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Joe Ward

Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown Reporter

Juan Rivera fue injustamente condenado por asesinato. Ahora usa el dinero del acuerdo para abrir Barber College en Rogers Park, en asociación con su ex guardia de prisión

Mientras cumplía la condena por un crimen que no cometió, Juan Rivera obtuvo su licencia de barbero con la ayuda de Bobby Mattison, uno de los guardias de la prisión. Ahora, juntos han abierto Legacy Barber College en Rogers Park.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown Self-Made Millionaire Launches Financial Literacy Program For Kids, With Graduates Getting $500 A Year Until They’re 18

Jeff Badu became a millionaire by 26. Now, he's hoping to empower a new generation of entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

A Rogers Park Plaque Marks How US Grabbed Indigenous People’s Land That Became Chicago. Neighbors Are Deciding What To Do With It

The Indian Boundary Lines plaque is one of 40 controversial monuments being reconsidered in a city program.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Wrongly Convicted Of Murder, Juan Rivera Uses Settlement Money To Open Barber College With His Former Prison Guard In Rogers Park

Juan Rivera got his barber license with the help of prison guard Bobby Mattison while serving time for a crime he didn't commit. Now they have opened Legacy Barber College in Rogers Park.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Rogers Park Businesses Selling Mother’s Day ‘Lox Box,’ With Proceeds Supporting Glenwood Sunday Market’s Food Insecurity Programs

The "lox box" from Urban Tables includes a half pound of lox, one pound of cream cheese, four bagels and garnish for $36.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Land & Lake Andersonville Opens As Neighborhood Version Of Downtown Eatery From A Local Couple

The Clark Street restaurant is a take on Land & Lake Kitchen, which operates in the LondonHouse Hotel on Wacker Drive. It's opened in the former space of Passerotto.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown Neighbors Want To Stop Conversion Of Weiss Hospital Parking Lot Into Apartments: ‘We Are At A Tipping Point In Our Community’

A developer's plan for a 314-unit apartment building at the Weiss Hospital lot is luxury housing overkill in a neighborhood with a massive influx of development, some neighbors say.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After Visitors Flock To Montrose Beach To See Monty And Rose, Officials Fence Off Dunes Natural Area

After the much-hyped return of Monty and Rose, birders and photographers flocked to the lakefront to get a look. Now the area is fenced off so the couple can find a nesting place.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Brian Nelson, Who Used His 3 Decades In Prison To Advocate For Reforms, Dies At 56: ‘There’s No Doubt He Left His Mark’

Nelson spent 12 years in solitary confinement before successfully pushing leaders to reform the state's criminal justice system.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Metra’s New Edgewater Station Delayed Yet Again As City Nixes Transit Agency’s Green Groundwater Plan

The project, originally announced in 2012, had construction start dates of September and May. It has been delayed once again.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Rogers Park Vaccine Event Being Held Friday. Here’s How To Sign Up

A local school will host the vaccine clinic, where 1,000 Moderna doses will be administered.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Husband And Wife Combine Years Of Restaurant Experience To Open Semilla’s In Rogers Park

Jose Roque and Patricia Norabuena use their experience at upscale restaurants to produce family recipes at the Mexican-Peruvian fusion joint Semilla's Latin Kitchen & Wine Bar.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Famed Piping Plovers Monty And Rose Reunite At Montrose Beach For Third Straight Summer

Rose spent the winter in Anclote Key, Florida. Monty was spotted in Texas. But the endangered birds reunited in Chicago. "It's very exciting," one local birder said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Famed Piping Plover Rose Returns To Montrose Beach For Third Straight Year, Now Has More Room To Roam

Rose, one half of the beloved Great Lakes piping plover pair with her mate Monty, has returned to Montrose Beach after wintering in the south.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Andersonville Farmers Market Returns May 12 With In-Person And Online Options

Last year's farmers market relied on customers ordering online due to the pandemic — but now people can buy in person again.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Edgewater’s pHlour Bakery & Cafe Opening Diner In Former Nookies Spot

PHlour has attracted a following in Edgewater and wanted to expand. The closure of Nookies nearby provided a great opportunity, the bakery owner said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Loyola University Will Require Students Get COVID Vaccine Before Returning To Campus This Fall

Students who aren't vaccinated or don't meet exemption criteria won't be allowed to move into dorms or attend in-person classes, Loyola officials said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

West Side Teen Designs Coffee Bags For Uptown Cafe, With Sales Proceeds Going To Boys & Girls Club

"It felt good knowing something I made will be in a store and seen by people," 14-year-old Trenton said. "It's a really good feeling."

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Andersonville, Rogers Park Business Districts Get Floral Makeovers For Earth Day

Rogers Park businesses will be handing out free seeds for neighbors to plant, and Andersonville businesses have spring specials.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Mayor’s Plan To Require More Affordable Units In Residential Developments Earns Key City Approval

The Lightfoot administration's plan would require developers building in most parts of the city to include 20 percent affordable units, up from the current 10 percent.

Downtown
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