
Marva Whaley-Anobah, principal
730 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-534-6560
www.excel.cps.k12.il.us
Stands for Educating Exceptional
Children at Every Level. Grades: 9-12
Fenwick High School
Peter Groom, principal
505 W. Washington Blvd.
Oak Park
708-524-9496
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Schools
First Start Child Care
4753 W. Washington Blvd.
773-379-4928
Francis Scott Key
Elementary School
Deborah Duskey, principal
517 N. Parkside
773-534-6230
www.key.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: K-8
Fredrick A. Douglass
Academy High School
Dr. Deborah Crump, principal
543 N. Waller
773-534-6176
www.douglassacademy.org
Grades:9-12
Galapagos Elementary
Charter School
3814 W. Iowa Ave.
773-384-9400
www.galapagoscharter.org
George Leland Elementary
School
Dr. Loretta Brown-Lawrence,
principal
5221 W. Congress Parkway
773-534-6340
www.leland.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-3
George Rogers Clark
Elementary School
Dr. Felicia Stewart, principal
1045 S. Monitor
773-534-6225
www.clark.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-8. Also provides
programs for autistic and physically
handicapped children.
George Westinghouse
College Prep
Dr. Janice Jackson, principal
3223 W. Franklin Blvd.
773-534-6400
www.newwestinghouse.org
Grades: 9-12
Greater West Town
Bob Fittin
500 N. Sacramento
312-432-9595
www.gwtp.org
Gregory Math & Science
Academy
3715 W. Polk
773-534-6820
www.gregoryacademy.org
Harriet E. Sayre Language
Academy
Susan Ustabecir, principal
1850 N. Newland
773-534-3351
www.sayre.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-8
Henry H. Nash
Elementary School
Tresa D. Dunbar, principal
4837 W. Erie St.
773-534-6125
www.nash.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-8
His & Hers Barber School
5355 W. Madison St.
773-378-9737
www.hisandhersbarberschl.com
Horatio May Community
Academy
Roger Lewis, principal
512 S. Lavergne
773-534-6140
www.may.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-8
Howe School of Excellence
Kisha Campbell, principal
720 N. Lorel
773-534-6060
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5355 West Madison St . Chicago, Illinois 60644 tel 773.261.2099 fax 773.261.2066
Haircut Prices
Children $5 Adults $7
On Saturdays & Holidays all
services are $2 extra
Classes
Starting
Now!
Dont wait, tomorrow
may be too late!
Full & Part-time Classes,
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Veterans Approved
For more information, or
to make an appointment, call:
773.261.2099
Closed Sunday & Monday
Tuesday - Friday
8am - 3pm
Saturday
8am - 2pm
C
ontinuing an establishe
family tradition in barbering,
Elaine Sappington opened
His & Hers Barber School, Inc. in 2001
and received an Award of
Merit from the Austin Chamber of
Commerce. Ms. Sappington is the frst
woman to open a barber school on the
West Side of Chicago. The school is
licensed by the Illinois Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation,
and is a member of the Barbers Union.
The school boasts four licensed
instructors and two instrutors aides
and two complete classrooms. Classes
are taught in both
English and Span-
ish, and tests are
available in both
languages.
Ms. Sappington
opened the school
because she saw
a need
for barber training
on the West Side.
The barbering business is a lucra-
tive one, and with hard work barbers
can earn a good living, she said. But
barber and beauty shops have been in
the black community for many years
here in Chicago, going back to the days
of Madame C.J. Walker.
According to Ms. Sappington,
barbers have to be ready for anything,
including styles that come and go. We
are committed to serving the com-
munity and we offer the education
and training to our students that will
give an ambitious man or woman the
opportunity to have a lucrative and
satisfying career in barbering.
Ms. Sappington has been a
member of the Austin Chamber
of Commerce since opening her school
and enjoys the networking
opportunities. She sees more people
becoming interested in opening their
own business on the West Side.
Our school is an avenue for young
men and women to do something
positive with their lives learning and
earning a living. My goal is to remain
committed to the community and give
those who want it, an opportunity to
make an honest living.
Ms. Sappinton
gives glory to God
and Ms. Camille
Lilly in thanks for the
success of the school. The
school does not receive any
fnancial aid or grant money.
