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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

How Should The Logan Square Skate Park Be Renovated? Weigh In At Town Hall This Week

The skate park committee wants community input as it raises money for renovations, which are expected to cost at least $1.7 million.

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Art Supply Nonprofit The Wasteshed Moving To Bigger Digs Along The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail

The organization has to move out of its Humboldt Park home of five years.

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Boiler Room Employees Say Sudden Closure Was A Shock, Scramble To Find Work

Owner Russ Grant defended the sudden closure, saying he kept the restaurant open as long as he could amid financial struggles.

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Avondale Getting Indoor Farmers Market With More Than 20 Vendors

Green City Market is expanding to Avondale. The first market of the season is Saturday at a Rockwell on the River warehouse.

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‘Holidays On The Square’ Is Back With Deals At Logan Square Shops

Some shop owners are using the weeklong shopping event to collect clothing, food and more for neighbors in need.

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Late-Night Bar From Team Behind The Owl And Estelle’s Could Be Coming To Avondale

Four Entertainment Group wants a late-night liquor license to open a bar in an old auto mechanic shop on Belmont Avenue.

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Life And Death In Chicago’s Most Dangerous Bike Lane

In Chicago’s busiest bike lane along Milwaukee Avenue, there have been 50 reported crashes and three deaths since 2020 as cyclists navigate the city’s patchwork approach to safety.

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Boiler Room Closes, Ending 12-Year Run In Logan Square

A new restaurant will soon replace the popular pizza joint, known for its PB&J special — a slice of pizza, a PBR tall boy and a shot of Jameson.

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Man Charged With Murder After 7-Year-Old Killed Inside Humboldt Park Home

Joseph Serrano, 19, and another person fired shots at rivals, who fired back — and one of the bullets went through the home of Akeem Briscoe, killing the 7-year-old, authorities said.

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Teen Charged After Humboldt Park 7-Year-Old Fatally Shot In His Home

Akeem Briscoe was washing his hands to get ready for dinner when a bullet came through the window in October, police and has family said. A 16-year-old was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the killing.

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Logan Square Fire Leaves 1 Dead, Firefighter Injured Early Tuesday

A man in his 70s died from his injuries, according to WGN. Fire officials told the station the home was in "hoarder conditions," which made battling the blaze difficult.

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Shuga Records Opens Logan Square Shop, Bringing Thousands Of New And Used Records To Armitage Avenue

The record store opened Friday. It's the second outpost of Shuga Records, which also has a Wicker Park location.

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Shop Local 2022: A Logan Square, Humboldt Park And Avondale Gift Guide

Independently owned shops on the Northwest Side offer everything from rare vinyl records and vintage trinkets to insect dissection classes and house plants.

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Get Norwegian Baked Goods And Gifts At Logan Square’s Taste Of Norway This Weekend

The Saturday event is Norwegian church Minnekirken's biggest fundraiser of the year.

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How Can Avondale Be More ‘Livable, Walkable And Resilient’? Weigh In At Community Meetings

A regional planning organization and city planners are seeking community input to craft an all-encompassing neighborhood plan for Avondale.

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Bendición Dry Bar Brings Non-Alcoholic Bottle Shop — And Soon, A Sober Bar — To The Succulent City In Humboldt Park

It's the first physical location for Bendición Dry Bar. Founder Cristina Torres is also hosting sober events at the plant store, melding the two small businesses.

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25 City Council Members Ditch Meeting About City’s Homelessness Crisis

Alderpeople who support the Bring Chicago Home ordinance said they're "profoundly disappointed" by efforts to derail the meeting after Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out against the measure.

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Tenants Booted From Startwork Studios As Landlord M. Fishman Closes Low-Cost Artist Hub In Logan Square

Startwork Studios tenants were recently given 30 days to vacate the premises. "It's kicking out the little people who made the neighborhood what it is," one said.

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35th Ward Residents Can Get Their Catalytic Converters Painted At Deterrence Event This Week

This week’s event is the latest go at the Police Department’s spray-painting strategy, held to cut down on skyrocketing catalytic converter thefts.

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Humboldt Parkers Want City To Tear Down Unauthorized Building Next To Landmarked Museum

Neighbors say the partially built National Puerto Rican Museum of Arts & Culture project blocks views of one of the area's oldest-surviving buildings.

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