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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Lincoln Square Alderman Pushes Zoning Change To Force Developer To Reveal Mystery Grocer

The developer says it can't reveal its tenant because of a non-disclosure agreement. The lack of information has frustrated neighbors, who worry the grocer could be an Amazon Fresh.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square Group Wants To Install Lights To Host Night Games In Welles Park

The association’s plans will be presented at a virtual meeting 6:30 p.m. March 11.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Northwestern Project At Former Sabatino’s Site Gets Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Support

But some neighbors who live near the proposal say more revisions need to be made before the city gives Northwestern the final OK to build.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Mayor’s ‘You Gotta Be F–king Kidding Me’ Hot Mic Moment Was Not Directed At Council Members, Alderman Says

"She texted me and said she was talking about something brought to her by her staff," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez said following the mayor's gaffe.

Citywide

Cloud Kitchens’ Plan To Resolve Traffic, Parking Problems In North Center Is Too Little, Too Late, Neighbors Say

“We just finished our second meeting about these problems and they’ve only gotten worse," Ald. Matt Martin said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Here’s A Look At Irving Park, Albany Park And Avondale Street Construction Starting This Year

There will be parking restrictions while crews try to get the work done before the end of November, city officials said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cloud Kitchens Promises To Fix Traffic ‘Clusterf–k’, But North Center Neighbors Skeptical Plan Will Work

“It’s like a Portillo’s drive-thru but with armed security guards. It’s bonkers, man,” one neighbor said. Nearby business owners say the constant stream of delivery drivers and trucks is costing them customers.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

With Chicago Snowed In, Some Residents Want To Know: Why Isn’t There A Citywide Sidewalk Shoveling Service?

Chicagoans are largely on their own when it comes to digging out of their homes after snowstorms, which is harder for older residents and people with disabilities. A municipal shoveling effort would help erase that inequality, supporters say.

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Albany Park Groups Launching Festival With Virtual Tours, Tastings Hosted By Northwest Side Breweries

Northwest Brewfest will feature free half-hour virtual experiences. You can buy sampler packs of beer, mead and coffee as part of the program, too.

Albany Park

Dig Out Your Garbage, Recycle Carts After Snowstorms — Or Crews Can’t Get To Them, City Says

People should also clear their sidewalks so everyone can safely travel, according to the city.

Citywide

North Center Alderman Denies Developer’s Plan For Mystery Grocery Store At Bank Building

The developer proposing a 45-foot-tall commercial building at Irving Park, Lincoln and Damen said they could not identify the grocery involved because of a non-disclosure agreement.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Center Chamber Curates Unique Gifts And Asks Neighbors To Shop Local For Valentine’s Day

Orders will be accepted through Friday for pickup at each merchants’ location between Thursday and Sunday.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Judge Denies Copernicus Center’s Attempt To Block Sale Of Jefferson Park Firehouse For Brewery Project

City Council agreed Jan. 27 to sell the vacant firehouse to a developer despite attempts by the nearby Copernicus Center to buy the building.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Chicago Moms Have Baked 1,700 Lasagnas For Those In Need Since October — And They’re Not Slowing Down

The all-volunteer run program was founded by a California mom in May and has since spread to over 1,000 cities. The nonprofit abides by three simple principles: feed families, spread kindness and strengthen communities.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

2 Men Sue Off-Duty Cop Who Shot At Them In Irving Park: ‘This Should Never Have Happened’

One man was shot in his hand when an officer fired at a car "unprovoked," a lawsuit alleges. A second man was struck with shattered glass.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Alapash Closing Ravenswood Home Goods Store This Month So Owner Can Focus On Michigan Shop

Alapash's owner moved to Michigan about a year and a half ago and wants to focus on one store.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Irving Park Neighbors Worry Northwestern Project At Former Sabatino’s Site Will Add To Traffic Headaches

Northwestern still needs city approval for the zoning and permitting processes but anticipates breaking ground on the project in early fall.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Dragon Snow Sculpture With Glowing Eyes Delights In Lincoln Square: A ‘Very Fun Thing That Brightened Our Day’

The Lincoln Square dragon has become quite popular on social media, with one person calling it the “crown jewel of Washtenaw.”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Center Developer Plans Grocery Store At Busy Intersection. Like In Lincoln Square, They Won’t Say Which Company Is Involved

The project at 3950 N. Damen Ave would be a commercial building with a bank and grocery store. But the developer won't reveal which grocer it is.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago Joe’s Closes Permanently; Owners Selling To Developer Who Wants To Build Million-Dollar Condos

The family-run restaurant opened in 1988 and the owners put the property up for sale in 2019.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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