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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

All 4 Boys Injured In A West Humboldt Park Fire Have Died, Officials Say: ‘These Are Our Babies From The Neighborhood’

Dozens of neighbors gathered for a vigil Wednesday in honor of Axel, Aiden and Jayden Cruz, and Angel Rodriguez, who died this week after officials say they were trapped inside their basement apartment when it caught fire.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Quality Time Opens In Logan Square With Craft Cocktails, Tamales From The Tamale Guy

Claudio Velez — The Tamale Guy — has a permanent residency at the new Logan Square bar, located on Diversey Avenue in the former Son of a Butcher space.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

3 Boys Killed In West Humboldt Park Fire Were Trapped In Basement With ‘Only One Way Out’: Officials

The boys' mother, who suffered burns, managed to escape through a window, but the boys were stuck in the apartment, inhaling deadly smoke, said a Fire Department spokesman.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Humboldt Park ‘Sanctuary’ Botanica Victoria Reopens After 2-Year Pandemic Closure With A New Look

Owner Rosalinda Taufique almost died from COVID-19 in 2020. Now, Taufique is back doing what she loves: selling herbal remedies and religious figurines out of her Humboldt Park shop, thanks to her daughter.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Delia Ramirez Wins 3rd District Primary To Represent New Majority Latino Seat In Congress

Ramirez, a state rep, beat out Chicago Ald. Gilbert Villegas and others to become the Democratic nominee for the newly-drawn 3rd congressional district seat, according to unofficial returns.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

3 Children Have Now Died From West Humboldt Park Fire: ‘This Is A Tragedy For Our Community’

Jayden Cruz, 6, and Angel Rodriguez, 11, died of their injuries Monday, officials confirmed. Axel Cruz, 4, died early Sunday morning.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Avondale Leaders Blast City For ‘Rushing’ Redevelopment Of Belmont Triangle

Members of Palenque LSNA and State Rep. Will Guzzardi are urging the city to gather more community input before putting out a bid for developers. "You don't see a lot of this size getting redeveloped very often."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

With Roe V. Wade Overturned, Illinois And Chicago Leaders Mobilize To Protect Abortion Rights

Local officials have pledged that Chicago and Illinois will remain a "haven" where people can access abortions and other forms of reproductive health care.

Citywide

Frustrating, Months-Long Armitage Avenue Water Main Project In Logan Square Could Finally End Next Week

A stretch of the road has been one-way traffic since January, reducing foot traffic to local businesses and creating dangerous situations from frustrated drivers.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

As Complaints Of Late Trains And Missing Buses Mount, City Officials Call For Hearing On ‘Deteriorated’ CTA Service

On the Blue Line, the CTA is only running 50-55 percent of its scheduled trains. "People are no longer able to trust that this vital public service going to get them where they need to go on time," Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said.

Citywide

This Weekend In Logan Square: Palmer Square Art Fair, Neighborhood Yard Sale And Music Fest

The Logan Square Arts Festival and an art fair in Palmer Square are among this weekend's events.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square Neighbors Fundraising For Single Mom Being Evicted From Apartment

The Beltran family received a final eviction notice this month after battling with their landlord for months over poor conditions in their apartment. A fundraiser will help them move to a new apartment.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Mobile Makers Launches Low-Cost Architecture, Design Workshops For Kids Of Color At Kimball Arts Center

The nonprofit got its start doing pop-ups to bring educational programs to kids all over the city. Now, it will be able to expand its work from its Humboldt Park home, the founder said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

2 Longtime CPS Librarians Fought Against Cuts For Years. Then They Were Fired: ‘The System Punishes The Loudest Voices’

Leslie Westerberg of Nixon Elementary and Nora Wiltse of Coonley Elementary are devastated their jobs were eliminated and worry their schools' libraries will sit empty next school year.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Bernie Sanders Will Be In Humboldt Park This Weekend

The Vermont senator is hosting a rally in support of congressional candidate state Rep. Delia Ramirez on Saturday morning.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

California Blue Line Station Could Get Elevators, Wider Platforms In $36 Million Overhaul

The CTA wants to improve accessibility at the Logan Square station, which was originally built in 1895 and lacks features that many other "L" stations have.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

‘We, Women’ Bloomingdale Trail Photo Exhibit Highlights Women And Nonbinary Photographers

The exhibit's grand opening is Saturday with an afternoon of programs, including a talk with Chicago photographer Tonika Johnson, whose work is included in the show.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Avondale Mural Honoring 3 Firefighters Killed In 1985 Arson Will Be Restored

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is teaming up with the city to restore the deteriorating Fireman's Memorial Park mural, which was painted in the mid-'80s after the devastating blaze.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Protected Bike Lanes, Curb Extensions And More Upgrades Coming To Avondale’s Belmont Avenue

A complete overhaul of Milwaukee Avenue — a project that has been in the works for 15 years and includes the much-anticipated redesign of the Logan Square traffic circle — also is inching forward, city officials said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

About 70 Cars Were Towed From Humboldt Park During Puerto Rican Parade And Festival, Frustrating Attendees

Cars were towed and drivers were ticketed as thousands celebrated within the park and throughout Humboldt Park all weekend long.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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