His & Hers Barber School,
Inc. offers haircuts to the
public for $7 (children 10
and up and adults) and $5 (infant to
age 9), Tuesday through Friday, 83pm,
and on Saturdays for $9 (children 10
and up and adults) and $7 (infant to
age 9), 82pm. His & Hers Barber
School, Inc. students are trained in
graphics but do not offer them to the
public because many parents and
schools do not allow them.
To inquire about the schoo
or register for classes, call
773-261-2099 or email
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Haircut Prices: Children $5 Adults $7
On Saturdays & Holidays all services are $2 extra
Classes Starting Now!
Dont wait, tomorrow may be too late!
Full & Part-time Classes, Day or Evenings
Veterans Approved
For more information,
or to make an appointment, call:
773.261.2099
Closed Sunday & Monday
Saturday
8am - 2pm
Tuesday - Friday
8am - 3pm
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Schools
Humboldt Park Vocational
Education Center
1645 N. California Ave.
773-489-8989
Jacob Beidler Elementary
School
Charles Anderson, principal
3151 W. Walnut
773-534-6811
www.beidler.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: prek-8
John Hay Academy
Wayne Williams, principal
1018 N. Laramie
773-534-6000
www.hay.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: k-8
John Marshall
Metropolitan High School
Angel Johnson, principal
3250 W. Adams St.
773-534-6455
www.marshallmetrohighschool.org
Grades:9-12
Joseph Locke Elementary
School
Graciano Ortega, principal
2828 N. Oak Park Ave
773-534-3300
www.lockeschool.org
Grades: k-8
Joseph Lovett
Elementary School
6333 W. Bloomingdale
773-534-3130
Grades: prek-8
Kipp Ascend Charter School
1616 S. Avers Ave.
773-617-4057
www.kippascend.org
Learn Romano
Butler Campus
1132 S. Homan Ave.
773-826-6330
Learn Charles and Dorothy
Campbell Campus
212 S. Francisco Ave.
773-826-0370
Learn Excel Campus
2401 W. Congress Parkway
312-243-7001
Leslie Lewis Elementary
School
Dr. Sharon Brown Hayes
1431 N. Leamington
773-534-3060
Grades: prek-8
Louis Armstrong Public
School
Demetrius Bunch, principal
5345 W. Congress
773-534-635
www.larmstrong.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: 3-6
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Van Buren St.
312-850-7055
www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x
Marine Math & Science
Academy
145 S. Carpenter Ave.
773-534-7818
Mary Lyon Elementary
School
Cliord Gabor, principal
2941 N. McVicker
773-534-3120
www.marylyonsschool.com
Grades: K-8
Maternity BVM
3647 W. North Ave.
773-772-9401
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773-227-1140

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Schools
McNair Academic Center
Shirley Dillard, principal
4820 W. Walton
773-534-8980
Grades: prek-8
Michele Clark Academic
Preparatory Magnet High
School
Beulah Mclyod, principal
5101 W. Harrison St.
773-534-6250
www.micheleclark.org
Grades: 6-12
Milton Brunson Math
& Science Specialty
Elementary School
Dr. Carol Wilson, principal
932 N. Central Ave.
773-534-6025
Grades: prek-8
Moses Vines Prep Academy
Patricia A. Woodson, principal
730 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-534-8808
MVPA is a small school that oers
an accelerated program for both
advanced learners to excel and for
struggling students to catch up and
begin their academic race. The high
school has a three-prong program
for instruction for grades 9-12
Northwest Institute for
Contemporary Learning
Academy
5108 W Division St
773-921-2800
North Lawndale College
Prep
LeCael Palmer-Prat
1616 S. Spaulding Ave.
773-542-1490
www.nlcphs.org
Oak Park Christian
Academy
3105 N. Oak Park Ave.
773-637-8301
www.opca.net
Orr Academy High School
Tyese Sims, Principal
730 N. Pulaski Rd.
773-534-6500
www.orracademy.org
Grades:9-12
Pathway to Accelerated
Student Success (PASS)
Dionne Kirksey, Pass Institute
Director
3250 W. Adams St.
(773) 534-8821
Phoenix Military Academy
145 S. Campbell
773-534-7275
www.phoenixmilitary.org
Piccolo Elementary
Specialty School
1040 N. Keeler Ave
773-534-4425
www.piccolo.cps.k12.il.us
Plato Learning Academy
-elementary school
Dr. Vanesa Thompson, principal
5545 W. Harrison St.
773-413-3090
www.plato-academy.org
Plato Learning Academy
-middle school
Dr. Vanesa Thompson, principal
116 N. Leclaire
773-673-5100
Polaris Charter Academy
620 N. Sawyer Ave.
773-534-6680
www.pcachicago.org
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Technology
Technology is one of the outstanding
components to our school. We try our
very best to provide our students with
access to the new and innovative resources
to enhance their educational experience.
