Steven Graves Embedded: Chicago's Englewood Neighborhood
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CPS high school students compete in food truck style culinary competition part of year end showcase


CHICAGO (CBS) — Order up! Some Chicago high schoolers are showing off their cooking skills — competition style.

There’s a taste test and big bragging rights to earn. But as CBS 2’s Steven Graves shows us, it’s more about invaluable lessons they learn.

The name of the game here, “Food Truck Wars”. A lot of great ideas, with only one winner. But before you get to that, you have to taste everything, right?



New Englewood Grocery Store Aims To Be ‘A Beacon Of Light’ For Community

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A new business in Englewood is re-imagining how a simple grocery store can unite a neighborhood, foster health and wellness and provide much needed resources.

CBS 2’s Steven Graves takes us inside for a sneak peek before its grand opening next week.

Alia Bilal is with the Inner-City Muslim Action Network or IMAN. One of several organizations that is part of the Go Green on Racine Initiative. It’s an effort to build up the 63rd Street corridor.



‘So much strength and passion’: How an Englewood nonprofit is getting funds to strengthen neighborhood programs



CHICAGO (CBS) — The COVID-19 pandemic is still exposing how many communities continue to struggle.

One Chicago neighborhood is getting a huge amount of help, through a new partnership. CBS 2’s Steven Graves explains.

Cecile De Mello does the long work of leading nonprofit Teamwork Englewood because of a love for her home and three young children.

“I say to myself if I do a good job today, I’m one step closer making this a community where they can raise their family safely.”



After the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church fire, former parishioners remember their cherished parish



CHICAGO (CBS) — The blown out windows and piles of ashes are devastating sights for people who remember Antioch Baptist Church best.



The images caught the eye of a family living 1,500 miles away who left Chicago more than a decade ago. CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports from Englewood where that church burned Friday.

The church place means everything to hundreds of families, as the ashes settle, prayers are going up. Memories shared by members from across the country.



‘This is my Englewood’ mural sets to drive change and pride in the South Side community



CHICAGO (CBS) — A larger than life street mural with a message is taking over a street in one neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

CBS 2’S Steven Graves tells us why it is so much more than just art.



Whole Foods closing Englewood grocery store after six years

Whole Foods announced it is closing Englewood neighborhood store. 


CHICAGO (CBS) — Whole Foods will be closing its store in Englewood, six years after opening a grocery store in what had once been a food desert on the South Side.

A Whole Foods spokesperson confirmed the company is closing six out of its more than 530 locations nationwide, including the Englewood location at 832 W. 63rd St. and their store in the DePaul University Welcome Center at 959 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park — a former Dominick’s. The other stores closing are in Montgomery, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Tarzana, California; and Brookline, Massachusetts.

“As we continue to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we regularly evaluate the performance and growth potential of each of our stores, and we have made the difficult decision to close six stores. We are supporting impacted Team Members through this transition and expect that all interested, eligible Team Members will find positions at our other locations,” a Whole Foods spokesperson said in a statement.



Despite Whole Foods closing, Englewood coffee shop says community is thriving

Kunsanya Cafe on 69th and Green  


CHICAGO (CBS) — It was news no one wanted to hear: Whole Foods closing on the South Side.

Now, local business owners want people to know the community is still motivated to thrive. CBS 2’s Steven Graves tells us how one coffee shop owner is making it happen.

It’s not the typical shop some might envision in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.



Steven Graves


Steven Graves is a Multimedia Reporter for CBS2 Chicago. He joined the team in September 2019.

The Maryland native comes to Chicago after working three years as a fill-in anchor and MMJ at WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia. That’s where he shot, wrote and edited numerous exclusive stories.

Some of his most memorable experiences include court reporting and following high profile trials. He also boarded Navy aircraft carriers and followed historic missions with the crews on board. Steven was lead reporter on national stories such as the Virginia Governor blackface scandal and historic hurricane damage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

His storytelling at the station eventually earned him a regional Emmy nomination.

Steven got his start in journalism as a fill-in anchor and MMJ at KVII in Amarillo, Texas. He first grew a passion for reporting after working at PG-CTV, a cable station in his hometown

He loves journalism because of the opportunity to advocate for people every day who normally might not have a voice. He also loves seeing a piece come together and telling extraordinary stories through shooting video.

Don’t be surprised if you see him in The Loop taking pictures. And yes, he’s much taller than he appears on TV!

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