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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

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

Chicago Police Should Stop Foot Chases Until New Policy Is Created, Latino Leaders Say: ‘This Has To End Right Now’

After Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez were killed during foot chases, leaders are urging immediate changes to police policy. "Our communities are traumatized by this," one member said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Ravenswood Culver’s Is Opening This Month — And Owners Are Hiring This Weekend

The Ravenswood Culver's is hosting a job fair Friday and Saturday to hire 40-50 workers for the new location.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Plan To Install Lights At Welles Park Baseball Diamonds Could Be Cut In Half After Some Neighbors Oppose It

The Welles Park Parents Association is revising its proposal to just two fields after a small group of neighbors said the plan to add lights would be too disruptive to the neighborhood.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cloud Kitchens Launches PR Campaign To Fight Business Restrictions In North Center — And It Looks A Lot Like The Early Days Of Uber

Facing pushback from neighbors and aldermen, Cloud Kitchens — which former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is heavily invested in — is claiming criticism of the ghost kitchen is racist.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

After Another Deadly Cop Shooting, Aldermen Blast Lightfoot, CPD Leaders For ‘Standing In The Way’ Of Police Reform

Mayor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on promises of transparency and action on long-stalled changes to police policy. Some say the mayor and department aren't moving fast enough.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Video Shows Chicago Police Fatally Shoot Anthony Alvarez As He Runs From Them: ‘Why Are You Shooting Me?’ (NO VIDEO IN STORY)

The slain man's family said they had "more questions than answers" after viewing the footage, which shows police shooting Alvarez as he ran away from them.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Video Shows Chicago Police Fatally Shoot Anthony Alvarez As He Runs From Them: ‘Why Are You Shooting Me?’ (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

The slain man's family said they had "more questions than answers" after viewing the footage, which showed police shooting Alvarez as he ran away from them.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Anthony Alvarez’s Family Slated To Watch Video Of Police Killing Portage Park Father

The 22-year-old was killed by police during a foot chase March 31. After weeks of demanding answers, the city will allow family to view video of the shooting, a family member said.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Family Of Portage Park Father Killed By Police Asks Witnesses To Come Forward: His ‘Story Is Not Being Shared Enough’

A police officer fatally shot Anthony Alvarez, 22, just days after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by police. His family still hasn’t heard when video from the shooting will be released, they said. "We want answers."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

North Center Alderman Nixes Developer’s Plan For Luxury Condos At Chicago Joe’s Property

Neighbors and the alderman rejected the plans due to a lack of commercial space, affordable housing and residential density to support local businesses.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s Ainslie Arts Plaza Has A New, More Inviting Look. Now, It Just Needs The Perfect Logo

The Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is looking for an artist to create a logo and branding for the plaza that will be featured on planters and pylons in the area. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Property Owners Can Weigh In On North River Commission’s Plan To Expand Irving Park And Albany Park Taxing District

If the commission can get the support of businesses, it could offer its services — like litter removal and landscaping — in the expanded area by January.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood, Lincoln Square And North Park Neighbors Can Volunteer At These Earth Day Clean Up Events

Volunteers at the clean up events will need to wear mask and follow social distancing rules.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cloud Kitchens Isn’t Following A City Rule To Lessen Traffic Woes, North Center Neighbors Say

City officials told Cloud Kitchens to stop allowing customers to pick up orders from Rockwell Street. But the business is still doing it, residents said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Culver’s Could Be Coming To North Park After Getting Key City Approval

The city's zoning committee signed off on a Culver's proposed for 6001 N. Lincoln Ave. City Council is scheduled to vote on it Wednesday.

North Park
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