Mahalia Jackson Plaza to be Built in Chatham

A new temporary community plaza is coming to Chatham. As reported by Block Club Chicago, the neighborhood addition could be completed as soon as summer 2022. The site which will span 8,500 square feet is to be located at the corner of E 79th Street and State Street and will honor legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who was a longtime Chatham resident. Mahalia Jackson is remembered as a vibrant pillar of the community and as one of the most influential figures in Gospel music.

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City Council Approves TIF For Various City Parks

The Chicago City Council has approved the financing for multiple small-improvement projects of various Chicago Park District properties across the city. A majority of the funds will come from various Tax Increment Financing districts, which are often supported by fees from developers. Many city parks are dealing with aging facilities while handling the demand for open space over the last two years. The investments will affect eight city parks, with six of the smaller projects being as follows:

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