Every classroom is equipped with:
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students to have touch screen access to
assignments
Document Lamps
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students navigate their way through all
assignments and equipment
In an efort to continually provide more
services and opportunities for our students,
we are excited to announce our upcoming
relocation. In the Summer of 2012, we
will be relocating to the Crane Campus at
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Jackson Boulevard.
We have worked each year with the CPS
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ofer all of our students a true high
school experience. A co-share at Crane
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academic and programmatic opportunities
with its:
art and science labs
competition gymnasium
auditorium and stage
full cafeteria and cooking kitchen
library
school-based health clinic
athletic track and football/soccer feld
parking lot
is a College-Prep Academy that links learning with career experiences.
While our Freshman Success Academy focuses on helping students
successfully transition from 8th grade to high school, our Media &
Technology Academy focuses on preparing students for professional life in
college and careers. Our courses include career explorations and internship
opportunities provided to give our students a hands-on learning experience.
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5345 West Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60644
773-534-6365
www.larmstrong.cps.k12.il.us
Mrs. Demetrius Bunch,
Principal
Ms. Danita Howze,
Asst. Principal
Call 773-534-6365 to learn more!
WELCOME TO
LOUIS
ARMSTRONG
SCHOOL!
(Grades 3-6)
Our mission is to establish a professional learning community
which will involve administrators, teachers, parents and community
members as well as other constituents who have a vested interest in
promoting student achievement.
All stakeholders will work collaboratively to enhance the
intellectual growth of students through reading and math
programs complemented by science and technology.
We aim to fulfll this mission by ofering
MUSIC SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Students receive FREE guitar and keyboarding lessons from MuzicNet,
one of the most respected private music schools in the Chicago area!
BOYS BASKETBALL
Boys learn teamwork & positive peer interaction while enjoying
healthy competition.
CHEER SQUAD
Our girls transition into young ladies through team building and increased
self esteem while expressing school spirit.
F.R.E.S.H.
For Kids-Health & Nutrition program in which parent & child interacts
while learning to lead a healthier lifestyle.
GIFTED CLASSES
Classes where instruction and learning are accelerated at least one year
above grade level!
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL (RIF) PROGRAM
Each student receives two books of their choice to enjoy at home!
KIDBIZ3000/TEENBIZ 3000
An educational website that integrates technology with the classroom
curriculum that students can access from any computer!
BIG TEN-S.C.O.R.E. Program
A partnership with Te Big Ten Organization that provides funding
for educational feld trips, school incentives and books to supplement
classroom libraries!
HIGH SCHOOL READINESS
As part of the Austin-North Lawndale Network of the Chicago Public Schools, our
school provides yearlong activities to ensure our students are college and career ready!
MOTHER-SON & FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCES
Annual formal dances where the bonds existing between students and parents/
parental fgures are celebrated! Students escort their parents/parental fgures to each
event.
MORNING FITNESS CLASS FOR PARENTS
FREE ftness classes available for parents in the morning afer bringing
your students to school for Universal Breakfast!
SCHOOL MOTTO: We can make a diference today
at home, school and in our community by improving
yesterday and preparing for tomorrow!
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Schools
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Prosser Career Academy
Kenneth Hunter, principal
2148 N. Long
773-534-3200
www.prosseracademy.org
Grades:9-12
Providence- St. Mel School
Jeanette DiBella, principal
119 S. Central Park
773-722-4600
www.psmnow.com
Grades: prek-12 (private)
