Jim Gardiner, left, a Chicago Fire Department EMT, ousted incumbent Ald. John Arena. Provided

Jim Gardiner Unseats Ald. John Arena In 45th Ward Upset

Ald. John Arena (45th) is a member of the City Council’s progressive caucus and has faced fierce opposition in his Northwest Side ward for promoting affordable housing.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park Primary category in which blog post is published
Jefferson Park, Portage Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Dog Park Planned For Jefferson Park Stalls As Ald. Gardiner Pulls Plug On Funding

Now-former Ald. John Arena (45th) promised a group advocating for a dog park at Austin-Foster Park $100,000. But new Ald. Jim Gardiner says hundreds of neighbors oppose the plan.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale Primary category in which blog post is published

Another One: DJ Khaled Brings Miami Soul Food Franchise To Austin

Miami's DJ Khaled opened The Licking this week at 5045 W. Madison St., thrilling West Siders with its unique spin on soul food.