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People coming together to bridge the gap between the West Side of Chicago and West Suburbs. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Thursday, August 20th - 7:30am to 9am hosted by Native Foods, 7343 Lake St. in River Forest. Native Foods Café has grown to become America's premier fast-casual vegan restaurant group spanning coast to coast. Serving made-from-scratch, chef-crafted cuisine to vegans and non-vegans alike, with seasonally updated one-of-a-kind dishes, delicious desserts and homemade beverages inspired by our innovative culinary team. Their food is made fresh daily—from  homemade tempeh and seitan, to Native Cheese, to sauces and drinks, dressings and desserts too! Their entire menu is 100% plant-based because they strive to create a compassionate dining experience serving up homemade meals that are good for you, your family and the environment. Attend this meeting and you'll get to try some of their refreshments! RSVP is required! Contact Alicia by 8/18 at (708) 613-3344 or alicia@oakpark.com
  • Thursday, Sept. 17th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.

Interested in hosting a West Side Bridge meeting? You need a space that can accommodate up to 45 people. Hosts get the chance to give a short 10minute presentation, and can offer a tour of the facility if they so choose. Contact Alicia for details: (708) 613-3344 or alicia@oakpark.com

Check back often for updates on future meetings.

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Things Are Looking Up  

Posted: May 28th, 2013 11:20 AM

Excited for the ideas and influences that will be generated by this group! And Thyme & Honey's food is great, so don't miss this next meeting!

William Smiljanich from Chicago  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 2:39 PM

Love the idea between the West Side Bridge. That is my heart as well to bridge the gap between residents who left the west side and residents who currently live there. Their connection is mutually beneficial. It is time we confront the effects of segregation on communities in Chicago that left neighborhoods behind while the suburbs flourished. It is time for us to talk about it, deal with the hard stuff, reconcile, and create a new norm.

Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: May 25th, 2013 11:52 AM

West Side Bridge involvement continues to grow!

Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: May 12th, 2013 12:28 PM

West Side Women have met 4 times, and West Side Men had their first meeting in April. You can see some of the good energy here: http://www.austinweeklynews.com/Directory/Resources/West-Side-Women/ and here: http://www.austinweeklynews.com/Directory/Resources/West-Side-Men/

Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: May 12th, 2013 12:20 PM

We are in our early stages of meeting with the intention of sharing our roles in the communities we serve, and suggesting connections and partnerships that could spur positive growth.

4 Freedom  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 3:17 PM

Seems like a great cause. What types of activities does this organization engage in to form and maintain relationships?

Ralph Crammed In  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 2:20 PM

This may help with bridging the gap: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/busroute.aspx?RouteId=180 Seriously...keep us posted on your progress.

Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: May 11th, 2013 1:58 PM

Who can join me at West Side Bridge?