In the Frunchroom: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

We’re honored to have two readers who hail from Englewood in this edition of The Frunchroom. The first is veteran journalist and author Elaine Hegwood Bowen.

image1Elaine is a native South Sider who has covered both Chicago’s urban and suburban areas. Elaine has been writing for the Chicago Crusader since 1994. In her book, Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago, she shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood, when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959.

She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural and political happenings of the time. Elaine has taught at City Colleges of Chicago and Roosevelt University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees. Her book, and its universal theme, has been covered in local and national broadcast and print media. Most recently, Elaine participated in the “Let’s Talk About Chicago” panel as part of the African Diaspora International Film Festival at New York’s Columbia University. Elaine also covers local and national film festivals and also pens movie reviews for FilmMonthly.com.

Elaine will be reading a story about a 1964 Red Buick Riviera and what it was like to enjoy the shopping mecca that was 63rd Street. Join her on Thursday, April 21st at 730pm at O’Rourke’s Office.

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