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A Pandemic Anniversary To Celebrate: This Kenwood Couple Brought Music, Light To Their Block During The Darkest Days Of COVID

Jean-Paul Coffy and Yakini Ajanaku played music on their porch for 105 straight evenings at the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, they'll celebrate a year of their effort to unite neighbors.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Park District’s First Campsite, Trail With Boardwalks Coming To Big Marsh Park After City Council’s Approval

Aldermen approved $1.5 million in TIF funds to build an accessible trail around the Far South Side park's perimeter, camping platforms, picnic pavilions and more at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

South Chicago, East Side

Plan To Crack Down On Home Museums Scrapped After Fierce Opposition From Artists, Historians

Ald. Sophia King said there was a "highly coordinated campaign” against the ordinance, and she criticized Ald. Michele Smith and Mayor Lori Lightfoot for their opposition to it.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Residential Museum Ban Would Be ‘Death Knell’ For South Side Preservation, Black History Museums And Gallery Spaces, Critics Say

If Ald. Sophia King's proposal passes, it would restrict cultural projects at the Emmett Till residence, the Lu and Jorja Palmer mansion, the Phyllis Wheatley Home and other small libraries and gallery spaces.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bronzeville Church That Held Emmett Till’s Funeral Would Become National Historic Site Under Durbin-Duckworth Bill

Mamie Till-Mobley showed the world her son's brutalized body at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Bronzeville. Senators want to preserve the building by placing it in the care of the National Park Service.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Community Center For Health Care, Social Services Opening In Woodlawn ‘To Look At Each One Of Us As A Whole Human’

The Salaam Community Wellness Center's soft opening is this weekend, as its backers gear up to redevelop a block of 67th Street in Woodlawn.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Hyde Park Garden Fair Canceled Again This Year — So Support Your Local Plant Shop, Organizer Says

The fair was canceled for a second year. Organizers are planning a larger fall sale with cool-weather vegetables and fall perennials.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Delays Decision On Permit For Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Southside Recycling twice has applied for a permit to open at 11600 S. Burley Ave. City officials now say they want to assess the environmental effects of the proposed facility and four others already operating at the same site.

South Chicago, East Side

Firefighters, Residents Call On City To Return Fire Truck With Tower Ladder To Southeast Side

A 100-foot tower ladder has been moved to West Pullman. Firefighters at its former home in South Chicago say they're concerned the relocation will slow response times to the high-rises in South Shore and nearby communities.

South Chicago, East Side

57th Street Art Fair Will Be Held In Person This Summer — If The City Allows It

Organizers are optimistic the festival — which has gotten Hyde Parkers "out of hibernation" and into their Chicago summers for decades — can be held in person this year.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Judge Could Temporarily Block Southeast Side Metal Scrapper As Soon As Next Month

The lawsuit filed by Southeast Side residents accuses city officials of "environmental racism" when they issued Southside Recycling the first permit to open in East Side.

South Chicago, East Side

South Chicago Community Gardeners Sharing Food With Neighbors In Need

Residents of South Chicago and South Shore can get free perishable foods every week at the Bush Community Garden of Hope, 8457 S. Buffalo Ave.

South Chicago, East Side

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
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