Rowe-Clark Math & Science
Academy
Joseph Tenbush, principal
3645 W. Chicago Ave.
773-242-2212
www.roweclark.org
Grades:9-12
Ryerson Elementary School
Conmeka E. Madison, Principal
646 N. Lawndale Ave.
773-534-6700
www.ryersonschool.org
San Miguel School - Gary
Comer Campus
Michael Anderer-McClelland,
principal
819 N. Leamington
773-261-8851
www.sanmiguelchicago.org
Grades: 6-8 boys and girls
Spencer Elementary Math
and Science Academy
Dr. Shawn Jackson, principal
214 N. Lavergne
773-534-6150
www.spencertech.org
Grades: prek-8
St. Angela School
1332 N. Massasoit
773-626-2655
saintangela.org
St. Paul Lutheran Church
and School
Glen Kuck, principal
846 N. Menard
773-378-6644
www.ourchurch.com/member/s/
stpaul-austin
Grades: k-8
Sumner Elem Math &
Science Academy
4320 W. 5th Ave.
773-534-6730
Touch by an Angel Child
Care
6134 W. North Ave.
773-237-8222
tbaadaycare.com
Ucan Uhlich Academy High
3110 W. Grand Ave.
773-265-1235
VOISE Academy
High School
231 N. Pine
773-535-8652
www.voise.cps.k12.il.us
Grades: 9-12 Virtual Opportunities
Inside a School Environment (VOISE)
opened in 2008 on the Austin High
School Campus.
Whitney Young High School
211 S. Lain St.
773-534-7500
www.wyoung.org/
Willa Cather School
2908 W. Washington Blvd.
773-534-6780
www.cather.cps.k12.il.us
Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett
773-777-7900
www.ccc.edu/colleges/wright
No Registration or Document Fees Ever!
We accept children 15 months to 12 years of age
City of Chicago & DCFS Licensed
Extended Evening Child Care Available
Grave Yard Shift Child Care Available
Private Outdoor Play Area
Creative Learning
Accredited Staff* Nurse on Call
Hot Nutritious Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack
Head Start Program
Bilingual Staff
Dance Staff
Field Trips & Seasonal Activities
All Staff are trained and certifed in First Aid & CPR
Mon-Sun 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Angel Wings
Daycare Center, Inc.
Childcare
In the Austin Community
773/745.0262
For further information,
please call us at 773/745.0262
NOW
ENROLLING
Garland
Flowers
137 S. Oak Park Ave.,
Oak Park, IL
708-848-2777 or 1-877-244-3181
www.garlandfowers.net
Worldwide Delivery - Major Credit Cards Accepted
Proudly Serving the
West Side & Oak Park for 65 Years
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Seniors
2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
W
hen Malcolm Crawfords garden
was falling apart, the first person
to come to the rescue was Mary
Peery, an Austin resident with just the ex-
perience and knowledge Crawford needed.
Peery, founder and president of the
Austin Green Team, has been creating
and maintaining community gardens on
the West Side for 22 years. Her 17th garden
will be the Ed Bailey and Leola Spann
Memorial Garden, located at the corner of
Chicago Avenue and Mayfield. The Austin
African American Business Networking
Association (AAABNA), Crawfords orga-
nization, is the gardens sponsor.
For her work at Bailey Spann, and for
her two-plus decades of creating green
spaces in Austin, Peery was honored by
AAABNA with the Delores McCain Com-
munity Service Award, named after long-
time Austin Weekly News reporter Delores
McCain, who died in September 2010.
She received the award at the Net-
working Associations eighth annual
Kwanzaa Celebration on Dec. 30, 2011, at
the Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business
Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave. Crawford
and his wife, Stacia, have owned the
Sankofa Center since 2007.
Mary Peery, she is well into her 80s,
and she continues to do work; when our
garden was falling apart, she came in,
Crawford, the Associations executive di-
rector, said. She was the first person there
to help us to re-mulch and everything.
Crawford said he and his executive
committee were inspired to honor Mc-
Cain with an award in her name. It was
an easy decision, he noted, because of
the good she had done in the community,
and the assistance she gave to the As-
sociation over the years.
McCain worked for 11 years at Austin
Weekly News, chronicling and celebrat-
ing Austin. Peery was a close friend and
ally of hers.
Oh yes, thats my girl, Peery said.
The Bailey Spann garden is named
after Peerys deceased sister, community
activist Leola Spann, and for the late
Ed Bailey, longtime leader of the South
Austin Coalition Community Council.
The Austin Green Team began in the
600 block of North Latrobe in 1989 when
a dangerous, abandoned apartment
building inspired Peery to take action.
After Peerys own block club had tried
in vain to board up the building at Huron
and Latrobe to keep squatters and drug
dealers out, the rape of a 14-year-old girl
in the abandoned apartment complex
drove Peery to more urgent action.
That really got me. I just couldnt take
it anymore, she said.
