South Shore Community Resources

The South Shore community is a family oriented neighborhood located just southeast of the University of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Its entire coast line is green space and beaches, interrupted only by two blocks of modern apartment buildings. Parkland, golf courses and recreational centers are among the amenities that bring visitors to the community, of 61,283 residents. The community is served by six distinct commercial areas, 71st street, 75th street, 79th street, Stony Island Avenue, Exchange Avenue, South Chicago Avenue, and the industrial corridor immediately south of the neighborhood. Most of the above mentioned strips have approval as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.

Rush’s district include communities that can boast world-class health and educational institutions and a diverse array of businesses, there are others where youth unemployment and acts of violence are far too common. Today, Rush continues to carve an effective course of sound legislative leadership that protects consumers, supports our military personnel, creates jobs, expands businesses, and promotes America’s national energy policy. To learn more Click Here

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families. Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.
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A Chicago native and fierce community advocate with deep roots in the South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Leslie Hairston has built a professional career dedicated to public service. Hairston has been heavily involved in professional, legal and social service activities, such as the Illinois State Bar Association, Friends of the Park, Kaleidoscope Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is particularly proud of her work with youth-based initiatives. To learn more Click Here

As Alderman Mitchell became more established in his professional career, he focused his attention towards the community that nurtured and greatly contributed to his success. Alderman Greg Mitchell is a strategic, visionary, leader who has the ability to garner support from the community, civic and business leaders to make things happen. He shares the vision of many of his neighbors – safer streets, quality schools and responsible economic development. To learn more Click Here

As Alderman she expedites and resolves city service concerns for 8th Ward residents, represents the 8th Ward community in City Council, promotes economic development, providing more resources for youth and seniors, educational improvements, less crime and a clean community.To learn more Click Here

The SSA or Special Service Area, also known as Business Improvement Districts are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. Our goal is to create a more attractive commercial environment for consumers, residents and business owners by installing planters, more trash receptacles, banners and holiday decorations to create a more vibrant community. To learn more Click Here

Call 311 for assistance with non-emergency City Services and for information on events, programs and agencies within the City of Chicago. Chicago’s Open311 brings unprecedented levels of openness, innovation and accountability to the delivery of City services. We’ve reinvented and reinvigorated City service delivery with the latest in digital technologies. To learn more Click Here

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. The Plan provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and as set of strategies which are currently being implemented to foster regional growth. To learn more Click Here

Land of Lincoln. The name "Illinois" comes from a Native American word meaning "tribe of superior men." Louis Joliet and Father Marquette were the first Europeans to arrive in Illinois in 1673. Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818 and was the 21st state to enter the Union. To learn more Click Here

Welcome to Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people. 237 square miles of land, an estimated 2,695,598 residents, dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums, more than 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, More than 7,300 restaurants, and many more. To learn more Click Here

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) licenses, educates, regulates and empowers Chicago businesses to grow and succeed as well as, receives and processes consumer complaints. BACP provides bi-weekly and monthly informative sessions to help businesses act responsibly and create economic vitality and vibrant communities for the people in Chicago. BACP also educates small business and consumers to ensure the public is protected against fraudulent practices, and investigates for business compliance in areas such as: sales practices, fuel, natural gas, electricity, durable and non durable merchandise and services. To learn more Click Here

City Colleges gives students access to a quality education and ensures their success by providing them with the support to complete their program and move on to further education or a career. City Colleges has transformed the lives of more than one million students through education. City Colleges of Chicago aims to ensure the success of every student and serve as an economic engine for the City of Chicago. To learn more Click Here

The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. To Learn More Click Here

In a park system as large as Chicago's, there are a number of ways patrons can get involved to make a difference in their park and community. From working or volunteering at a park and joining your local park advisory council to providing input at a monthly Board meeting or through the Contact Us form, the assistance of our patrons is invaluable. To Learn more Click Here

The CPD website is designed to provide general information about the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. You will also find information on how you can make your neighborhood a safer, more enjoyable place to live. To learn more Click Here

We deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities. We will accomplish our mission by setting clear goals, standards and priorities, communicating openly with customers and employees, and supporting employees so that they can serve customers. To learn more Click Here

Recognizing the need for professional management of public construction projects, Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1956 formed the Public Building Commission of Chicago to oversee and help ensure quality facilities, an important goal that continues to lie at the heart of the organization. To learn more Click Here

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) is a municipal corporation created by the Illinois General Assembly. Its Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago. The Chairman is selected by the MPEA Board. MPEA owns McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, and seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs, expositions and meetings in the state of Illinois in a dedicated effort to strengthen the local economy. MPEA also owns the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, a Four Diamond AAA-rated hotel located on the McCormick Place campus, and looks forward to welcoming the Marriott Marquis Chicago and Wintrust Arena to the community. To learn more Click Here

Chicago Public Schools’ mission is to provide a high quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. To fulfill the mission, they make three commitments to our students, their families and to all Chicagoans: Academic progress, Financial stability, Integrity. To learn more Click Here

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. RPC was formed in December 1996 by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through the merging of two organizations he founded earlier, People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH, 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (1984). Their mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world. To learn more Click Here