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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

Longtime Resident Of Avondale Encampment Shot And Killed: ‘A Compassionate, Good-Hearted Person’

One of Sanchez's longtime friends said he believes the 53-year-old wasn't the intended target of the Dec. 5 shooting.

Crown Liquors Building Owner Planning To Reopen Beloved Bar And Liquor Store, Alderman Says

The news comes months after the bar owners shut down the neighborhood spot because of coronavirus.

Black- And Latina-Owned Atmos Coffee In Humboldt Park Combines Cozy Cafe With Mission To Empower Entrepreneurs

Atmos Coffee Shop is only offering grab-and-go service. But when coronavirus restrictions are lifted, the owners plan to roll out a job readiness program for Black and Latino youths.

Logan Square Coffee Shops Giving Free Coffee To Health Care Workers Through January

The Caffeinate the Caretakers program is slated to end Jan. 31, but neighbors can extend it by donating to the cause online.

Longtime Cook Launching First Restaurant, Bringing Authentic Thai Food To Avondale: ‘I’m So Excited I Cannot Sleep’

Nuttawut Waijorhor is opening his first restaurant at Kedzie Avenue and George Street focused on the traditional food he cooked with his mother growing up in Thailand.

Logan Square Restaurateur With 6 Other Businesses Opens Hot Dog Spot — A Lifeline For Him And His Workers

Mr.'s E's Late Nite is owned by Esam Hani and is his seventh restaurant or bar on the same stretch of Milwaukee Avenue.

Logan Square ‘Downzoning’ Efforts Approved By City Panel Despite Prominent Landlord’s Threats To Sue

The measures were dropped at the city's last Zoning Committee hearing, but they were resurrected at Tuesday's hearing and approved.

Police Looking For Driver Who Seriously Injured Man In Logan Square Hit-And-Run

The hit-and-run happened around 2:50 p.m. Dec. 6 in the 2000 block of North Kedzie Avenue, police said.

As More Artists Leave Kimball Arts Center, Brewery Owner Says Building Still Has ‘A Lot Of Heart And Soul’

Despite concerns the new owners are stripping the longtime arts hub of its identity, one tenant — brewery and restaurant Ørkenoy — is proudly staying put.

You Can Support Logan Square’s Unity Park In Online Auction This Week

Up for auction is original artwork, a Metropolis Coffee gift basket, a set of panniers from Boulevard Bikes, a history tour of Logan Square and much more.

Another Large Apartment Complex Proposed Near California Blue Line In Logan Square

Wilmot Construction is trying to get a zoning change to build a five-story, 56-unit complex at 2934-40 W. Medill St., Ald. Daniel La Spata's office announced Friday.

Lakeview Pantry Expands To Avondale, Will Feed Hundreds More As Need Skyrockets

The distribution center at 2718 W. Roscoe St. will allow the food pantry to serve at least 1,000 more people a month at a time when the need for assistance is up 200 percent.

Logan Square’s Sip Of Hope, Where Baristas Are Mental Health Experts, Inspires New NBC Comedy

"Our work is so inspiring in general, but then to be working ... with these individuals, it's taking it to another level," Sip of Hope founder Jonny Boucher said.

After Fliers For Avondale Apartments Spark Backlash, Developer Returns With Scaled-Back Proposal

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) said the new, condensed proposal is proof that "downzoning" the stretch will lead to more responsible development.

Logan Square Residents, Frustrated By Lagging Postal Service, Fear For Mail Carriers Amid Weeks-Long Delays

In recent months, some residents have waited three weeks for their mail. "I have been really concerned about my carrier," one said.

Logan Square Farmers Market Finds New Winter Home In Avondale

The indoor market will be held at the Rockwell on the River warehouses at 3029-31 N. Rockwell St. beginning Sunday, organizers announced.

Have Food To Donate? Ald. La Spata’s Office Taking Donations For Holiday Dinner Giveaway

Locals can drop off food at the alderman's office through Dec. 19. Organizers are collecting frozen meat, canned vegetables, dinner rolls and more.

Avondale Knitter Launches Online Craft Fair Highlighting Local Artists

All 20 of the participating vendors, selling everything from clay jewelry to novelty soaps based on TV shows, live in or near Avondale.

Trucks Keep Getting Stuck In 606 Underpass — But Help Is On The Way, Alderman’s Office Says

Ald. Daniel La Spata's 1st Ward office is working with the city on potential fixes, like installing a new sign and improving communication with local trucking companies.

Logan Square’s Magical Christmas House Is Back As Late Owner’s Longtime Tradition Lives On

This year's display is particularly meaningful, as the man who created it, Frank Lopez, died last winter.

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