After several trips downtown to the
Daley Center, to then-Ald. Percy Giles
office, and a final plea to city nonprofit
Openlands, Peery finally succeeded in
getting the building torn down.
Thats when her work really began.
I said, Now I got the building down,
but what am I going to do with this va-
cant lot? Peery recalls.
After another trip downtown and some
haggling with a city clerk, Peery got
permission to build a community garden
in the spot. Peery, her grandchildren and
several other mothers and grandmothers
removed all the debris by hand.
After the land was cleared, that follow-
ing spring Peery got a donation from a
woman in Wilmette to put up a fence
she began planting trees and flowers.
I named it paradise, and its still
named paradise, she said.
Patrick Smith
FRANK PINC/Contributer
Mary Perry with members of the Austin Green Team at their memorial Brick
Garden at Laramie and Washington.
Watching her gardens grow
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Seniors
Austin Satellite Senior
Center
Runita Rutues, Thomas Jones
5071 W. Congress Pkwy.
312-743-1538
www.cityofchicago.org/aging
Operated by the South Austin Coali-
tion Community Council. Provides a
tness program, computer classes,
library access, assistance with
benets eligibility and more to
seniors residing in the 24th, 28th,
29th and 37th wards.
Catholic Charities
Commodity Supplemental
Food Program Nutrition
Services for the Elderly
4940 W. Flournoy
773-378-3127 or 773-378-3777
www.catholiccharities.net
USDA supplemental food and
nutrition program administered by
the Illinois Department of Human
Services. Provides Chicago residents
60 or older with a monthly nutri-
tion food package, and nutrition
education.
Central Plaza Residential
Care Home
321 N. Central Ave.
773-626-2300
Oers long term nursing facilities
along with health, dental, dietary,
therapeutic and social work services.
Columbus Manor
Intermediate Care Nursing
Facility
5107 W. Jackson Blvd.
773-378-5490
Provides mental health services.
Columbus Park Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center
901 S. Austin Blvd.
773-287-5959
www.nursinghomeshelp.com/
carehomes/columbus.html
Provides seniors with medical,
therapeutic, diet, dental and long
term care services.
Jackson Square
5130 Jackson Blvd.
773-921-8000
Loretto Hospital Golden
Life Senior Wellness
Program
645 S. Central Ave.
773-626-4300
www.lorettohospital.org
Promotes health through access
to quality medical care. Provides
health education, and social and
recreational activities.
Mayeld Care Center
5905 W. Washington
773-261-7074
www.mayeldcarecenter.com
The preferred west side facility for
excellence in healthcare. A proud
provider of the most comprehensive
clinical care services in the area.
Senior Suites of Austin
335 N. Menard
773-466-8906
www.seniorhousing-chicago.com
Senior lifestyle community oering
a range of oor plans, monthly
housekeeping services and specially
designed safety features.
Westside Coalition for
Seniors
Mary Futrell
5071 W. Congress
Austintalks.org
Bethel New Lifes Beth-Anne
Place computer lab for elders.
We Choose Belmont Village.
Licensed nurse on-site around the clock
Chef-prepared, restaurant-style dining
Free scheduled transportation daily
Fitness and social activities
Medication management
Housekeeping and laundry
Assistance with daily living
Circle of Friends


memory support
Short-term stays available
Specialized Alzheimers care
Mom is getting older now and needs a little help with things like meals and daily living activities.
Belmont Village is the perfect choice. She has her own apartment in a beautiful community.
She has friends, activities to keep her busy, a driver to take her places, even chefs to cook
her meals. Plus, she receives hands-on assistance from Belmonts trained staff whenever
she needs it. Shes happy! That makes me happy, too.
We choose Belmont Village.
OAK PARK
1035 Madison Street
(708) 848-7200
SC Lic. 47837
2012 Belmont Village, L.P.
The Community Built for Life

oakpark.belmontvillage.com
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We Choose Belmont Village.
Licensed nurse on-site around the clock
Chef-prepared, restaurant-style dining
Free scheduled transportation daily
Fitness and social activities
Medication management
Housekeeping and laundry
Assistance with daily living
Circle of Friends


memory support
Short-term stays available
Specialized Alzheimers care


OAK PARK
1035 Madison Street
(708) 848-7200
SC Lic. 47837
2012 Belmont Village, L.P.
The Community Built for Life

oakpark.belmontvillage.com
AustinCommunityGuide_2_2012_BV.indd 1 2/24/12 11:42 AM
We Choose Belmont Village.
