Upcoming Events

We invite you to use this page to help you stay up-to-date with local activities. We post information about a wide variety of events, including our own programs and seminars as well as what’s happening in the wider community, including celebrations, fundraisers, and gatherings. You can also connect with us over social media to receive additional updates and details.

April 2021 Events

Brookins Curb Appeal Makeover Contest

Apr 5, 2021 to May 5, 2021

The Brookins Curb Appeal Makeover contest is open to all residents of the 21st ward. The makeovers will be donated by Semmer Landscape and Lowe’s.



Residents of the 21st ward are eligible to enter and who do not already have a lawn service for upkeep and maintenance. Front lawns must be maintained by home gardeners for individual entries. Single households only are eligible.



Entry forms can be obtained and returned via mail or emailed to the following locations below:

Brookins Funeral Home                                      Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr.         

9315 S Ashland Ave.                                           9011 S. Ashland Ave                         

Chicago, IL 60620                                               Chicago, IL 60620                                  

773-233-3002                                                      773-881-9300




Deadline for submitting entry forms for the Brookins Curb Appeal Makeover is May 5, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, not inclusive of postmarks must be in hand.

August 2021 Events

Brookins Beautification Honors Reception

Aug 15, 2021 03:00 PM to Aug 15, 2021 05:00 PM

Join us for our annual Brookins Beautification Honors Reception. 

We are honoring and recognizing all 21st Ward neighbors for their commitment to making and keeping our community beautiful. 

Live entertainment & lite refreshments will be served. 


For more information contact Burma Kennedy

Brookins Beautification Honors Reception

Brookins Family Celebrates 50 Years in Funeral Service


Brookins Funeral Home Marks 50 Years of Service

Celebrating Life, Community and Family


Chicago, Illinois (November 18, 2020) -- Brookins Funeral Home is celebrating 50 years of funeral service. The Brookins family who opened their doors in November 1970, are proud neighbors, long-standing and active political representatives and a leading voice for positive change in Chicago. They along with their children, Andrea, Howard Jr., Cheryl and Ronda, and grandchildren will celebrate this golden anniversary throughout the year with the community they serve.


A Family Tradition of Service

Howard Sr., and Audrey Brookins embarked on entrepreneurship in 1970 after Mr. Brookins retired from 14 years of service as a Chicago Police Officer. Together, he and Audrey set the foundation of serving the community with humility, respect, and honor. 


Upon receiving a degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and with support from his mentor and friend Reverend Dr. Louis Rawls, Mr. Brookins opened the funeral home on September 1, 1970 at 9315 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. 


During his career as a licensed funeral director, Mr. Brookins was led to serve his community in a different capacity. He was elected to serve public office in 1982. He served both as an Illinois State Representative and State Senator. Upon retiring from public service Mr. Brookins and Audrey remain active in their Auburn Gresham community as members of Trinity United Church of Christ, and within several community volunteer organizations and boards. 


In 2015, Andrea Lynette Brookins, became president and CEO of the funeral home. As one of a few African American female funeral-home owners, she forges a new path for generations to come. Her commitment to honoring her family tradition of community service, while making a mark as an African- American female business owner can be seen in the numerous community and scholarship programs she has launched.


“This anniversary comes during a time of great change for our country and our community,” said Andrea Brookins. “We are thankful that we’ve been able to serve our community with dignity through this COVID-19 pandemic. And while we’re celebrating our business, we are also focused on tackling many deep-rooted injustices that have existed in our country for far too long.”


“We are blessed to see three generations of our family active in the business working to continue the foundation of serving our community one celebration at a time,” said Andrea.