Sweet Beginnings, LLC was one of seven West Side small businesses that received grants from West Side United in 2019.Sarah Conway/City Bureau

This Group Wants To Help West Side Residents Live Longer By Investing Thousands In Their Small Businesses

West Side United has raised $10.5 million to fund projects, including business loans, to dramatically shorten the 16-year gap in life expectancy between residents in Garfield Park and the Loop.

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Art West Freedom Fest Begins Sunday, Showcasing West Side Talent

The festival will feature artists, performers and entrepreneurs to showcase creative opportunities on the West Side.

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As Chicago Makes Headway On School Council Transparency, Some Say It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

CPS pledged to centrally track basic meeting information on cops in schools votes, but they aren't collecting meeting times or links to virtual meetings that are essential to public participation.