Licensed nurse on-site around the clock
Chef-prepared, restaurant-style dining
Free scheduled transportation daily
Fitness and social activities
Medication management
Housekeeping and laundry
Assistance with daily living
Circle of Friends


memory support
Short-term stays available
Specialized Alzheimers care
Mom is getting older now and needs a little help with things like meals and daily living activities.
Belmont Village is the perfect choice. She has her own apartment in a beautiful community.
She has friends, activities to keep her busy, a driver to take her places, even chefs to cook
her meals. Plus, she receives hands-on assistance from Belmonts trained staff whenever
she needs it. Shes happy! That makes me happy, too.
We choose Belmont Village.
OAK PARK
1035 Madison Street
(708) 848-7200
SC Lic. 47837
2012 Belmont Village, L.P.
The Community Built for Life

oakpark.belmontvillage.com
AustinCommunityGuide_2_2012_BV.indd 1 2/24/12 11:42 AM
We choose Belmont Village.
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West Suburban Medical Centers
Senior Transportation
Program
West Suburban Medical Center
3 Erie Court Oak Park, IL 60302
River Forest Campus
7411 W. Lake St. River Forest, IL 60305
Curb-to-curb service for
those over 60 and living
in the program boundaries
48 hour advance reservation is required.
Call toll free: 855-711-RIDE (7433)
Weekdays: 7:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
www.westsuburbanmc.com
The facility where care
and confidence come together.
Founded in 1985, Mayfeld HealthCare and Rehabilitation Center is a
156-bed facility located in the historic Austin community on the west
side of Chicago, in close proximity to many local hospitals. Not only has
Mayfeld long been acknowledged as a leading senior care provider, our
fully renovated, beautifully designed facility is now widely recognized as
one of the most attractive in the area.
Through the years, Mayfeld has continued to grow and evolve to meet
community needs, and today offers a full continuum of care, as well as a
broad array of specialty programs and services including:
Cardiovascular Care Program directed by Dr. Lou Ivanovic
The Transitional Care unit at Mayfeld Higher acuity post-hospital care
Rebound Rehab Bridging the gap between hospital and home
Long-term skilled nursing care
Moreover, our convenient location provides immediate access to hospital
specialists in virtually every area of medicine, as well as emergency care,
should it be required.
5905 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
773-261-7074
www.mayfeldcarecenter.com
See our upcoming events on page 65
and look for our bi-weekly ad
in Austin Weekly News.
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5905 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
773-261-7074
www.mayfeldcarecenter.com
We take pride
in our community...
Mayfeld HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre
takes pride in being an active member of the
Austin neighborhood and are involved in many
community initiatives. Mayfeld has enjoyed
a wonderful relationship with the church
community that has spanned over 30 years.
Mayfeld also hosts several events throughout
the year that are open to the neighborhood.
Special Events
National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15 - 12
Red Carpet Event Thursday, April 19, 2pm
Mothers Day Fashion Show Friday, May 11, 2pm
Fathers Day BBQ and Motorcycle Parade Sunday, June 17
14
th
Annual Summerfest Friday, August 10, starts at 11am
Back to school supply giveaway
Monthly Community Health Seminar
Call for more details
Mayfelds 13th Annual Summerfest
To reserve space or for more information,
please contact
Dawn Ferencak at
(708)613-3329
dawn@oakpark.com
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assisted living, care management services, transportation,
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Fathers Who Care is a non-proft
organization that promotes a myriad of
programs and initiatives supporting the
wellness and development of responsible
fathers, families and youth initiatives
within the West Garfeld Park community.
FWC is the lead agency for the Illinois
Violence Prevention Initiative to address
violence prevention through its Safety Net
Works Program. FWC colloboratively works
with community based organizations,
youth advocates, law enforcement, public
servants, faith-based and educational
institutions to identify and mobilize
local resources and community participation to achieve violence
prevention and youth development strategies
Community residents are invited to join the West Garfeld Park
Stakeholder's coalition meeting to address ways to make our
community a "Violence-Free Zone."
Who We Are
Fathers Who Care Safety Net Works Youth Leadership Council
engages their peers in leadership development, violence
prevention activities and events as well as promotes non-
violence lifestyles through a variety of ways.
