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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

Youth-Led Campout Near Scene Of Teen’s Murder Aims To Bring Peace, Resources To Stop Gun Violence In Back Of The Yards

The summer peace events are meant to be a “catalyst for young people to put organizers' tools to action, create safe spaces and more importantly create a platform for relationship building in the community.”

Back of the Yards

This Little Village Group Gave Out 20,000 Meals During The Pandemic — And Help Is Still Needed. Here’s How You Can Pitch In.

The Little Village Environmental Organization and Getting Grown Collective got together last year to address food insecurity and get laid-off workers back to work. Now, they hope to keep the program going.

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Teen Held Without Bail In Fatal Shooting of 14-Year-Old Girl In Back Of The Yards

Edgar Martinez was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Savanah Quintero, 14, on June 2.

Back of the Yards

$20.3 Million Fulton Market Streetscape Project Finished After Four Years

The corridor adds more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly features along Fulton between Halsted Street and Ogden Avenue.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Developer’s 19-Story Apartment Tower In Fulton Market Gets City Approval

Months after city officials lifted a ban on housing north of Lake Street, City Council approved LG Development's revised plan for a 19-story, 414-unit apartment building at 210 N. Aberdeen St.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Plant Chicago’s Farmers Market Returns To Back Of The Yards With Locally Grown Produce, Honey And More

The market, which runs through November 14, is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Davis Square Park on the corner of 45th Street and Marshfield Avenue.

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Eden Restaurant Will Reopen This Fall With New Location Along Chicago River In Avondale

Eden is known for its on-site greenhouse, and the new location allows for a larger garden where co-owner and chef Devon Quinn will grow produce for the restaurant.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

New House Music Festival Unveils Full Lineup For Labor Day Weekend Debut At Union Park

CamelPhat, ZHU, Nicole Moudaber and Eric Prydz are scheduled to perform at the Sept. 4-5 festival in Union Park.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Loop Development Boom Continues With Proposed 19-Story, 288-Unit Apartment Building

Rents would start at $1,650 for studio units at 1217 W. Washington Blvd. There would be 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a rooftop deck.

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Developer’s Plan To Replace Office Building With Apartments In Fulton Market Gets Key City Approval

Months after city officials lifted a ban on housing north of Lake Street, the Committee on Zoning approved LG Development's revised plan for a 19-story, 414-unit apartment building at 210 N. Aberdeen St.

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Sleeping Man Carjacked Early Tuesday In West Loop

Three men with a gun told the victim to get out of his car, then they drove away, police said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Pandemic Delays, Jerry Garcia-Inspired Venue In West Loop ‘Moving Forward,’ Owner Says

Plans call for a seated music venue that will feature “broad musical genres in a layout similar to a traditional jazz club.”

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Smooth And Social Roots Cafe Serves Up Healthy Meals, Grocery Delivery To West Siders — With Food Grown On Site

While tending to the two gardens and the cafe, David Edwards hopes he is inspiring others to grow their own food. If not, he's happy to provide it.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Stop Sign Coming To Dangerous West Town Intersection After Fourth-Graders Protest: ‘We Never Feel Safe Crossing The Street’

A group of fourth-graders have fought for a stop sign for months. Their cause intensified after Lincoln Park High School teacher Alan Nunez was killed at the intersection.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Bulldozer Hits Girl, 16, In Little Village

The 16-year-old had "abrasions" to her legs, arms and head, police said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Free Food, COVID Vaccinations And Books Available At Juneteenth Resource Fair Saturday In Pilsen

People also can get help signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at Saturday's fair.

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National Museum Of Mexican Art Gets Record $8 Million Donation From Billionaire MacKenzie Scott

UIC also got a $40 million donation from Scott for first-generation and low-income students.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Pilsen Mural ‘Fierce’ Celebrates LGBTQ Pride On The South, West Sides: ‘We Can’t Keep Running To The North Side … Just To Be Ourselves’

The artist was once beaten for being gay near where the mural now stands. Much has changed, she said — but there's still progress to be made.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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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