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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Gemz And Boardz, Specializing In Crystals And Skateboards, Will Add A Cafe When It Reopens In Albany Park This Summer

Owners Leslie Garcia and Alberto Abarca opened their first Gemz and Boardz shop in May 2021, but closed it months later as business slowed. Now, they're back with a new business plan.

Albany Park
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Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Uses Martial Arts Skills To Subdue Man Who Punched An Uptown 7-Eleven Employee

In an incident shown partially on Facebook Live, Idriz Redzovic restrained and pinned a 30-year-old man to the floor while waiting for police to arrive at the store.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

North Center Garden Walk Returns Sunday With 50 Gardens, 5 Lemonade Stands, Neighborhood Trolley

The event is noon-5 p.m. Sunday and organized by the North Center Neighbors Association. 

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Portage Park Man Charged With Shooting US Marshal, Police Dog To Appear In Court

The shooting led to officers sealing off a commercial strip in Portage Park for hours earlier this month.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Smylie Brothers Brewery To Open Beer Garden With Food Trucks At Bowmanville Plant

The "chill hangout" will offer neighbors a place to grab beers and a bite to eat, "and the kids can run around," the brewery's owner said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Irving Park Catholic Church Property Up For Sale, But No Word On If The Buildings Will Be Saved

The property includes the masonry and concrete church building, rectory, former school building and a parking lot. The parish closed in 2021, and the school shut down in 2005.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Improved Crosswalks Coming To North Center As Elementary School Crossing Guards Battle ‘Aggressive’ Drivers

The street improvements have long been planned, but they have taken on renewed urgency after a string of crashes where drivers killed or hurt pedestrians, an alderperson said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

After 3-Year-Old Killed In Uptown, North Side Alderperson Wants City To Tow Cars Blocking Bike Lanes

"With all the people who have been in accidents over the past month, especially on the North Side, we need to do the right thing and keep our neighbors safe,” Ald. Andre Vasquez said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Community Memorial Planned Wednesday For 2-Year-Old Killed By Driver In Lincoln Square

Neighbors can share their ideas on how to make the city's streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists in honor of Raphael "Rafi" Cardenas, who was killed by a driver.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cheeto Puff Sushi? Popular Suburban Spot Wajo Brings Its Creative Sushi Concepts To Lincoln Square

Owners Won Jang and Joy Kwak operated Wajo out of suburban Wheeling for 10 years before opening a second location in Lincoln Square.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Trying To Go Green? Learn More About Sustainable Living, Environmental Advocacy At Eco Fest In Welles Park

The free Saturday festival is an opportunity for neighbors to learn more about sustainable living and become more involved in environmental advocacy to address the climate emergency, Ald. Matt Martin said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Park Business Owners Worry They’ll Be Pushed Out As Developer Eyes Building For Apartments

Developers want to build 36 apartments about 1 mile from the Kimball Brown Line stop. Tenants — including a hair salon and popular restaurant — are worried they can't afford the change.

North Park

Longtime North Side Volunteer Killed After Driver Hits Him In A North Center Crosswalk

Peter Paquette, 75, died hours after about 300 people marched on the North Side to demand better city infrastructure to protect bicyclists and pedestrians.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood On Tap Returns To Malt Row This Weekend With Special Tappings From Local Breweries

This year's festival will feature 14 special tappings from area breweries, live music and games like giant Jenga.

Ravenswood

Here’s How To Sign Up For The 312 River Run Trail’s First 5K In Irving Park

Proceeds from the run will go to improvements at the parks along the trail, organizers said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Golden Nugget Pancake House Closes In Old Irving Park After 52 Years, Leaving Neighbors ‘Heartbroken’

The neighborhood’s Golden Nugget, once a 24-hour spot, closed Sunday after struggling with slower sales and finding workers.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

$100,000 In Rare Cards, Including Michael Jordan And Mickey Mantle Rookies, Stolen After Thief Cuts Out Lincoln Square Store’s Bricks

Elite Sports Cards & Comics' owner said rookie cards of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle were stolen in an early morning heist caught on video.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Side Polynesian Dance Company Performing Friday For Ravenswood Free Summer Concert Series

The Horner Park Advisory Council is organizing free performances from local groups through Sept. 9 at three neighborhood parks.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Flavors Of Albany Park Returns For Its 13th Year Celebrating Neighborhoods Restaurants

This year’s routes are along Kedzie Avenue, Montrose Avenue and the western and eastern halves of Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park.

Albany Park

After Driver Hits, Kills 2 Year Old In Lincoln Square, Neighbors Donate Thousands To Support Boy’s Family

Raphael Cardenas was killed Thursday while he was riding a scooter. “Children should be able to walk and roll around their neighborhood safely,” Ald. Matt Martin said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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