Weekly Youth Council Meetings every Monday at
4:30pm
Youth-Led Community Events, Community Healing,
Youth Townhalls & Summits
Youth leadership committees tackling issues,
strategies and fundraising opportunities for their
community.
Youth-Led weekly CAN-TV Show on Channel 21
Recreational Activities
Youth College Tours & Scholarships
Fathers Who Care
Fathers Who Care | 4540 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60624 | (773) 287-5821
Fax: (773) 287-5853
email: info@fatherswhocare.org
She took care of you when you were young,
making sure all your needs where met. Now,
you may notice that she does not socialize
much, needs help with eating, cleaning,
taking medication, and getting around.
We Understand!
Bethel New LifeCommunity of Elders
Adult Day Health Care I n- Home Services Beth-Anne Place Supportive
Living Facility
4950 W. Thomas, Chicago, IL60651
773-473-7870 www.bethelnewlife.org
Contact us today to learn more about our
senior services and Winter Promotions.
773-473-4780 Ext.118
She took care of you when you were young,
making sure all your needs where met. Now,
you may notice that she does not socialize
much, needs help with eating, cleaning,
taking medication, and getting around.
We Understand!
Bethel New LifeCommunity of Elders
Adult Day Health Care I n- Home Services Beth-Anne Place Supportive
Living Facility
4950 W. Thomas, Chicago, IL60651
773-473-7870 www.bethelnewlife.org
Contact us today to learn more about our
senior services and Winter Promotions.
773-473-4780 Ext.118
Contact us today to learn more about our
senior services and on going Promotions.
773-473-7870 Ext.118
She took care of you when you were
young, making sure all your needs where
met. Now, you may notice that she does
not socialize much, needs help with
eating, cleaning, taking medication,
and getting around.
We Understand!
She took care of you when you were young,
making sure all your needs where met. Now,
you may notice that she does not socialize
much, needs help with eating, cleaning,
taking medication, and getting around.
We Understand!
Bethel New LifeCommunity of Elders
Adult Day Health Care I n- Home Services Beth-Anne Place Supportive
Living Facility
4950 W. Thomas, Chicago, IL60651
773-473-7870 www.bethelnewlife.org
Contact us today to learn more about our
senior services and Winter Promotions.
773-473-4780 Ext.118
Social services
2 0 1 2 W E S T S I D E C O M M U N I T Y G U I D E
T
he Madison Street head-
quarters of Circle Family
Heath Care is where CEO
Andre Hines runs the six-site
health care organization of
about 120 employees. For
Hines, its all about serving
the community, a belief shes
had since childhood.
I have a heart to serve,
said the leader of the
nonprofit Chicago health net-
work. The work that I do, in
my opinion, is a mission. Its
not just another job. My heart
is to serve where the needs
are the greatest.
What attracted her to Circle
Family was that it not only
served those with the greatest
needs, but also was unasham-
edly Christian in both its
vision and practice.
The mission of [Circle
Family] is in line with who I
am, she said. We begin our
weekly staff meetings with
devotions. I wanted to work
at a place where we can feel
comfortable praying.
Circle Family provides a
full range of medical and
behavioral services to more
than 60,000 patients a year.
It has three community
health centers: one on 4909 W.
Division near Cicero, one in
Rock Church at the corner of
Parkside and Central, as well
as one on the Austin High
School campus, 231 N. Pine.
There is also a behavioral
health facility in Humboldt
Park and a mental health
residential facility in Albany
Park.
Hines is especially proud
of Circle Familys mobile
health vehicle, staffed by a
physician, counselors and
case managers who bring the
networks services to 22 com-
munities. Many of the stops
are at homeless shelters.
Hines credits her mother
for instilling in her the
desire to serve. Her mom, an
ordained minister, moved the
family to Chicago from Gulf-
port, Miss. in the 1970s. Hines
was working as a receptionist
in a health care facility while
struggling as a single parent
earning a minimum-wage
salary. Thats when it dawned
on her that she could be
counting pennies the rest
of her life. That realization
motivated her to go to college.
She and her young son
scraped by when she started
college.
In the months when we
had extra money, wed have
butter with our grits, she re-
called. After we got through
those years, I couldnt eat
grits for a long time.
After receiving a bachelor
of arts in public administra-
tion from Roosevelt Universi-
ty followed by an intern-
ship, a masters degree, and
two post-graduate fellowships
Hines received a doctor-
ate from Central Michigan
University in 2009.
