Chicago Relocation

Mell Monroe Promotes his neighborhood – Bronzeville, Chicago

February 27, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio
 The trib recently published an article in their business section by Mell Monroe -  a Bronzeville resident and owner of the Welcome Inn Manor, a bed-and-breakfast on S. Michigan Avenue.  His passion for Chicago so intrigued me I gave him a call.  I’m happy to say that his excitement for, and commitment to Chicago’s south side is incredible.  I’ve asked him, and he has agreed to, share some thoughts in upcoming blogs.
As he points out in the article, while Chicago is the No. 2 tourist destination worldwide, and although Chicago ranks in the Top ten for attracting global travelers with money to spend – “Where I live and work, this kind of consumer is a far and few in between. I set up my business in a black community on the South Side, which sees little of the $11 billion these tourists spend. “
The article then discusses Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement that $2 million into marketing Chicago to increase tourism & boost revenue by 50 percent by the end of the decade. This translates to at least $15 billion in tourism revenue for the city of Chicago, precious little of which will make it to the city’s 30-plus black neighborhoods and their entrepreneurs, according to Mell.
He also includes a call to action for Chicago residents -   “All we need now is a progressive chamber of commerce and new leadership. No chamber will be successful without powerful business leaders committed to change and growth. We must recruit professionals with extraordinary experiences. Building a team that can work together on funding proposals and addressing crime and loitering as a priority is crucial to good business and a better quality of life.”
You can read the article here , and take a virtual tour of his B & B here.  We look forward to hearing more from Mell!

Mell's "Welcome Inn Manor"