Dante Wilson (right) holds hands as the family of Felon Smith and Akeelah Addison bless the meal at Sunday's Peace Over East gathering.Maxwell Evans/Block Club Chicago

Gang Ties Set Aside At Softball Sundays In South Shore: ‘We Used To War Together. Now We’re Playing Softball’

Being on teams humanizes each player to each other, and the competition takes focus away from frustrations that might otherwise come out as violence.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore Primary category in which blog post is published
Albany Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Nighthawk Can Serve Liquor Again After Bar Patrons Pay Off Nearly $10,000 In City Fines Through GoFundMe

The Albany Park bar had to stop selling booze after racking up steep fines from the city. But its fans stepped up to bail them out.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale Primary category in which blog post is published

Welcome Back Lounge Bringing ’70s Vibes And Comfort Food To Logan Square

The owners of The Whale and The Vig are behind the new spot, which celebrates "our school house years of the 70s and 80s.”

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop Primary category in which blog post is published

After City Rejects 500-Unit West Loop Project, Developer Surprises With New Plan — But Burnett Isn’t On Board

One leader called the last-minute changes to the plan "unacceptable." The developer now aims to build two buildings near Union Park.