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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

A Young Venezuelan Had Never Heard Of Chicago. Now, He’s Starting A Life Here

Jhopsef Stiven spent years hopping countries in search of a better life. He’s one of thousands of migrants starting over in Chicago with no family or knowledge of the city.

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A Venezuelan Father Came To America In Pursuit Of A Better Job To Support His Family. But He Had To Leave His Young Daughter Behind

Yorvi Sánchez found friends in Chicago, but he isn’t looking forward to Christmas without his 7-year-old daughter. "Being able to help them from here is the whole reason I came here,” he said.

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Un Joven Venezolano Nunca Había Oído Hablar De Chicago. Ahora Está Empezando Una Nueva Vida Aquí.

Jhopsef Stiven pasó años saltando de un país a otro en busca de una vida mejor. Es uno de los miles de inmigrantes que empiezan de nuevo en Chicago sin familia ni conocimiento de la ciudad.

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Un Padre Venezolano Vino A Estados Unidos En Busca De Un Mejor Trabajo Para Poder Mantener A Su Familia, Pero Tuvo Que Dejar Atrás A Su Hija Pequeña.

Yorvi Sánchez encontró amigos en Chicago, pero no espera la Navidad sin su hija de 7 años. "Poder ayudarles desde aquí es la única razón por la que vine", dijo.

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Shop Local 2022: A Lincoln Square, North Center, Albany Park, Irving Park And Ravenswood Gift Guide

From hand-poured candles to David Bowie-themed board games, shops in the Lincoln Square area are packed full of potential gifts.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Here’s Where You Can Watch World Cup Games In North Center And Lincoln Square

The tournament will continue through Dec. 18, and matches between the remaining teams can be watched at these neighborhood bars and restaurants. 

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Lincoln Square Affordable Housing Development Near Western Brown Line Gets Key City Approval

The development announced in 2020 has been revised multiple times amid debates about parking, housing and public transit. The project still requires City Council approval.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

North Center’s Black Eagle Lounge Revamps Menu, Asks Neighbors For Support After Original Owner Dies

Black Eagle Lounge's first owner died in 2020. Now, his childhood friend is trying to keep the bar and restaurant afloat to honor him.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ms. Ella’s Healing Kitchen Brings Holistic Healing, Hip Hop And Vegan Food To Albany Park

The pop-up business grew out of the owners' efforts to host hip-hop jam sessions with meditation and home-cooked vegan food.

Albany Park

Voters Want To Reopen City’s Closed Mental Health Clinics. An Alderperson Says She’ll Use Momentum To Revive Stalled Plan

The referendum question on Tuesday's ballot in three wards was non-binding, but Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez said the vote will help her revive her stalled plan to help Chicagoans in crisis.

Albany Park

Mindful Baking Owner Raising Money To Open Vegan, Gluten-Free Cafe In Ravenswood

Owner Diane Mejia specializes in baking vegan and gluten-free cakes, doughnuts, muffins, pies and more.

Ravenswood

Hop Butcher Will Open Its First Taproom In North Center Thursday

Hop Butcher owners Jeremiah Zimmer and Jude La Rose bought the building and equipment from Half Acre in 2021. Hop Butcher was founded in Chicago in 2014, offering IPAs, lagers and stouts.

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Lincoln Square’s Famous Dutch Pancake Huis Is Now Territory Kitchen

The restaurant will offer German and Italian food. It comes from the owner of the now-closed I Monelli, another longtime Lincoln Square staple.

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Lincoln Square Alderman Rejects Developers’ Plan To Build Apartments At St. Matthias Rectory

Neighbors were concerned the proposed development only had three affordable units and were worried about its parking, the alderperson said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Sisters’ Albany Park Charcuterie Boards Showcase Their Love For Hispanic Heritage And The Holidays

De Charcuterie Sisters are creating custom Halloween charcuterie boards inspired by horror icons and their heritage.

Albany Park

Lincoln Square Alderman Mocks CTA With Ghost Train Costume At City Council

Ald. Andre Vasquez wore the Halloween costume as he's set to introduce a measure to require CTA leaders to give City Council quarterly updates or risk losing funding.

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Ravenswood’s Empirical Brewery Evicted Because Of Thousands In Unpaid Rent, Court Records Show

Empirical's landlord terminated the lease in May after brewery owners failed to pay more than $16,000 in rent. Authorities evicted the company from its Malt Row home Friday.

Ravenswood

Son of Alps East Owners Opens Diner In Same North Center Location

Irene’s Finer Diner opened Friday morning. The Irving Park Road spot changed hands at least twice since the owner's family closed Alps East in 2012.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s The Green Post Now Open For Breakfast And Lunch At Former Red Lion Location

The pub and coffee shop aims to be a family-friendly spot good for a quick bite, watching a soccer match or meeting friends for a pint, its leaders said.

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West Ridge Landlord Killed In Gruesome Attack Was A Talented Pianist With A Lifelong Love Of Classical Music, Family Says

Frances "Fran" Walker was killed last week at her West Ridge home. She was passionate about music and was known to take care of others.

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