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Ariel Parrella-Aureli

In Pandemic Pivot, Portage Park Entrepreneur Gives Artists And Makers A Home With Pop-up Markets

The Joy Room Chicago, a new creative business incubator and event space, will host a pop-up market Saturday.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Belmont Cragin Area Will Get A Public Plaza To Support Street Vendors, Host Outdoor Events Under City Program

"This plaza really exemplifies the spirit of the people of the neighborhood who have struggled throughout this pandemic but have come out on top and better," one leader said.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Some Six Corners Groups Get Early Look At Sears Redevelopment Plan, But Reporters And Other Residents Shut Out

"When you are already rolling things out to neighbor organizations, that means it is ready for public input," a local urban planner said. But Ald. Jim Gardiner has consistently shut the media and public out of local development meetings.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Holocaust Survivor, Sauganash Neighbor Celebrates 100th Birthday With City Council Proclamation In His Honor

Nurko Gazija has spent seven decades in Chicago, building a life on the Northwest Side after surviving Nazi concentration camps.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Edgebrook Cycle, Celebrates 41 Years Of Business: ‘A Pillar Of This Community’

The family business celebrated 40 years in the neighborhood in March 2020, but could not commemorate the milestone because of the pandemic.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Show Off Your Dog’s Style And Tricks At This Virtual Talent Show To Benefit Local Rescue Shelters

Two women-led dog groups are teaming up to celebrate Chicago's dog community with a virtual talent show.

Citywide

After Fire Temporarily Closes Jefferson Park’s Brigadoon, Bartenders Raising Money To Support Staff: ‘It’s Been Tough … Anything Helps’

The fire, believed to be started by an exterminator's smoke bomb, is another major blow to the bar and its employees, who already were struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Jefferson Park Polish Catholic Church Appeals Archdiocese’s Decision To Combine Northwest Side Parishes

Parishioners at St. Constance Parish and School say they worry merging with a nearby church will undermine some of their long-held traditions.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Some City Workers Have Hesitated To Get Vaccinated — But They Should Be Setting ‘The Example’ For Chicagoans, Lightfoot Says

An alderman and some members of the Police Department are skipping the vaccine for now, and the city has no plan to mandate the shots for city workers.

Citywide

Taft High School Senior Wins Poetry Out Loud State Championship: ‘I’m Glad I Got To Leave My Mark’

Catherine Herrera, 17, advanced to this year's Poetry Out Loud regional semifinals: "It made me realize how much progress I have made."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Forest Glen Neighbors Raised Money To Save Area Ash Trees, But City’s Urban Canopy Is Still At Risk

Chicago stopped treating trees for emerald ash borer in 2019. A Forest Glen community group raised $10,000 to treat trees on their own.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Cooking For Mom On Mother’s Day? This Jefferson Park Chef Can Help

Fearless Cooking is teaming up with a local florist so you can get your mom a homemade meal and flowers for Mother's Day.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Anthony Alvarez’s Family Marches To Demand Justice For Portage Park Father Shot By Police: ‘They Killed A Part Of Our Family’

Videos of police shooting the 22-year-old on March 31 were released last week. His family said they want the officer fired and face criminal charges.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

This Jefferson Park Paleteria Almost Called It Quits Due To The Pandemic And A Robbery — But It’s Back Thanks To Neighborhood Support

The family-owned ice cream shop El Sabor la Michoacanita is working to add new menu items and signs to attract customers ahead of summer. "It has been really, really difficult to stay afloat, but here we are."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

A Wild Turkey Is Roaming The Far Northwest Side And Neighbors Are Loving It

Neighbors wonder if wild turkeys could make a comeback in northern Illinois after recent sightings were reported and forest preservation efforts have increased.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Neighbors Worry Latest Six Corners Development Plan Could Bring The Suburbs To Portage Park And Hurt Local Businesses

A developer wants to bring an Amazon Fresh grocery store and up to 36 apartments to the old Peoples Gas site at Six Corners, but neighbors are wary of its benefit to the community.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Rare Wild Turkey Spotted In LaBagh Woods: ‘A Big Deal’ For Birders And Proof Biodiversity Improving In Northwest Side Preserves

Preservation efforts in LaBagh Woods have removed invasive species and made way for more native plants to grow — allowing more animals to flock to the area.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Former Congressman Luis Gutierrez Demands Kim Foxx Take Immediate Action To Fix Botched Handling Of Adam Toledo Case

State's Attorney Kim Foxx said Thursday she has yet to see video of police shooting Toledo. "You turned your back on all of us seeking justice in the city," Gutierrez said to Foxx.

Downtown

Mayfair Vaccine Clinic Giving Out 1,200 Vaccine Shots This Thursday. Here’s How To Sign Up

Registration is open for a vaccine clinic that will give 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to far Northwest Side folks, regardless of residency or immigration status.

North Park

Local Puerto Rican Veterans Form Their Own American Legion Post To Provide Greater Representation Of Latino Community

A Puerto Rican veteran created the group to educate people on the contributions of Puerto Ricans in the military and provide support for Latino veterans.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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