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Feds Tell Ellis Lakeview Owners: Get A New Property Manager And Fix Filthy Conditions — Or Else

The Kenwood affordable apartment building has failed 15 city inspections during the pandemic, with issues including a broken elevator, mice, roaches and faulty plumbing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Month-Long Hunger Strike To Stop Southeast Side Metal Scrapper Ends Near Lightfoot’s Home — But The Fight Continues

Strikers were joined by more than 100 supporters as they gathered near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home and marched to pressure the city to deny Southside Recycling's bid to open in East Side.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Siblings Fill Up A South Shore Little Free Library To Honor Their Mom’s 95th Birthday

Geraldine "Jerry" Williamson grew up in South Shore. Her children and the Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project filled a free library with books, including mystery novels — Jerry's favorite.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

In Bronzeville, A Push To Preserve Historic Lu Palmer Mansion — And Chicago’s Black Media Legacy

The 133-year-old mansion at 3654 S. King Drive has been vacant for nearly two decades. The Obsidian Collection is ready to buy the home and turn it into a museum, library and archive for Black journalists and content creators.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

With Limited Internet Access, Elderly Chicagoans Struggle To Get Vaccinated — Even With ‘A Village’ Of Relatives Helping Them

Liz King, who lives in South Carolina, said her multi-state struggle to find a vaccination appointment for her elderly loved one left her concerned older Chicagoans are being "discounted, ignored and set aside in the whole vaccination shuffle."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Feds Suspend Investigation Into Approval Of Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

The U.S. EPA's investigation is on pause after federal and state environmental regulators began "informal resolution agreement discussions" last month.

South Chicago, East Side

Hyde Parkers Kick Off Effort To Care For Neighbors With Dementia And Their Support Systems

After securing a national dementia-friendly designation last fall, Hyde Park residents discussed how accessibility options and empathy can improve the quality of life for neighbors with memory loss.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Timuel Black Is 1st Inductee Into Illinois Black Hall Of Fame

Reps. Robin Kelly and Danny Davis joined hall of fame organizers to celebrate Black, the 102-year-old historian and civil rights activist from Chicago's Black Belt.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Promised Police Torture Survivors A Memorial. Nearly 6 Years Later, They’re Still Waiting For Funding

Though the memorial was approved in 2015, former Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration failed to allocate funding before he left office in 2019. Now, organizers are working with the Lightfoot administration to fulfill this promise.

Englewood, Chatham

Though The City Disabled Its Plow Tracker, You Can Still See How Long It Took Trucks To Plow Your Block

Officials pulled the Streets and Sanitation Department's real-time plow truck tracker offline this week, after neighbors complained of delays on social media. But you can still check when plows visited your block — it's just harder to do so.

Citywide

City’s 7 ‘Most Endangered Buildings’ Of 2021 Unveiled By Preservation Chicago

Preservationists revealed their annual list of the seven places and spaces in Chicago they fear may be lost to demolition, development and Mother Nature Wednesday.

Citywide

Nearing Their 4th Week Of A Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Southeast Side Scrapper To City Hall

Breanna Bertacchi, Chuck Stark and Oscar Sanchez will complete their 21st day without food Wednesday, as Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) joined the hunger strike and former Gov. Pat Quinn lent his support.

Downtown

During Record-Breaking Snowfall, Some South Shore Side Streets Went Weeks Without Being Plowed, City Records Show

The city's plow truck tracker showed some blocks in South Shore were not plowed for two weeks. Then officials took the tracker offline and disputed its results.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Says Federal Probe Into East Side Metal Scrapper Permit Has Its ‘Full Support’ Despite Rejecting Prior Discrimination Investigation

City officials have downplayed a civil rights complaint filed by Southeast Siders and rebuffed requests from a federal department to delay Southside Recycling's permit review. Now city lawyers are telling the feds following civil rights laws "is of great importance."

South Chicago, East Side

Feds Asked To Test Air Pollution At Site Of Planned Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Robin Kelly and Jesús "Chuy" García want the feds to test the two recycling facilities operating where Southside Recycling is trying to open.

South Chicago, East Side

South Shore Neighbors Launch Mutual Aid Effort To Shovel Snow, Deliver Food To People In Need

Volunteers are needed to deliver food, answer the South Shore Blizzard Dig-Out hotline and to coordinate snow shoveling.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chase Bank Unveils Community-Focused Branch In Woodlawn With Pop-Up Shops Planned Post-Pandemic

To address longstanding inequitable lending practices, Chase must "stay committed to making sure [it's] educating and empowering" residents of Woodlawn and other disinvested neighborhoods, one community partner said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Shore Artists Can Learn Business Basics Through 12-Week Artisan Collective Academy

Applications for the academy, which aims to build South Shore's art scene by getting creatives acquainted with best business practices, will be accepted online until the course is full.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Aldermen, Students Fast For A Day In Solidarity With Southeast Side Hunger Strikers Trying To Block Metal Scrapper

More than 75 educators joined the one-day fast to block Southside Recycling from opening, too. The initial hunger strikers completed their 12th day without food Monday.

South Chicago, East Side

South Side Nonprofit Giving Teddy Bears, Chocolate To Black Girls While Encouraging Self-Love This Valentine’s Day

After LOV Day on Sunday, the Bronzeville-based nonprofit Ladies of Virtue will donate remaining gift boxes to South and West side schools. Two interviews with Black women entrepreneurs will also be held.

Bronzeville, Near South Side
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