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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

Are You An Out-Of-Work Restaurant Or Bar Worker? Southern Smoke’s $4 Million Relief Fund Can Help

Despite launching in August, Southern Smoke Foundation leaders say they still have $3.6 million to help restaurant and bar industry workers in Cook County.

Little Village Coronavirus Testing Site Moved To Douglass Park

The city ended testing at Saucedo Scholastic Academy on Wednesday.

2 Wounded In Pilsen Shootings Over New Year’s Weekend

Most recently, a man was shot and seriously wounded Saturday in the 1700 block of South Paulina Street.

West Loop Bar And Liquor Store 1340 Beer Wine Spirits Permanently Closing Thursday

The liquor shop and bar will close 9 p.m. Wednesday, owners announced in an emailed newsletter.

As Chicagoans Continue To Face Hunger In Pandemic, New Little Village Food Pantry Aims To Help: ‘The Need Is Massive’

With the help of partners and donors, New Life Centers bought the building on the corner of Lawndale Avenue and 27th Street to make way for a food pantry. It will be named El Mercado.

Developer Aims To Convert Vacant Lot To Commercial Building In East Pilsen

The project would include 176 parking spaces, according to paperwork filed with the city.

Chicago Is Experiencing The Biggest Hunger Crisis In Decades Because Of Coronavirus — And The Recovery Could Take Years

Hundreds of people lined up for a Christmas meal Tuesday in Little Village, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by coronavirus. Local food pantries are their lifeline: "It's a big help."

Little Village Bar Debuts Outdoor ‘Block Party’ Pods, Part Of City-Backed Effort To Continue Outdoor Dining

The cube-shaped pods at Osito's Tap were one of the winning designs from a citywide competition that asked people to come up with ways restaurants and bars could continue to serve people outdoors.

Little Village Kids Can Get Free Gifts Tuesday

An alderman and neighborhood groups will give away toys 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave.

West Loop Parking Garage Pitched By Plumbers Union Lands Key City Approval

Union representatives say the parking garage would be used by union members and would be open to the public in a rapidly developing area where neighbors demand more parking options.

City Council Approves Pilsen Nonprofit’s Affordable Apartment Building

The project, dubbed Casa Durango, is an extension of another project. Combined, they will add 53 affordable units to the neighborhood.

Google Employees Will Keep Working From Home Until At Least Fall Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The tech giant's Midwest headquarters is in Fulton Market. When offices reopen, Google plans to adopt a “flexible workweek” with employees working from the office three days a week.

Fran’s Beef In Pilsen Set To Close After More Than 25 Years

"While we would have loved to stay in this community for another 25 years, our lease has ended,” the owners said in a note.

Free Coronavirus Testing Coming To South Shore Wednesday

The free testing site is coming to Parkside Elementary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6938 S. East End Ave.

3 Weeks After Deadly Hit-And-Run, Little Village Family Still Seeking Answers: ‘We Have No Support’

The family, along with a community organizer, is offering $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who killed Eliseo Mendoza last month.

Love Fridge Brings Produce, Fresh Food To Newest Site In Pilsen: ‘Food Is A Right, Not A Privilege’

Volunteers have worked since the summer to bring 20 refrigerators with free food to communities across Chicago to help people facing food insecurity.

Man, 30, Seriously Wounded In Pilsen Shooting Early Sunday

At 6:30 a.m., a woman was driving in the 2100 block of South Hoyne Avenue when she heard shots and her passenger felt pain. He was shot in his head, police said.

Developer Looks To Bring Micro Hotel To Fulton Market

The plan would include the preservation of a neighboring building and convert it into an office building.

Little Village Kids Can Get Free Gifts From Santa And The Grinch Saturday

Instituto del Progreso Latino and JP Morgan Chase will give toys to children ages 4-12 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the nonprofit's headquarters, 2520 S. Western Ave.

Richard’s Bar Is Open For Business, And ‘Will Not Comply’ If City Tries To Close It, Sign Declares

Despite a statewide ban on indoor dining and drinking, Richard's Bar continues to serve people inside in the River West bar as a second wave of coronavirus grips Chicago.

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