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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Belmont Cragin Neighbors Blast Chicago Fire’s Plan For New Hanson Park Facility: ‘Where Are We Supposed To Play?’

CPS owns the Hanson Park property and is negotiating a land use lease with the soccer team. But it's not clear how much students and neighbors will be able to use the fields.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Lincoln Square Neighbors Throwing Prom For Amundsen High Schoolers To Give Them ‘A Little Bit Of Normalcy’

Amundsen's community raised more than $5,920 to host the outdoor prom at the school's campus in Winnemac Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Renovations For 3 Albany Park Schools Set To Wrap Up By End Of Summer

Upgrades at Albany Park Multicultural Academy, William G. Hibbard Elementary and Edison Regional Gifted Center have been ongoing for almost two years.

Albany Park

Teens Can Submit Designs For This Year’s Lincoln Square Farmers Market Tote Bag

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 30, and the winning design will be announced July 7.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

‘The Great Lake Jumper’ Nears 365 Straight Days Of Plunging Into Montrose Harbor To Treat His Pandemic Anxiety

Dan O’Conor began his daily ritual last summer as a way to clear his head during the pandemic. Instead of stopping, he powered straight through the winter and spring.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s Ainslie Arts Plaza Set To Host Makers’ Market, Live Music And Movies This Summer

"We will be showcasing the energy and creativity of this community with the plaza, as a gateway to continued development on Lincoln Avenue North,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Anthony Alvarez Was Shot In His Back, Autopsy Shows. His Family Wants The Cop Who Killed Him Fired And Charged With Murder

"To get justice for Anthony, Evan Solano needs to get arrested,” said Anthony Alvarez's cousin.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus Hosting Maifest Fundraiser To Help Support Nonprofit

As the city reopens, DANK Haus is trying to make up for dozens of public programs, weddings and school fundraisers canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood Culver’s Opens May 31 With A Takeout Window, Large Dining Room — And Lots Of Local Workers

Neighbors have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Culver’s at 1819 W. Montrose Ave. since July 2019.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s Zero-Waste General Store Joins Forces With Hyde Park Company To Sell Plant-Based Detergent

“We’re reducing waste in a way that is almost like the milkman in the old days," said one of Dinobi's owners.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Center’s Common Pantry Building New Headquarters On Lincoln Avenue Next Year

The new building at 3900-10 N. Lincoln Ave. is a blank slate for the organization to carry on its mission, according to the nonprofit's leaders.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bob Koester, Founder Of Delmark Records And Owner of Bob’s Blues & Jazz Mart In Irving Park, Dies At 88

Koester started Delmark Records when he was just 21. "Delmark documented Chicago blues, and we take that for granted," one longtime customer said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

A Developer Proposed Affordable Housing At A Lincoln Square Parking Lot Last Year. That Project Fizzled, And They’re Back With A New Pitch

The developer plans to reapply this summer for highly competitive tax credits it missed out on last year.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Are Night Game Lights Coming To Welles Park? Vote On Plan Stalls, But Parents Still Raising Money To Get More Kids In The Game

After pushback from neighbors, parents are scaling back their plan to light the fields, which would allow more kids to participate in youth sports. Now they aim to light two fields instead of four.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bosly’s Backyard Opens In Ravenswood, Giving Owners And Pups An Indoor Spot To Play One-On-One

The space is designed for pups who need free space to play but may not do well in areas like dog parks, the owner said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Roosevelt High School Community Asks CPS To Reject Plan For Nearby Charter School In Albany Park

“As alderman of the 33rd Ward, I have a responsibility to protect my only neighborhood high school," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez said.

Albany Park

Hop Butcher Moving Into Half Acre’s Lincoln Avenue Brewery And Taproom

After years of making its beers in other breweries' tanks, Hop Butcher is moving into its own spot as Half Acre consolidates into its Balmoral Avenue brewery, taproom and beer garden.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

How Should Lincoln Square Spend $250,000 In Ward Money? Here’s How To Vote

47th Ward residents can choose among curb extensions, safety upgrades at Welles Park, water fountains at Revere Park or new trees.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

An Art Installation Is Coming To Budlong Woods Library And West Ridge Neighbors Can Weigh In

Murals, mosaics or a type of sculpture will be attached to the east facade of the library at 5630 N. Lincoln Ave. Once the city finalizes its design, it could be fully installed by fall 2022.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Huettenbar’s New Owner Says Bar’s Old German Charm Will Remain When It Opens As Lincoln Square Taproom In July

Huettenbar closed late last year. The new owner says he wants the watering hole to stay rooted in the neighborhood's German American history, but it will offer a variety of Chicago-made brews.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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