Thursday, August 3, 2017

Join our Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport on Nextdoor

I created a page for our Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport on Nextdoor: Bronzeville, the reach is 931 neighbors, and 2,775 nearby neighbors that are sharing events, and news amongst their neighbors. I am posting our link and inviting you to join our group. This is another way to share information, and gather information about whats happening on the South Side of Chicago. We can announce to our neighbors, and invite to our "Host Growth", and other Meet-Ups.

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.

Nextdoor's Mission

We created this company because we believe that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. We hope that neighbors everywhere will use the Nextdoor platform to build stronger and safer neighborhoods around the world.

Core values

  • Invest in community
  • Put our members first
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Communicate openly
  • Act like an owner


  • We are for neighbors
  • For neighborhood barbecues. For multi-family garage sales. For trick-or-treating
  • We're for slowing down, children at play.
  • We're for sharing a common hedge and an awesome babysitter.
  • We're for neighborhood watch. Emergency response. And for just keeping an eye
    out for a lost cat.
  • We believe waving hello to the new neighbor says, “Welcome” better than any doormat.
  • We believe technology is a powerful tool for making neighborhoods stronger, safer places
    to call home.
  • We're all about online chats that lead to more clothesline chats.
  • We believe fences are sometimes necessary, but online privacy is always necessary.
  • We believe strong neighborhoods not only improve our property value, they improve
    each one of our lives.
  • We believe that amazing things can happen by just talking with the people next door.
  • We are Nextdoor. We are simply you and your neighbors, together.
Alpha Bruton
Leader Culture CSSH

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday South Side Hosts Meet-up at Kilwins Hyde Park

I just wanted to send a quick note thanking everyone for coming out to the Ice Cream Social. I hope you had a blast.

Special thanks to Suzetta who set up the event with Kilwins. The Southside Host Community is the best!

See you all soon!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Potluck Dinner Party- Host Picks the Menu Theme

Join us  for our monthly leadership meet-up just RSVP

Chicago South Side host leaders will gather at the home of one our South side hosts and discuss upcoming events, initiatives and activities on the South Side of the city. Hosts will bring a dish and eat dinner together!

Host Leader's theme for June was a
Creole- Caribbean Cuisine-
6pm - 9pm at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts,
436 E. 47th Street, Room 205. 

Tanya (West Side), Alpha, Jared, Aughty, Suzetta, Fanti

Main Dish with and without sea food - Alpha
Vegetables/ Salad - Suzetta
Fruit (exotic) / Fruit Juice Beverages - Aughty
Plantains - Fatai
Appetizers  - Host
Wine Beverage- Carribean Punch

Chicago South Side host leaders will gather at the home of one our South side hosts and discuss upcoming events, initiatives and activities on the South side of the city. Hosts will bring a dish and eat dinner together!

Dinner at Savannah, May's theme was Chico De Mayo, we unveiled the blog spot.
and undated each other on social experiences for Airbnb hosts for the summer.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CSSH- Merchant Walk - Art and Business District in Bronzeville

Business owner Niclole M. Davis of Mindful Indulges, vegan pastries, and truffles,
On May 20, Chicago South Side Host took a merchant walk in the Bronzeville Art and Business District. Meeting up at Gallery Guichard, and the Bronzeville Artist Lofts.

Business owner Frances Guichard, meets the group and talks about the Gallery

 "Two Fish was so good! Looking at the table scrapes, need I say more?"
"Backyard patio Felicia shows her expansion, so guest can have an outdoor setting while enjoying her delicious meals"

Owner of Simply Soups 

"Simply Soups donated a sample tray for our meet up"
Showroom 302, 436 E. 47th St, Bronzeville Artist Lofts

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2017

A Message From Brian- Airbnb

Reposted from June 16, 2017 Message to Airbnb Host
Hi Airbnb Chicago South Side Hosts,
From the very first days of Airbnb, hosts have been the heart of this community. You’ve welcomed strangers into your homes, and made deep, meaningful connections. You’ve housed victims of natural disasters—and refugees from war-torn nations. And in doing so, you’ve transformed what it means to travel and have enabled tens of millions of people to find a sense of belonging in places they’ve never visited before.

Volunteer Day at William Hill's  Dorchester Botanical Garden

Without you, Airbnb would still be a couple of guys renting out air mattresses in our living rooms.

That’s why every step we have taken as a company has been informed by the experiences—and opinions—of our host community. Listening to you has always been, and will always be, one of our top priorities.

