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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

Middle Brow’s Festive Winter Bar Opens In Logan Square, With A Spotlight On Hot Cocktails

The Middle Brow crew converted their outdoor patio into The Hot Corner, an enclosed bar serving hot cocktails. It comes complete with cozy blankets.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Illinois Makes It Illegal For Adults To ‘Groom’ Kids As Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks Logan Square School

Faith's Law bans all forms of grooming and boosts protections for abuse survivors. Gov. JB Pritkzer signed it into law Friday amid rampant sex abuse allegations at Marine Leadership Academy.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Traveling Holiday Market With Latin Music And Food Popping Up At Humboldt Park Boathouse Friday

The Destinos al Aire market, set for 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Humboldt Park boathouse, is described as "Christkindlmarket, but with a Latino vibe."

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Pixie & The Boy Home Goods And Gift Shop Opens In Logan Square

Owner Trish Carnevale has decided to strike out on her own on North Milwaukee Avenue, just a few months after opening a shared plant and gift shop with a friend.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Devastated By Sudden Death Of Logan Square’s ‘Buy Nothing’ Group Leader, Neighbors Raise Money For Her Family

Parveen "Angel" Rajper, 33, died earlier this month, her partner Tomas Agapay said. "She was such a fireball ... one of the brightest stars I'd ever known and that I'll ever know."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

CPS Staffer Removed After Sending Anti-Vaccine Email To Parents At Embattled Marine Leadership Academy

In the email, high-ranking staffer Col. Lawrence Kaifesh cited an anti-vaccination campaign out of California. His email went against city and district officials, who have encouraged vaccinations.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

You’re A Cookie, A Gluten-Free Cookie Counter From Trenchermen Pastry Chef, To Open In December

You're A Cookie on California Avenue in Avondale will serve freshly baked cookies, cookie dough, coffee and other treats at its first retail shop after years of being a wholesale business.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Pick Up A Free Tiny Christmas Tree From Parson’s In Logan Square Dec. 11

Neighbors will also get to take photos with Santa Claus and decorate small ornaments at the holiday event, set for 3-7 p.m. Dec 11.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Shop Local 2021: A Logan Square, Humboldt Park And Avondale Holiday Gift Guide

From house plants at Rooted in Avondale to handmade macrame earrings at Mercado del Pueblo in Humboldt Park, Block Club rounded up neighborhood gift options for everyone on your list.

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Adults Groomed Students At Logan Square School — But That’s Not Always Illegal. A New State Bill Could Close The Loophole

Faith's Law would make it illegal for adults to lure children into sexual relationships in person. Staffers at Marine Leadership Academy in Logan Square have been accused of grooming students.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

CPS Promoted Principal Who Allegedly Failed To Report Sexual Abuse At Logan Square School

CPS knew about Erin Galfer's involvement in the Marine Leadership Academy scandal for years, but they kept her on staff and then promoted her to a top position within the district, records show.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Lightfoot Blames Pandemic For Slow Investigation Into Sex Abuse Scandal At Logan Square School

The mayor also defended CPS leaders and the district's inspector general, saying, "CPS had to wait to get more information."

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CPS Knew Of Sex Abuse At Marine Leadership Academy For Years, Staff Says: ‘They Didn’t Do Their Job’

Two school employees who asked not to be named told Block Club sex abuse at the school is pervasive and stretches back to at least 2016, when a video of a school employee and two students engaging in sexual behavior came to light.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Teachers, Staff Sexually Abused And Groomed Students At Logan Square School In ‘Colossal Failure,’ CPS CEO Says

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said there were "not more than a dozen" students who were victims but could not provide a specific number. The investigation began in 2019.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Developers Bringing Latino Cultural Center, Affordable Housing And Mixed-Use Project To West Humboldt Park Sites

The old Pioneer Bank site and the Neighborhood Housing Services lot are being redeveloped under the mayor's Invest South/West initiative.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square Apartment Complex That Replaced Pierre’s Bakery Is Ready For Renters

A 650-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in the building is renting for $1,895 a month, according to real estate listings.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Critics Of Project Logan Apartments Grill Alderman About Campaign Donations From Developer

Ald. Daniel La Spata said he'd refund contributions the developer made "to make sure there is no sense of impropriety" as the 56-unit apartment complex moves through the zoning process.

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Wolfhound Bar And Kitchen Brings Smash Burgers, All-Day Irish Breakfast To Avondale After Long Pandemic Delay

Chicago firefighter Brendan Byrne, who built much of the restaurant himself, said some of the menu was inspired by his Irish heritage.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

The Barracks Boxing Gym Opens At Logan Square-Hermosa Border, Offering Classes For Kids And Adults

It's the first brick-and-mortar business for creative collaborators David Ortiz Jr. and Antonio Beniquez, native Chicagoans who want to build a community around boxing.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

How Did A 72-Pound Carp End Up In Humboldt Park’s Lagoon? Big Catch Could Be From A Decades-Old Mistake, Experts Say

Urban angler Jarrett Knize could break the record for carp in Illinois. The fish may have been accidentally dumped into the lagoon 20 years ago, one expert said.

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