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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

Guild Row Social Club Drops Cost For Chefs, Artists And Other Creatives ‘Who Give A Damn’

The club's founders are trying to expand their membership base after a tough pandemic year. The sprawling social club has a woodworking shop, industrial kitchen, lounge and more.

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Residents Of West Humboldt Park Encampment Lose Their Belongings In ‘Dehumanizing’ City Sweep

"Just 'cause we're here don't mean we're not human," one resident said. "At least give us the decency enough to grab our stuff before you start just throwing it away."

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The Whistler Reopening With New Cocktail Menu, Live Music After 19-Month Closure

The Logan Square bar is set to reopen Sept. 29. Staff will be checking proof of vaccination at the door.

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After Logan Square Artist Hurt In Crash, Community Steps Up To Help Him ‘Get Back On His Feet’

An artist who goes by the moniker CHema Skandal! is struggling to pay costly medical bills and cover lost wages following the Aug. 22 crash.

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Tired Of Milwaukee Avenue’s Vacant Storefronts, Avondale Group Hosting Open House To Lure Small Businesses

The goal of Saturday's event is to boost business along the corridor, which is seeing a comeback after struggling with vacancies for years.

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Logan Square Neighbors, Artists Unite For Día De los Muertos Installation And Celebration At Comfort Station

The installation will honor people who have died and institutions that have vanished in gentrifying Logan Square.

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Lightfoot’s 2022 Budget Provides Cash Help For Families In Need And Leans On Federal Pandemic Funds To Close Gap

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan includes $635 million for affordable housing and $135 million for violence prevention, among other initiatives.

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Pot Shops Now Allowed In Most Of Downtown After City Council Changes Rules

The old rules saw the city lose out on businesses and tax revenue during the first round of dispensary licensing, Lightfoot's cannabis advisor said.

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Here’s How To Weigh In On Condos Proposed For Vacant Lot In Logan Square

If approved, a nine-unit condo project would replace a vacant lot at 2414-16 N. Sawyer Ave.

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Man Chased Down And Fatally Shot On Milwaukee Avenue In Logan Square Early Friday, Police Say

Part of the incident, which happened around 4 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, was captured on police POD camera, according to an initial report from police.

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Logan Square’s Boulevards Hosting Live Music, Bigger Farmers Market, Circus Classes And More Sunday

Stretches of Logan and Kedzie boulevards will shut down to car traffic Sunday for the fest, the first stop on the city's "Open Boulevards" tour. Similar fests are coming to the South and West sides in October.

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Avondale’s Monarch Thrift Shop Reopening This Weekend In Bigger Digs

The shop, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., will host job training and art shows through its partnership with One Heart One Soul, a nonprofit helping young people experiencing homelessness.

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A Food Truck Park Could Be Coming To City-Owned Lot Near Old Megamall

Under a community-driven proposal, one Logan Square lot would become a public park with a water feature and another would be designated for paleta and empanada carts and food trucks.

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Avondale Business Owners, Artists Are Taking Over Milwaukee Avenue Parking Spaces For One-Day Fest

The free fest is part of the "urbanist holiday" PARK(ing) Day, which encourages people in cities around the world to repurpose parking into active community spaces.

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Logan Square Could Get Huge Grocery Store As Farmer’s Best Market Eyes ‘Black Hole’ On Milwaukee Avenue

The grocery store is planned for the long-vacant CVS site at 2065 N. Milwaukee Ave. Owners hope to open next spring.

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Humboldt Park Festival, ‘A Total Immersion Into Puerto Rican Culture,’ Kicks Off Saturday

The festival will bring live music, carnival rides and free COVID-19 vaccinations to Division Street from noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Affordable Housing And Arts Building A Step Toward Preserving Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican Identity: ‘We Are Not For Gentrification’

After years of planning, a five-story affordable housing complex with a ground-floor theater will soon rise on Division Street.

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Lost Lake Reopens For First Time Since Start Of Pandemic With New Menus, Outdoor Patio

The Lost Lake crew has eliminated tipping and requires all customers to show proof of vaccination.

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Bike Lanes, Other Safety Fixes Coming To Logan Square Intersection Where Two Cyclists Were Killed

The plan comes after years of community leaders, neighbors and transportation advocates fighting for improvements to the notoriously dangerous intersection of Western Avenue and Logan Boulevard.

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Shared Streets Come To Logan And Kedzie Boulevards, Drawing Mixed Reviews From Neighbors

Some say they're unnecessary and unsightly, while others say they're bringing much-needed safety upgrades to the busy roads.

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