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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Irving Park’s First Indie Fest To Feature Local Acts, Artisans Saturday

The free festival will feature eight local bands and at least 20 vendors selling artisan items.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Should Aldermen Be Allowed To Have 2nd Jobs That Conflict With Their Office? A Proposal To Ban It Stalls

Aldermen are paid six-figure salaries and have access to a city expense account, but they are considered part-time employees who can take outside jobs.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Police Search For Gunman Who Shot Off-Duty Police Officer In Face During ‘Road Rage’ Incident In Avondale

The off-duty officer has been with the Police Department for less than a year. She is expected to recover.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Long-Delayed Ravenswood Metra Station Renovation Stalls Again Because Of Supply Chain Issues

The project — announced in 2010 — has faced setbacks due to lack of funding and weather. Officials said they hope to have it done by the end of the year.

Ravenswood

Migrants From Texas Need Clothes, Gift Cards And Cellphones. Here’s How To Donate

“This has really been an all-in moment for many of our organizations. It’s really forced us to change the way normally operate for this past week, for sure," one nonprofit spokesman said.

Albany Park

Susie’s Drive-Thru Closes After 50 Years In Irving Park

If a sale of the building doesn't pan out, the owners could reopen the ice cream and fast food joint in October. But their plan is to permanently close.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Friends Who Grew Up Playing Yu-Gi-Oh! And Pokémon Card Games Open Collectibles Shop In Ravenswood Manor

PandaPops & Collectibles opened in August next to the Francisco Brown Line stop, offering collectible figurines, cards and more.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood Art Walk Is Back This Weekend With Live Music, Local Art And Craft Beer

Now in its 20th year, the festival features open studios and galleries, live music, an outdoor artist market, children’s corner and beer garden.

Ravenswood

Delmark Records Brings Blues & Jazz Stroll Back To North Center This Weekend 

The free concert is back with live music Saturday at Burning Bush Brewery on Rockwell Street.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square Food Pantry Has More Fresh Produce After $200,000 Renovation, New Walk-In Cooler

The upgrades allow the food pantry to offer a larger selection of fresh produce and dairy items and assist more Northwest Side neighbors.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood Nonprofit Can Keep Giving Free Photo Classes To Kids Thanks To Outpouring Of Support After Burglary

Someone stole cameras from FreshLens, but neighbors came to the rescue, donating $45,000 to replace equipment and support its programs, its founder said.

Ravenswood

10 Years After A North Center Family Business Closed, A Son Is Opening A Restaurant In The Same Spot

Petros Papatheofanis' family ran Alps East for more than 25 years in North Center. He's returned to the same spot to open his own restaurant, Irene's Finer Diner, named after his mother.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Friends Of Marine Vet Hurt In Hit-And-Run Hosting Sunday Fundraiser For Him At The Cabin At Old Irving

Raul Basulto nearly lost his leg after a hit-and-run in May. A bar owner who has known him for more than a decade is organizing a fundraiser to cover his medical bills.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Grafton Customers Bid Farewell With A Pint As Owners Prepare To Close Beloved Lincoln Square Irish Pub

The Grafton closes after Sunday night: “It’s just got this charm. You walk in and you feel like you’re in a sweet little pub in Ireland. I’m getting all worked up just talking about it."

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Urban Brew Labs In Ravenswood Closing At End Of Summer Due To Lack Of Beer Sales

“We’ll keep the lights on as long as we have beer to serve, but this will be our final summer season,” a co-founder said.

Ravenswood

North Center’s Parkside Closes Saturday; Owners Blame Rising Costs And Pandemic Disruptions

Parkside opened in July 2021, offering creative takes on American dishes. But the struggles of being a small business owner in this climate were "insurmountable," the owner said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

4 CPS Students Wounded, 2 Critically, In Shooting Near Schurz High School

The shooting occurred on the third day of classes for Chicago Public Schools. Witnesses said the victims, all teens, were near an ice cream shop.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Want A Candle That Smells Like The Queen Of England? New Albany Park Shop Scent Queens Has You Covered

The couple behind Scent Queens Candle Co. & Apothecary Shoppe began making candles for fun, but the pandemic led to them growing their hobby into a business.

Albany Park

Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe Adds Draft Beer From Local Brewers To New North Center Location

Diners at the popular restaurant, which moved from its longtime home earlier this year, can choose from about 12 beers, plus Old Style, sangria, rose and canned cocktails.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Intimate Irving Park Event Space Him + Her Vintage Expands Boutique, Will Host Markets, Pop-Ups And More

Him + Her Vintage started out of a 450-square-foot space last year, renting out vintage glassware and tablescapes and hosting unique events. With the added space, Myriam and Manny Morales hope to work with more local creators.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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