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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

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, Norwood 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, Norwood 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, Norwood 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, Norwood 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, Norwood 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

Lincoln Square’s Canna Bella Lux Hosting 4/20 ‘Weed Girls’ Mixer At Davis Theater 

The event includes a screening of “Mean Girls" and a swag bag with cones from the smoke shop, popcorn and more.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bon Femmes Expands From Online Shop To Ravenswood Storefront With A Focus On Female Artists

The Bon Femmes store, 4917 N. Damen Ave., will only be open Saturdays, but customers will still be able to shop online. The store sells accessories, art and home decor made exclusively by women.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Night Game Lights At Welles Park Would Help Kids Baseball And Local Businesses, Supporters Say. City Will Decide This Month Whether To Approve Them

A nonprofit group asked the Park District for a quick decision so it can apply for grants to pay for the lights. Some critics say the process is moving too fast.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Thorek May Sell Parts Of Bethany Methodist Hospital And Retirement Home In Ravenswood, Alderman Says

Thorek purchased the Bethany property in 2019 for $22.5 million but has shared little about its plans for the space.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago Still Has Barbershop Quartets — And They’re Performing For Free At Marie’s Pizza In Albany Park Sunday

The Chicago Metro Chorus, established in 1945 and the only active chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will celebrate 75 years with Sunday's free performance.

Albany Park
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