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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

West Loop Summer Restaurant Rundown: Oriole Returns, El Che Launches Pop-Up Argentinian Street Markets

Plus: Chikatana replaced City Tap, and Monteverde and Shake Shack have partnered up for a limited-edition sandwich.

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Teenage Boys, 17, Wounded In Little Village Shooting

The teens were standing in the 3500 block of West Cermak Road when someone fired shots from a car, police said.

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After Years Of Renting, Street Vendors Come Together To Buy Their Own Kitchen: ‘This Is A Treasure’

City rules forbid vendors from preparing food at home or on the street. The kitchen gives them a stable place to prepare tacos, tamales and other goods — and even expand their businesses.

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Craft Beer Fest Bringing More Than 40 Beers To Fulton Market This Weekend

The festival, now in its ninth year, will feature local and national craft brewers and live music.

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Hugely Popular Fiesta Del Sol Returning To Pilsen As In-Person Event Next Month

Alivio Medical Center will provide vaccines to attendees 12 and older at the festival, which will be July 29-Aug. 1.

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Cook County Jail Begins Demolishing Vacant Dormitories To Make Way For Recreational Space

Officials say they will not use explosives for the teardown, and neighbors can access air quality information during the work.

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After Taggers Vandalize Important Pilsen Murals, Neighborhood Groups Ask Culprits To ‘Respect Community Art’

Two 18th Street murals were tagged again, and area nonprofits are now trying to fix them up. “We are fans of street and graffiti artists, but there are unwritten rules and guidelines that you follow and respect."

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J.P. Graziano Celebrates 84 Years Of Feeding Chicago, From Italian Imports To Legendary Sandwiches

Vincenzo Graziano launched his Italian food importing business on Randolph Street in 1937. Nearly nine decades later, the family tradition is going strong. “I’m so proud of what we are and what we mean to the city."

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Girl, 14, Dies Days After Being Shot In Back Of The Yards: ‘We Are Losing Our Children’

Savanah Quintero, 14, died Saturday at Comer Children’s Hospital. She was shot Wednesday in Back of the Yards.

Back of the Yards

National Museum Of Mexican Art Set To Welcome Guests Again July 1

The museum closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now it's reopening with safety protocols.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Vegan Farmers Market Returns To The Plant In Back Of The Yards Sunday

The market, called Vegan Paradise, will feature local farmers, crafters and plant-based chefs, all selling their goods at the Plant.

Back of the Yards

Time Out Market In West Loop Reopens This Month With New Chef Lineup

The sprawling food hall will bring back familiar faces as well as new chefs when it reopens June 17.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Girl, 14, Critically Wounded In Back Of The Yards Shooting

On Wednesday night, the girl was walking in the 1700 block of West 48th Street when she was shot in her head, police said.

Back of the Yards

After Pregnant Woman Murdered While Seeking Out Baby Supplies, Group Formed In Her Honor Helps Hundreds Of Parents In Need

After the murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, Southwest Collective launched a program to help families get baby supplies and support from other parents.

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Pitchfork Music Festival Returning To Union Park In September With Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Erykah Badu

Ticket buyers should be fully vaccinated or willing to show proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test before attending the Union Park event in September.

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With An Emphasis On Community, Developers Unveil Bids To Transform Vacant Back Of The Yards Lot

Proposals include affordable housing, community spaces and amenities such as coffeehouses, taprooms and rooftop decks.

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Lollapalooza Coming Back To Chicago This Summer, Report Says — But City Says It’s Not A Done Deal

Variety reports the music fest is set to return to Grant Park at “near-to or full-capacity" July 29-Aug. 1.

Downtown

New Fulton Market Lab Incubator Hopes To Spur Life Sciences, Biotech Hub In Chicago

City officials and the team behind Fulton Labs cut the ribbon Thursday on the 14-story complex at 1375 W. Fulton Market St.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Smoothie Spot RealGood Stuff Co. Bringing Healthy, Fast-Casual Meals To Fulton Market This Fall

Along with popular smoothies, the fast-casual restaurant will offer fresh, locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner options when it opens in October.

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With Ban On Residential North Of Lake Lifted, Developer Unveils 34-Story Fulton Market Tower

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), who previously opposed residential north of Lake Street, is waiting on community feedback before weighing on the development.

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