To that end, earlier this year, I met with hosts in eight cities across the world—from New York City to Cape Town; London to Delhi. At the beginning of the trip, I made a series of commitments to the host community: we pledged to create 1,000 Host Clubs worldwide; announced the expansion of the Host Advisory Council; committed to quarterly live chats with hosts; pledged to invite several hosts to a portion of one board meeting a year to make sure they have a seat at the table; and changed my title to CEO and Head of Community.
Chicago South Side Host-Passport VIP Pre-boarding Reception, Bronzeville Trolley Tour 6/16/2017

Merchant Walk, Gallery Guichard 

Merchant Walk, Bronzeville Artist Lofts 

Each and every one of these changes was meant to increase the voice of our host community—and in just a short time, I have already seen some of the positive impact it is having.

Host  PotLuck at Savanna's Airbnb to unrole the Blog

Even so, as I made my way from country to country, I continued hearing feedback from you all. And I knew there was more we could do to make the hosting experience with Airbnb as seamless and hassle-free as possible. 

Based on your feedback, we made some changes:
You can make your listing stand out by being able to more clearly describe your home with new categories and a more detailed amenities list.
Our new dashboard makes it easier to track your earnings, ratings, reviews, and more in one place.
We redesigned the Airbnb website to make it easier to navigate. Learn how your feedback helped lead the way.
Of course, there’s more to do and going forward, we’re making even more improvements. In the year ahead we are:
Launching upwards of a dozen feedback panels with community members from around the world. This way, we’ll get more of the type of invaluable feedback I received during my world tour on a regular basis—and ensure that hosts from every corner of the globe will have their voices heard. We’ll keep doing these panels each year.
Making Instant Book easier to use for hosts. You can read more details of what we have planned here.
Improving calendars so you can update your calendar availability and custom minimum night limits in the same place and designate which days of the week guests can and can’t check-in to your listing.
Enhancing accessibility. We’re currently building systems that will ensure that hosts and guests can easily reach our Customer Experience team. Those efforts include making our phone number, other contact information and messaging easier for everyone to find.

Chicago  South Side Host: Suzetta, Monica, at Enterprise Gallery 

Every single one of these changes were inspired by you—and, as always, we are nowhere near done yet. So keep sending us your ideas, sharing your feedback, and helping us figure out how to make Airbnb work even better.
When I was on my tour, the hosts I met made me feel at home wherever I was in the world. 

So it’s the least I can do to make you feel at home in the Airbnb community.
Talk soon,

Head of Community

Monday, May 22, 2017


CHICAGO – May 11, 2017 – Bronzeville is once again a focal point for Chicago’s vibrant African American culture.  Like Harlem in New York, Bronzeville is a community where Chicago’s African American music, Literature, Fine Art and Theater historically thrive.  At present, the Bronzeville Art District (BAD) consists of six established visual art spaces working together to focus and drive cultural activities in the community such that a distinctive cultural identity can be crystallized and communicated.

On June 16th, BAD will launch its 11th annual Bronzeville Trolley Tour. The goal is to invite Chicagoans from across the City to view the artistic offerings of Bronzeville’s 6 fine art galleries.  This is a family friendly event, all is welcome!

The Trolley Tour will run every 3rd Friday June through September and the community is encouraged to attend and bring friends to experience the evolution of Bronzeville. Dates: June 16th, July 21th, August 18st, Sept. 15th.

Over the past eleven years, thousands of people have participated in the free trolley tour.

VIP reception starts at 5pm-6pm, meetup with host, featured artists, in the studio of Phantom Gallery Chicago. Begin pre-boarding at 6pm at Gallery Guichard.  VIP guest will have an after Soi·rée an evening party or gathering, for conversation and music from 10- 12midnight.

Tour will begin at  Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 436 East 47th Street, Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Room 205. VIP Pre-boarding, 5pm - 6pm, mingle with the featured artists. This VIP reception is sponsored in part by Chicago South Side Host-Passport, as part of our host growth, and social experience.

Alpha Bruton, Culture Leader

If you have questions, please any of the participating galleries can assist you.
Blanc Gallery
4445 South King Drive

Bronzeville Artist Lofts
436-440 E. 47th Street, 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor
Open Studio Tours:
Roger Carter, Alan Hicks, Mario Uomo Showroom, Raymond A. Thomas,

Faie Afrikan Art
1005 East 43rd Street

Gallery Guichard
436 East 47th

Little Black Pearl Art & Design
1060 East 47th Street

South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Avenue

Join our Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport on Nextdoor

I created a page for our Chicago South Side Hosts- Passport on Nextdoor: Bronzeville, the reach is 931 neighbors, and 2,775 nearby neighbors...