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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

Pilsen Labor Organizer Rudy Lozano Gets A Day In His Honor: ‘He Left A Profound Lesson For Us All’

Lozano committed his life fighting for labor rights, union organizing before he was murdered in 1983 at the age of 31.

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Chicago Should Cancel ShotSpotter Contract After Report Shows Police Influence On Technology, Activists Say

ShotSpotter is touted by police for its real-time gunshot detection technology, but recent reports have cast doubt on its reliability.

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Velvet Taco Serves Up An Eclectic Mix Of Taco Fillings On Randolph Street

From spicy tikka chicken to Korean fried rice, the new restaurant at 910 W. Randolph St. offers flavors from around the world.

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As Target Warehouse Opens On Little Village Hilco Site, Alderman Celebrates New Jobs — While Activists Vow To Keep Fighting

The controversial warehouse will bring 2,000 jobs to Little Village, Ald. Michael Rodriguez said. But environmental justice groups say diesel trucks will further pollute their neighborhood.

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As Hilco’s Target Warehouse Opens, Activists Dread More Pollution, Truck Traffic In Little Village: ‘Our Community Is Being Sacrificed’

The 1.3-million-square-foot facility housing a Target distribution center is opening Tuesday at 35th and Pulaski despite years of community opposition.

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Prominent Developer Pitches 26-Story High-Rise For Fulton Market

The latest proposal comes amid a slew of developer plans for apartment and condo towers in the former meatpacking district.

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Pilsen-Based Belli’s Cafe Is Opening Juice Bars In River North, Lincoln Park Gyms

Alexandra Curatolo will have a counter to serve her organic juices, smoothies, healthy shots, bowls, toasts, coffees and grab-and-go food.

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Casa Durango, An Affordable Housing Development In Pilsen, To Break Ground This Fall

Casa Durango will be a 37-unit development at 1850 S. Racine Ave. and a 16-unit building at 2008 S. Ashland Ave.

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Neighbors Asked For A Dog Run Next To A Community Garden In Pilsen. A Fundraiser Brings It Closer to Reality

The money will go toward water service and installation of chain-link fencing and a double-gate system. Trees also will be added.

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Sterling Bay Pitches 25-Story Apartment Tower In Fulton Market — But City Wants More Affordable Units

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) said the project could be stalled because the city and developers don't agree on how many on-site affordable units there should be.

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After Being Spared From The Wrecking Ball, Victorian Building Formerly Home To La Luce Receives Landmark Status

Built in 1892 as a Schlitz brewing saloon and tied house, the Queen Anne Victorian building was La Luce’s home from 1989 until the restaurant closed in 2016.

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Long-Awaited Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development Gets City Council Approval

The next phase of the Roosevelt Square project contains three mid-rise buildings with 207 total units and the rehabilitation of an existing building that will be the home of a museum and 15 residential units. 

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West Loop Boom Continues As City Council Approves Fulton Market Apartment Towers With Over 1,000 Units

LG Development and Fulton St. Companies received approval for separate projects just blocks from each other.

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Chicago Removed Its Columbus Statues After Protests. An Italian-American Group Is Suing To Bring One Back

The statues had been the subject of high-profile protests last year. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans wants to restore the one in Arrigo Park.

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West Loop Apartment Complex Could Bring Nearly 300 More Units To Neighborhood

The proposed building on Washington Boulevard would include 288 apartments, retail and a rooftop deck.

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A Little Village Laundromat Brings Math Out Of Classrooms And Into Everyday Life For Young Learners

The early learning installations at Linares Launderia were created to help kids understand math is all around them.

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Pilsen Market Highlighting Street Vendors Coming Sundays To Dvorak Park

The market, which features local businesses, food and music, will be held 4-8 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26.

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Developer Pitches Plans For 19-Story Life Science Office Building In Fulton Market

Mark Goodman & Associates Inc. will unveil plans for the building at 400 N. Elizabeth St. during a virtual community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez Moves 25th Ward Office To Be ‘More Accessible To Residents’

The new ward office, located at 2100 W. Cermak Rd. in Pilsen, will open Thursday.

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East Pilsen Vacant Lot Could Become Retail Space and Parking Lot Under Developer’s Plan

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) is scheduled to host a community meeting virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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