Hines resides in western
suburban Forest Park and at-
tends Living Word Christian
Center there. Hines has some
clear ideas on health care re-
form and those who resist it.
She recently wrote in Circle
Familys latest newsletter:
We live in a system designed
to separate us into the haves
and have-nots. I believe God
is using the government to
provide avenues to greater
health care for everyone and
particularly the poor.
Tom Holmes
From
single
mom to
CEO
J. GEIL/File2011
Andr Hines, CEO of Circle Family Healthcare Network.
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Social services
Allison United Foundation
for Better Living
Kathy Allison, director
4540 W. Washington Blvd.
773-261-3309
www.austinchicago.com/new/orgs/
aubl.htm
Addresses the physical, social,
nancial and spiritual needs of
individuals within the community.
Provides help with housing, employ-
ment, transportation, adult literacy,
GED equivalency and more.
Austin YMCA
501 N. Central Ave.
773-287-9120
www.ymcachgo.org
An organization that supports the
physical, mental and spiritual well
being of individuals and families
to improve the quality of their
lives. Services include Austin adult
mental health services, access to a
Loretto Family Care Center, child care
programs and housing.
Catholic Charities Austin
Peoples Action Center
5125 W. Chicago Ave.
773-378-8760
www.apacsite.org
Provides food to the elderly; low-
income, pregnant, postpartum and
breast-feeding women; infants; and
children under 6. Nutrition educa-
tion is also provided, home visiting
as well.
Center for Neighborhood
Technology
2125 W. North Ave.
773-486-7600
www.energycooperative.org
A nonprot organization that helps
residents take control of their energy
costs by making their homes more
energy e cient.
Chicago Anti-Hunger
Federation
Jessica Bouboulis
4345 W. Division St.
773-252-3663
www.antihunger.org
A non-prot organization provides
high-quality, nutritious meals to
Chicagos hungry.
Circle Family Healthcare
Network
5002 W. Madison St.
773-379-1000
www.cfhcn.org
Christian-based organization on
Chicagos West Side. Provides holis-
tically-oriented medical, behavioral,
social and educational services.
Fathers Who Care, Inc
Rev. Walter Jones, executive director
4540 W. Washington Blvd.
773-287-5821
www.fatherswhocare.us
Friends of Columbus Park
Food Pantry
Marjorie Cobbs, founder and director
5701 W. Jackson ( at the Columbus
Park Refectory)
773-521-1682
Open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Clients served as early as 8 a.m.
Habilitative Systems
415 S. Kilpatrick
773-261-2252
www.habilitative.org
A services agency that provides
community-based programs oered
at four care centers: Behavioral
Health Services, Children and Family
Services, Disability Management
Services and Residential Services.
Loretto Hospital- Addiction
Center
645 S. Central Ave.
773-854-5445
www.lorettohospital.org
Provides substance abuse services.
5130 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60644
tel: 773.921.8000
fax: 773.921.0749
Call and ask for information
about our Senior Club
Private Suites Available
On-Site Physician Services Oversight up to 7 days a week
Short-term Rehabilitation
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This section will preview holiday happenings in the Austin area.
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Holiday Church Guide I The best place for churches to
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Social services
Rape Victim Advocates
Sharmili Majmudar
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600
312-672-9960
www.rapevictimadvocates.org
Providing free legal and medical
advocacy and counseling services for
rape victims and their loved ones, 24
hour crisis response to 12 hospitals,
including West Suburban Medical
Center. O ces downtown, Austin
and Stroger Hospital.
Sistas of the Hood
1726 N. Parkside Ave.
773-804-1916
Urban Family and
Community Centers
4241 W. Washington Blvd.
773-722-8333
www.premocenterforwomenand-
children.org
Provides food service; Primo
Womens Center; a transitional shel-
ter for women and children; a day
care program for clients only; and an
after-school program and a summer
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Westside Ministers
Coalition
5308 W. Chicago Ave.
773-261-0207
www.westcoalition.com
Community resource center
Youth Outreach Services,
Inc.
Rick Velasquez, executive director
2411 W. Congress Pkwy.
773-777-7112
www.yos.org
Helps youth nd safe homes, stay in
school and avoid substance abuse
and gang involvement.
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4909 W. Division, Suite #307, Chicago, IL 60651
Behavioral Health Services 773-276-1200
1633 N. Hamlin, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60647
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231 N. Pine Ave., Chicago, IL 60644

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