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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

Future Of Re:SET Music Festival In Riis Park Uncertain As Ald. Cruz Withholds Support. ‘I Must Stand In Solidarity With The Community’

Cruz took a stance against the festival in a letter sent to neighbors late Friday. The three-day music fest is scheduled for mid-June, and more than 20,000 tickets have been sold.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Mayfestiversary Returns To Ravenswood This Weekend, Serving Up Local Beers And Live Music For A Good Cause

Proceeds from the beer-focused festival will benefit The Friendship Center, a food pantry that’s served the Northwest side since 1969.


The Chicago Story Behind The Incredible Chain-Stitched Taylor Swift Jackets Going Viral On TikTok

Vichcraft owner Jenna Blazevich made the jackets as a thank-you to her sister for scoring hard-to-get tickets for Swift’s Chicago show. The jackets have illustrations symbolizing each of the musician's albums.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Albany Park’s Helmand Chicago Offers A Culinary Tour Of Afghanistan’s Regions

Chef and co-owner Wahid Tanha grew up cooking alongside his father in Kabul. His goal is to introduce people to new flavors.

Albany Park

Lincoln Square Cafe Owner Blames Business Next Door For Late Night Parties, But Neighbors Aren’t Buying It

The owner of Cafe Mimoza denied accusations about operating as a nightclub, but neighbors say they've seen people bring in outside alcohol and heard loud music late at night seven days a week.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Swedish Hospital Launches Community Garden To Grow Fresh Produce For Employees And Neighbors 

The hospital revived a defunct garden after employees said they were experiencing more food insecurity. Neighbors can donate seeds, seedlings, soil and tools to help.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

As Albany Park Church Takes In Migrants, Its Pastor Urges Others In The City To Do The Same

Five families moved into private rooms at Christ Lutheran Church this month. "I can't stress how grateful I am for all of these people for helping us get to this point," one woman said.

Albany Park

Lincoln Square’s Diplomat Hotel Could Become Transitional Housing For People Experiencing Homelessness

The motel could be turned into 40 rooms of special housing where residents get housing assistance and mental health and medical care.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

As Belmont Cragin Neighbors Vote Against Re:SET Concerts In Riis Park, Outgoing Alderman Defends Festival

Promoters have been selling tickets since at least February, but Thursday’s meeting was the first time AEG met with the public to discuss the logistics of the concert and community concerns.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Woman Who Attacked Strangers With A Bat Also Tried To Run Over 2 Victims With Her Car, Prosecutors Say

A woman charged with hurting women on the Northwest Side, some with a bat, was ordered held on an $800,000 bond — $100,000 for each woman she attacked, the judge said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Woman Charged With Randomly Attacking 5 Women With Bat On Northwest Side, Police Say

Denise Solorzano attacked at least five women in separate incidents between Sunday and Tuesday, police said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

With $10 Million From City, An Albany Park Community Bank Can Help Neighbors Start Businesses And Buy Homes

The money from the city treasurer is meant to help the community bank make more loans to neighbors who want to open a business or secure affordable housing.

Albany Park

Woman In Custody In String Of Unprovoked Baseball Bat Attacks In Ravenswood Manor Area

There have been at least six attacks since Sunday involving nine women, officials said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ruth Cruz Grew Up As A Young Immigrant During The Bulls Dynasty. Now, She’s Leading The 30th Ward

Cruz succeeds Ald. Ariel Reboyras after 20 years in office. Already she faces a big decision: Whether to back a controversial music festival planned for Riis Park that Belmont Cragin neighbors have opposed.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Women In Ravenswood Manor, Irving Park And Albany Park Have Been Attacked By A Bat-Wielding Woman, Police Say

At least six similar attacks have been reported since Sunday. Four attacks were reported Tuesday, one of which targeted a mother walking down the street with her baby and sister.


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.


Re:SET Promoters To Meet With Belmont Cragin Neighbors As Ticket Holders Question If Festival Will Actually Happen

Park District officials have still not approved the permit for the concert series at Riis Park even though promoters have continued to advertise and sell tickets.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Long-Delayed Ravenswood Metra Station Renovation Now Won’t Be Done Until July

Construction of the western side of the Ravenswood station was completed in 2015. Work on the eastern platform has been delayed multiple times.


Katherine Anne Confections’ Irving Park Location Opening In May

The Irving Park location will have a vegetable-forward cafe menu and full espresso bar that uses coffee beans from Hermosa-based roaster Factotum Coffee.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s Sandunga Restaurant Changes Saturday Hours, Hires Security To Address Noise Complaints

The restaurant's owner said he's being unfairly targeted — but neighbors said they've long complained about loud noise coming from the restaurant after 10 p.m.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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