Paula Robinson of the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission explains how the group is implementing sustainability plans like preserving the Lakefront and Washington Park in its pursuit of distinction as a "Black Metropolis".
The 113-year-old structure, which once played a role in labor history, civil rights, jazz and even the advancement of U.S. Communism, came close to being demolished by the city last year. Now a new owner is trying to figure out what to do with the building.
Several groups work with Chicago's homeless population; One Heart One Soul is a local group that runs programs to raise awareness on homelessness and other social issues. One of its programs, Unspoken Words: A Voice For Homeless Youth, had an eight-week stint at a shelter on Chicago's South Side.