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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Chicago Cop Who Teaches Use Of Force Rules At Academy Faces Felony In Off-Duty Irving Park Shooting

Officer Kevin Bunge was given a $1,000 bond while he awaits trial.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

April’s Hop, Stop ‘N’ Run 5K Benefits North Center’s Common Pantry

The Hop, Stop 'N' Run 5K is set to start April 3 and continue through April 10.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Nighttime Welles Park Ballgames Would Be Great For Kids And Businesses, Lincoln Square Group Says — But Some Neighbors Torn

The Welles Park Parents Association is behind the plan to add lights to the field, allowing for night games and practices for youth baseball and softball players. But some nearby residents are worried about noise, traffic and light pollution.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Off-Duty Cop Shoots At Men Inside Car In North Park, Police Say

No one was wounded, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating.

North Park

Apartments Now For Rent In Former Lawrence Avenue Sears Building

The $40 million redevelopment of the former Sears into retail and apartments was announced in 2017. Nearly half of the apartments are already rented, according to a leasing agent.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Albany Park Affordable Housing Project Gets Key City Approval: ‘This Is A Huge Victory For Us’

The 50-unit building is part of several projects backed by a local nonprofit to boost affordable housing in the gentrifying neighborhood.

Albany Park

Old Town School Of Folk Music Teachers Want Seats On Nonprofit’s Board

Teachers presented a public letter of support for the union’s demands from more than 60 people, including Old Town co-founder Frank Hamilton and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

NEIU Briefly Locked Down After Shots Fired In Campus Parking Lot

No one was wounded Wednesday morning after police reported seeing people in two cars shoot at each other on campus.

North Park

14 People At Northwest Side Elementary School In Quarantine After Positive COVID-19 Case

Chicago Public Schools officials reported the positive COVID-19 case Saturday, affecting three student-teacher pods.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Hardcore Punk Label ‘Another City Records’ Donates Portion Of Sales To Groups Fighting For Social Justice

Bands signed to the label get a say in which social justice groups will benefit from sales of their music, the label's founder said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Help Raise Money For Special Olympics’ Virtual Polar Plunge With Bags Tournament At My Buddy’s Chicago

The two bags tournaments at My Buddy’s is part of numerous events to replace the Chicago Polar Plunge, which is converting to a virtual fundraising format this year.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Need Help Creating Your Dream Garden? City Grange Hosting Online Festival For Newbies And Experts Alike

The Great Grow Along virtual festival kicks off March 19 and includes courses on raised beds, landscaping, house plants and more from some of the biggest names in gardening.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square Alderman Pushes Zoning Change To Force Developer To Reveal Mystery Grocer

The developer says it can't reveal its tenant because of a non-disclosure agreement. The lack of information has frustrated neighbors, who worry the grocer could be an Amazon Fresh.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square Group Wants To Install Lights To Host Night Games In Welles Park

The association’s plans will be presented at a virtual meeting 6:30 p.m. March 11.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Northwestern Project At Former Sabatino’s Site Gets Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Support

But some neighbors who live near the proposal say more revisions need to be made before the city gives Northwestern the final OK to build.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Mayor’s ‘You Gotta Be F–king Kidding Me’ Hot Mic Moment Was Not Directed At Council Members, Alderman Says

"She texted me and said she was talking about something brought to her by her staff," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez said following the mayor's gaffe.

Citywide

Cloud Kitchens’ Plan To Resolve Traffic, Parking Problems In North Center Is Too Little, Too Late, Neighbors Say

“We just finished our second meeting about these problems and they’ve only gotten worse," Ald. Matt Martin said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Here’s A Look At Irving Park, Albany Park And Avondale Street Construction Starting This Year

There will be parking restrictions while crews try to get the work done before the end of November, city officials said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cloud Kitchens Promises To Fix Traffic ‘Clusterf–k’, But North Center Neighbors Skeptical Plan Will Work

“It’s like a Portillo’s drive-thru but with armed security guards. It’s bonkers, man,” one neighbor said. Nearby business owners say the constant stream of delivery drivers and trucks is costing them customers.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

With Chicago Snowed In, Some Residents Want To Know: Why Isn’t There A Citywide Sidewalk Shoveling Service?

Chicagoans are largely on their own when it comes to digging out of their homes after snowstorms, which is harder for older residents and people with disabilities. A municipal shoveling effort would help erase that inequality, supporters say.

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