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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

With Help From Apple, Little Village Youth Will Tell Their Stories Through Photography, Visual Art

Apple will partner with local groups, including Yollocalli Arts Reach, for the free program that provides youth with mentoring, training and access to Apple products.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Man Was Unarmed, Running Away When Shot And Killed By Police In Pilsen, Lawsuit Says

The family of Miguel Vega said an officer recklessly fired shots without a clear target in a residential block.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

For CPS Students, Teachers And Parents, First-Day Jitters Take On New Meaning Amid Pandemic

Many Chicago Public Schools students returned to the classroom for the first time in more than 500 days Monday, with masks mandatory as the Delta variant continues to spread.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Unvaccinated Mom In Pilsen Can See Her Son, Judge Says In Reversal

Earlier this month, Cook County Judge James Shapiro said Rebecca Firlit's custody of her 11-year-old son would be revoked until she was vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Cutting Ribbon On Controversial Hilco Warehouse, Target Hosting Community Meeting This Week

Company representatives plan to answer questions about the Target Little Village Supply Chain Facility during a virtual meeting Tuesday.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Medical District Zoning Changes To Expand Development Get Committee Approval

The area could undergo a shift, from being primarily a medical district to becoming a "truly mixed-use neighborhood," a city official said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Loop Apartment Tower Plan Moves Forward, Would Bring 288 Units To Area

The $100 million high-rise would be sandwiched between buildings at 1201 W. Washington Blvd. and 1229 W. Washington Blvd.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Loop Apartment Towers With More Than 1,000 Units Get Key City Committee Approval

The city’s Plan Commission Thursday gave the green light to Jamal Properties’ plan to build two apartment towers at 601 W. Monroe Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Streetscape Upgrades Coming To 47th Street, Ashland Avenue Corridors In Back Of the Yards

Residents said they hope the upgrades include more pedestrian safety measures and potential bike lanes along Ashland Avenue.

Back of the Yards

Mex Talks Panel Returning Next Month To Explore Mexican Identity, Inspire Youth

Mex Talks will return Sept. 14-24 with a lineup of Mexican and Mexican American artists, thinkers and leaders. "It gives us a space to celebrate our culture and identity."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Greektown Group Working To Protect Businesses After 4 Burglarized

Four restaurants along the 800 block of West Jackson Boulevard were burglarized within hours of each other this week.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

ShotSpotter Alerts Rarely Result In Evidence Of Gun Crime, City Watchdog Says

ShotSpotter is touted by police for its real-time gunshot detection technology, but it has been under scrutiny for months. Previous reports determined it’s too unreliable for routine use.

Citywide

Affordable Housing, Community Hub Coming To 47th Street In Back Of The Yards

The city picked United Yards to revitalize the 47th Street and Ashland Avenue commercial corridor as part of the Invest South/West initiative.

Back of the Yards

Activists Want City To Cut Ties With ShotSpotter — But Chicago Police Already Extended Its Contract Two More Years

The contract, which was set to expire last week, now runs until August 2023.

Citywide

National Museum Of Mexican Art Seeks Photos To Honor Loved Ones Who Died From COVID-19

The museum's Dia de los Muertos ofrenda will be a tribute to people in the United States and Mexico who died from coronavirus.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

‘Anger And Panic’ As Pilsen Landlords Scramble To Appeal Skyrocketing Tax Assessments

About 58 percent of homeowners in the 25th Ward, which includes Pilsen, saw higher property tax bills this year compared to 2020. But more than 93 percent of commercial owners in the ward were hit with tax hikes.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Sterling Bay Breaks Ground On Office Tower Near Ace Hotel After Pandemic Delay

The office building at 345 N. Morgan St. is expected to be finished by summer 2022.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

With Peoples Gas Set To Clean Up Toxic Site In Little Village, Alderman Calls For Soil Sampling Residential Areas

Peoples Gas is set to remediate the toxic parcels of land on its property, but some are calling for the investigation to expand, saying nearby residential may also have contaminated soil.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Starbucks Closing Italian Bakery And Cafe Princi In Fulton Market Next Month

The shop at 1000 W. Randolph Street will close Sept. 3, according to employees.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Illinois Medical District Hosts Job, Resource And Health Fair Thursday

The fair will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m at the Illinois Medical District headquarters, 2100 W. Harrison St.

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