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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Welles Park Grub Infestation Will Shut Down Youth Sports Until At Least Next Summer, Parent Group Says

Treatments of the ball fields will start this week at Welles and as soon as next week at Winnemac Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Nightmare On Montrose: Grub Infestation Leaves Welles Park Stinking Of Rot And One-Third Destroyed

After heavy rains, thousands of beetle grubs emerged from under Welles Park in Lincoln Square and destroyed a wide swath of the fields.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bloodshot Records Sold To Indie Investor Exceleration Music, New Owners Promise To Honor Outstanding Artist Royalties

“I am both happy and relieved to hear that the Bloodshot catalog has landed in the hands of independent-minded folks who have a long history of looking out for artists' interests,” one Bloodshot artist said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Urban Brew Labs Taproom Now Open In Former Koval Space, Featuring Exclusive Beers, Mario Kart Contests And More

The taproom opened this summer. It will host a Halloween party with music and a costume contest Oct. 30.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bloodshot Records Founder Says He’s Leaving Indie Label After 25 Years

Since 2019, the indie record label has faced unresolved legal issues between Rob Miller and his former business partner, Nan Warshaw.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Try Rare Fall Beers, German Food At Malt Row’s Oktoberfest Fundraiser For Area Food Pantry

Organizers Dovetail and Begyle breweries are asking for a $5 donation to support the Friendship Center, a nonprofit food pantry that feeds almost 2,000 Northwest Siders each month.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Longtime Irving Park Activist Who Died From COVID-19 Remembered With Honorary Street Sign

Betty Resnikoff was a teacher, community organizer and founding member of Albany Park, North Park and Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lakeview Water Main Replacement On Ashland Reroutes Traffic, Causes Parking Restrictions

Neighbors may also need to perform an “intensive flushing” of their water system during construction as their homes are added to the new water main.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

As City Struggles With Shootings, Violence Interrupters In Irving Park And Albany Park Are Working Toward Peace

Tuesday's block party allowed the Alliance of Local Service Organizations's outreach team to explain their approach to reducing violence. They also learned more about neighbors' concerns.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Neighbors Can Weigh In On Developer’s Revised Plans For Former People’s Gas Site In Irving Park Next Week

Next week's community meeting will offer an in-person and virtual option for neighbors to participate.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Fewer Power Outages Expected After Upgrades To Grid At Irving Park ComEd Facility

The technology allows electricity to be rerouted around downed substations to speed recovery from electrical grid outages, ComEd officials said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago Joe’s Replacement Gets Alderman’s Blessing After Restaurant, Affordable Apartments Added

A developer needed Ald. Matt Martin's support to tear down the closed restaurant on Irving Park Road and build an apartment building.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Metra Begins $36.1 Million Overhaul To Grayland Station In Irving Park

Crews began work last week, and construction is expected to wrap by spring 2024, according to Metra.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Common Pantry Fundraiser Returns Friday, Raising Money To Feed North Siders In Need

Proceeds from ticket sales, donations and the silent auction will benefit the nonprofit food pantry’s mission, which has been assisting North Siders since 1967.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Suicide Prevention Walk Saturday At Montrose Harbor Will Raise Money For Research, Support

Since the first walk in 2004, events like the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk have provided a platform to create awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, organizers said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Koval Distillery Opens Ravenswood Tasting Room Friday

The tasting room is part of the distiller’s years-long plan to bring all its operations under one roof.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Timeless Toys Collects Toys, Donations For Refugee Families From Afghanistan In US

Scott Friedland, Timeless’ shopkeeper, is an Indiana National Guard captain at Camp Atterbury, which is hosting thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Irving Park Neighbors Blast Developer For ‘Bulky’ Townhomes, Apartments: ‘This Is Not Downtown’

Opposition to the development has even united unlikely allies: Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and former Ald. Dick Mell.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Las Palmas Brings Its Mix Of Guatemalan And Mexican Cuisine To Albany Park

The Guatemalan food at Las Palmas includes enchiladas that use corn tortillas made from scratch and covered in Guatemalan-style mole as well as a rustic, ranchero-style chicken soup. 

Albany Park

Play Kickball And Support Irving Park Neighborhood Programs

Proceeds will support the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association programs and events, like the local farmers market.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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