Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th) speaks at the Old Irving Park Association’s monthly meeting on Sept. 9, 2019.Alex V. Hernandez/Block Club Chicago

After Pulling Austin-Foster Dog Park Funding, Ald. Gardiner Defends Decision To Scrap Arena-Era Participatory Budget Plans

Neighbors voted on how to spend 2019 ward money under Ald. John Arena, but newly-elected Ald. Jim Gardiner scrapped some of those plans.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Want A Thanksgiving Pie? Order It Now, Chicago Bakeries Warn As Pie-mageddon Approaches

Bakers are feverishly whipping up everything from pumpkin to chocolate Nutella pies. There's still time — barely — to place an order.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town Primary category in which blog post is published

Bucktown Parents: Learn About Your CPS Options During Annual Open House Thursday

"The goal of the open house is to get people to send their kids to public schools," one neighborhood leader said.