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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Woman Murdered, Dismembered Her West Ridge Landlord After Getting Eviction Notice, Police Say

Sandra Kolalou is charged with killing Frances Walker, 69, just days after getting served an eviction notice. Neighbors heard screams, called police and followed Kolalou when she tried to hide evidence, police said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Vichcraft Owner Relocates Her Custom Embroidery Shop To Irving Park

Owner Jenna Blazevich specializes in crafting custom chainstitch designs using a vintage embroidery machine — and she's worked with brands like Madewell and J Crew.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Body Of West Ridge Landlord Found Inside Home’s Freezer; Police Arrest Person Of Interest

A tenant in the home requested a wellbeing check on the landlord, which led to officers finding her body inside a freezer, police said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Some Lincoln Square Neighbors Unhappy With Developer’s Plan To Build Apartments At St. Matthias Rectory

A family-led development team want to convert the rectory into two multi-unit apartment buildings on the corner lot. The plan needs a zoning change from Ald. Andre Vasquez to move forward.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Hermes Cardona-Rios, Toddler Killed In Albany Park Hit-And-Run, Loved Dancing, Snacks, His Baby Sister And The Family Dog

The driver of a pickup truck hit Hermes and did not stop. “It’s still so truly sad that a child was cut down like that before he even had a chance to live his life," his godfather said.

Albany Park

Estate Sale Mistake: Cherished 1959 Wedding Portraits Sold By Accident — And Bride Wants Them Back

Gerri Cangelosi and her late husband married in 1959. Her family organized an estate sale of her longtime Elmwood Park home as she downsizes, but portraits from her wedding day were mistakenly included.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

City Officials Want To Get September ‘Supercell’ Storm Declared A Disaster To Qualify For Federal Aid

Many neighbors and business owners whose homes flooded during the Sept. 11 have found their insurance doesn't cover the damage. City officials say they're seeking federal funding to help.

Albany Park

The Massacre Horror Film Marathon Returns To The Davis Theater In Lincoln Square This Weekend

Organizers will screen more than 14 hours of horror films Saturday. A portion of funds from the event will go toward Heartland Health Outreach.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s St. Matthias Rectory Would Become Apartments Under Developer’s Proposal

The St. Matthias church property is not part of the proposal, but the apartments would be built on an unofficial community space. Neighbors will be able to learn more at an Oct. 5 community meeting.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Off-Duty Officer Shot In Avondale ‘Road Rage Incident’ Is No Longer With Police Department, Officials Say

The 27-year-old woman is no longer working as an officer, but the department did not explain why.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Plan To Bring Amazon Fresh To Lincoln Square’s Fifth Third Bank Building Dead, Alderman Says

A lack of transparency surrounding the development at 4800 N. Western Ave. kept the ward’s community zoning process from moving forward. Last month, the deal was scrapped.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Irving Park’s First Indie Fest To Feature Local Acts, Artisans Saturday

The free festival will feature eight local bands and at least 20 vendors selling artisan items.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Should Aldermen Be Allowed To Have 2nd Jobs That Conflict With Their Office? A Proposal To Ban It Stalls

Aldermen are paid six-figure salaries and have access to a city expense account, but they are considered part-time employees who can take outside jobs.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Police Search For Gunman Who Shot Off-Duty Police Officer In Face During ‘Road Rage’ Incident In Avondale

The off-duty officer has been with the Police Department for less than a year. She is expected to recover.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Long-Delayed Ravenswood Metra Station Renovation Stalls Again Because Of Supply Chain Issues

The project — announced in 2010 — has faced setbacks due to lack of funding and weather. Officials said they hope to have it done by the end of the year.

Ravenswood

Migrants From Texas Need Clothes, Gift Cards And Cellphones. Here’s How To Donate

“This has really been an all-in moment for many of our organizations. It’s really forced us to change the way normally operate for this past week, for sure," one nonprofit spokesman said.

Albany Park

Susie’s Drive-Thru Closes After 50 Years In Irving Park

If a sale of the building doesn't pan out, the owners could reopen the ice cream and fast food joint in October. But their plan is to permanently close.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Friends Who Grew Up Playing Yu-Gi-Oh! And Pokémon Card Games Open Collectibles Shop In Ravenswood Manor

PandaPops & Collectibles opened in August next to the Francisco Brown Line stop, offering collectible figurines, cards and more.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ravenswood Art Walk Is Back This Weekend With Live Music, Local Art And Craft Beer

Now in its 20th year, the festival features open studios and galleries, live music, an outdoor artist market, children’s corner and beer garden.

Ravenswood

Delmark Records Brings Blues & Jazz Stroll Back To North Center This Weekend 

The free concert is back with live music Saturday at Burning Bush Brewery on Rockwell Street.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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