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Alex V. Hernandez

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park reporter

alex@blockclubchi.org

Irving Park’s Independence Tap Sold As Owner Retires — But It’s Expected To Remain A Bar

George Lacon has run the bar since 1995, but it opened in 1970. It's known for live music and its low-key feel.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Schurz High School Briefly Locked Down After Reports Of A Person With A Gun On Campus

Police responded to reports of a person with a gun on the campus, but no weapon was recovered by those who responded. No injuries were reported.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Volta Elementary, Ronan Park And Kelvyn Park On Northwest Side Are Finalists For $1.5 Million City Grant

Northwest Side neighbors can weigh in on three finalists' proposals in a community survey until Nov. 11.

Albany Park

Ravenswood Manor Day Care Will Close In December, Owners Announce, Shocking Parents

Ravenswood Manor Child Care Center opened in 1999 and routinely has a long waitlist. Owners say they're shutting it down in part because of staffing problems.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Mystery Of What Killed The Grass At Welles Park Is Solved — But Why Thousands Of Grubs Infested The Fields Is Still Unknown

The Park District also confirmed the grubs have infested sections of Winnemac Park, but the damage there isn’t on the same scale as what happened to Welles Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Dave’s Hot Chicken, Which Started In An East Hollywood Parking Lot, Opens First Chicago Location In North Center

The LA-based chain’s first Chicago location is just down the block from Lane Tech College Prep. It features seven levels of spice for its Nashville hot chicken.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cog Cycles Chicago Moves Into Larger Store Closer To North Park Bike Routes

The new shop is closer to the North Shore Channel Trail and will allow the business to host events and expand its inventory of bicycles.

North Park

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
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