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Just In Time For Patio Season, City Council Backs COVID-Era Rules Making Outdoor Dining Easier

Temporary outdoor dining rules were put in place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but lapsed late last year.

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City Council Approves $51 Million In Funding To Support Migrants After Dramatic Vote

The $51 million in funds is intended for staffing, food, transportation and legal services at temporary shelters.

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Help A Pilsen-Founded Dance Crew Get To Nationals At Weekend Fundraiser

The team hopes to travel to Ohio for the National Dance Competition next month. You can support them at a fundraiser Saturday.

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City Funding To Support Migrants Stalls After Alds. Beale, Lopez And Napolitano Block It

City Council was expected to earmark $51 million to help newly arrived migrants, but three alderpeople delayed the vote.


Meet Julia Ramirez, The First Woman Elected To Lead The Southwest Side’s 12th Ward

Ramirez, a Brighton Park native, worked at nonprofits across the city and as a social worker in Chicago Public Schools before running for office in the Southwest Side ward.

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Become A ‘Corridor Ambassador’ In Back Of The Yard’s 47th Street Business District

This is the second year the city has paid for ambassadors to walk business districts and greet customers, get to know businesses and connect neighbors with resources.

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Fiesta Back Of The Yards Returns To 47th Street Next Month

The free festival takes over 47th Street between Ashland and Damen avenues June 16-18.

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As Red Line Extension Plan Moves Forward, Planners Share Vision Of A Thriving Far South Side

This finalized plan will help shape development in communities where four new Red Line stations are expected to be built.

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Plan To Build 432 Apartments And Townhomes On Pilsen’s Largest Vacant Site Gets Key City Approval

The plan for the site includes a mix of high- and mid-rise buildings, three-flats, six-flats and townhomes.

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Pilsen’s Semillas Plant Studio Continues ‘Flower Bar’ Pop-Ups, Eyes Coffee Shop Expansion

Angelica Varela will host a pop-up Friday at the WNDR Museum's After Dark event. Attendees will be able to create and take home their own flower arrangement.

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Mole De Mayo Returns To Pilsen’s 18th Street This Month With Live Music And Local Vendors

The free festival is May 26-28 along 18th Street between Ashland and Blue Island avenues.

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On Visits To Migrant Shelters, Mayor Brandon Johnson Vows To Support New Arrivals — And Existing Residents

Johnson said efforts are underway to foster conversations where there's been pushback to temporary shelters, like in Woodlawn and South Shore.

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Parents At Beloved Pilsen Day Care Want To Pause Merger, Saying They Were Left Out Of Decision

El Hogar Del Niño has been a cornerstone in Pilsen for decades. Parents worry its culturally sensitive services will be affected by a merger, but the statewide group its merging with said programs will stay the same.

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West Side Native Opens Taylor’s Tacos On Taylor Street: ‘It’s Just Meant To Be’

Taylor Mason describes her taco style as soul-fusion: authentic street style tacos with soul flavor, she said

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Respite Center For Migrants Opens At Little Village’s Piotrowski Park; Park Programs Moved To Nearby School

Ald. Mike Rodriguez (22nd) said the park was chosen because of its proximity to schools and nonprofits, and because Little Village is a predominantly immigrant, Spanish-speaking community.

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With No Help From City, Pilsen Alderman, Neighbors Move Migrants From Overcrowded Police Station Into Shelter They Built

The police station in Pilsen is so crowded with migrants that they are being forced to stay outside all day. “The city must act with a plan. This is just inhumane," Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said.

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Mayor Lightfoot Declares State Of Emergency Over Migrant Crisis, Says She Could Call In National Guard

"We've reached a breaking point in our response to this humanitarian crisis," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.


As Lightfoot Departs, A ‘Woefully Unprepared’ Chicago Leaves Migrants In ‘Inhumane’ Conditions For Weeks — With No Plan In Sight

Around 3,100 migrants are in temporary shelters, relying on donated clothes and food as Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson inherits the crisis. “We don’t have beds. Children are sleeping on the floor," one man said.


New Park District Headquarters Opens In Brighton Park

The 17-acre site features outdoor turf fields, a playground, a splash pad, indoor basketball courts and office space for about 200 Park District staff.

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Ruido Fest Moves To New Location In Little Village, Will Feature Headliners Kali Uchis, Juanes And More

The Latino music festival has been held at Union Park in Near West Side, but it is moving to the Chicagoland Fairgrounds in Little Village.

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