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This Week In Photos: Obama’s Surprise Visit, Pilsen Ofrenda, Church Protest And More

PHOTOS: Take a peek at life in the city through the eyes — and lenses — of the Block Club Chicago staff this week.

Irena Ksendzov prays the rosary as parishioners protest the removal of the La Pietà statue from the former St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen on Oct. 18, 2022.
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CHICAGO — This week saw a surprise visit from former President Barack Obama, the reveal of a massively popular Día de los Muertos display in a Pilsen woman’s garden and more.

See what we’ve been covering lately:

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Former President Barack Obama gestures to students during a youth event put on by the Obama Foundation at 167 Green Street on Oct. 17, 2022.
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Former President Barack Obama participated in a panel that included Bulls point guard Ayo Dosunmo during a youth event put on by the Obama Foundation at 167 Green St. on Oct. 17, 2022.

Read more: Barack Obama Surprises Chicago Students With Appearance At Youth Event

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Bronislawa Stekala lays in the middle of the alley in tears and prayer while parishioners protest the removal of the La Pietà statue from the former St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen on Oct. 18, 2022.
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Parishioners protest the removal of the La Pietà statue from the former St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen on Oct. 18, 2022.

Read more: Workers Stop Removal Of Pilsen Church Statue After Neighbors Protest: ‘It Belongs To Them, Not To The Archdiocese’

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Coach Ernest Radcliffe has helped thousands of young people find purpose through sports since he started the Southside Wolfpack in Jackson Park 25 years ago.

Read more: Southside Wolfpack Youth Football Has Helped Thousands Go To College, ‘Saved Lives’ Over Its 25 Years

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Isabel Hernandez’s Pilsen yard on 19th Street between Throop and Loomis streets is turned into an ofrenda, as seen on Oct. 17, 2022.
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Isabel Hernandez’s Pilsen yard on 19th Street between Throop and Loomis streets is turned into an ofrenda, as seen on Oct. 17, 2022.

Read more: Pilsen Woman’s Elaborate Día De Los Muertos Display Is Back, Honoring The Neighborhood’s Lost Loved Ones

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Carolyn Frazier takes a selfie of the Kildare Coffee Klatcch group at its monthly meetup on Oct. 14, 2022 in Old Irving Park.

Read more: This Northwest Side Neighborhood Group Has Hosted Monthly Meetups For 60 Years: ‘It’s Timeless’

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A few dozen Old Town neighbors attended a community safety meeting Monday.

Read more: After Fatal Shooting On Hotel Lincoln Rooftop Bar, Old Town Neighbors Want Plan To Address Noise, Rowdy Customers

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During a tour, participants read aloud complaints filed to the city’s public health department and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency about the stench emanating from a McKinley Park asphalt factory.

Read more: Environmental Activists Led Tour Around McKinley Park To Spark Conversations About Environmental Justice

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Current Naty’s Pizza employee Asael Espinosa and former employee Santos Nava stand with a sign outside the restaurant at 5129 S. Kedzie Ave. during a press conference Oct. 19, 2022.

Read more: Gage Park Pizzeria Delivery Drivers Say They Aren’t Being Paid Fair Wages: ‘We’re Exercising Our Rights’

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A descendant of the Winthrop Avenue Family cuts the ribbon to rededicate the community garden in honor of her relatives.

Read more: Uptown Once Forced Black Residents To Live On 1 Block. A Community Garden Honoring That ‘Winthrop Family’ Is Now Open

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Maloney Funeral Home at 1359 W. Devon Ave. seen being demolished on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.

Read more: Edgewater’s Maloney Funeral Home Closes After 125 Years; Building To Be Replaced With Apartments

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Block Club Chicago reporter Melody Mercado photographs former President Barack Obama as he spoke on a panel during a youth event put on by the Obama Foundation at 167 Green Street. in West Loop on Oct. 17, 2022.
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Guests at Fabre Studio’s opening party cycle through as guests for a podcast documenting the night.

Read more: A New, Rentable Podcasting Studio In West Loop Offers The ‘Ritz Carlton’ Experience

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Josh Moulton poses with a painting he made of Manny’s Deli at his fine art gallery, 2218 N. Clark St., in Lincoln Park on Oct. 13, 2022.

Read more: Lincoln Park Art Night To Feature Free Trolley Rides Between 6 Neighborhood Art Galleries

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The backyard at 4427 N. Sacramento Ave.

Read more: Fed Up With Long-Abandoned Homes, Ravenswood Manor Neighbors Urge City To Crack Down On Owners

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Halloween decorations at a home in the 5000 block of North Hamlin Avenue in Albany Park on Oct. 19, 2022.
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Kone Eiring at his sewing machine.

Read more: Kone Ranger Streetwear Shop Finds Permanent Home In Avondale After West Town Pop-Up

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The Chicago skyline is seen as fall foliage flourishes on trees in South Shore Nature Sanctuary on Oct. 14, 2022.

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