Fall 2019 | Quarterly eNewsletter
Mary Ellen Guest, Executive Director of CBA, to be Honored at Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation 2nd Benefit Dinner
We are proud and excited to share that our Executive Director, Mary Ellen Guest, will be honored with a Housing & Senior Services Award at the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner on October 30th. For its second year, the GAGDC Benefit Dinner will celebrate and honor community partners and organizations that have supported GAGDC as they continue to impact neighborhoods and families throughout the Chicagoland area.

"Because of Mary Ellen's expertise and her selfless support of seniors, GAGDC takes pride in this mark of distinction as the awardee of the Housing and Senior Services award," GAGDC said in a statement.

For many years, Mary Ellen Guest has been a vital part of the Auburn Gresham community working with senior residents. Since 2010, Mary Ellen has worked tirelessly with GAGDC collaborating in presentations, workshops, festivals and assisting with the National Register designation of the Auburn Gresham Bungalow Historic District. Most recently, she has managed the Energy Savers program, assisting in completing over 500 Energy Savers retrofits since July 2016, translating to $3.9 million invested in the Auburn Gresham community, and counting.

“I am so very honored to be receiving this Award from the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC)," said Mary Ellen. "It means the world to me to be recognized for doing work that I love, alongside people I love—the GAGDC staff and the seniors of Auburn Gresham.”

GAGDC's mission is to foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that improve the community’s economic viability; increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens.

Proceeds from the Benefit Dinner will support the GAGDC programs, services, and initiatives to continue building and supporting the Greater Auburn Gresham community.
GAGDC 2019 Benefit Dinner
Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30 - 9pm
Hotel Fairmont Chicago - Millennium Park
200 N Columbus Dr, 60601
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Adapting Your Home to a Long Life: Accessibility into the Golden Years
Are you moving an aging parent into your home, or are you planning to stay put into your golden years? With planning and creativity, you can make that home more accessible and current projects more cost-effective by incorporating design items into renovations you may have already been planning. Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn techniques and modifications that will help make your home ready for the changes and challenges that life brings while maintaining the features that make it feel like home.
Monday, November 11 | 6-7:30pm
Austin Irving Public Library
6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634
Monday, November 18 | 6-7:30pm
Beverly Public Library
1962 W 95th St, 60643
Property After Death
Homeownership remains a great source of wealth and opportunity for American families, and passing that wealth on to the next generation is important. Unfortunately, too many neglect to discuss and plan with their families about how this will happen. Robin Staggers, Special Executive Assistant to Cook County Recorder of Deeds, will explain how to transfer your home (as well as your car and bank account) without having a will or trust—with no probate, no legal fees, and no court costs.
Wednesday, December 4 | 6-7:30pm
Tuley Park Cultural Center & Fieldhouse
501 E 90th Pl, 60619
In Case You Missed It: New and Improved Trusted Referrals Directory!
Our directory of recommended contractors, tradespeople, service providers, and vendors has been redesigned for improved user experience!

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Award Nominations Due in One Week!
Nominate your completed bungalow home improvement project (or that of a neighbor or friend) for our 15th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards for a chance to win  $1,000  in the following categories: Exterior Rehabilitation, Interior Rehabilitation, Interior Restoration, Small Project, Green Project, Landscape Design, and Window Restoration.

Nomination Guidelines:
  • Certified brick Chicago-style bungalow
  • Located in the City of Chicago
  • Project completed within the last 5 years
  • Includes 'before' and 'after' photos

Projects will be judged by a panel of architects, preservation experts, and civic leaders.
All nominations are due by Tuesday, October 29, 2019.  On-site viewing, and photo/video shoot, of the finalists' bungalows will be conducted on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9.

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