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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

mina@blockclubchi.org

Mourning The Choco Taco? The Treat Lives On At Logan Square’s Lonesome Rose (And It’s An Upgrade From The Original)

Lonesome Rose serves its own version of a Choco Taco with house-made horchata ice cream and a peanut-pretzel crumble.

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Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez, 26th Ward Commiteeperson, Running To Become Humboldt Park Alderperson

Gonzalez Rodriguez's candidacy sets up another possible challenger for veteran Ald. Roberto Maldonado. Popular DJ Julian "Jumpin'" Perez filed to run for the office this spring.

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Fire Rips Through Avondale Apartment Building Thursday, Displacing Residents

No one was injured in the blaze, but it drew a large emergency response to keep firefighters safe amid high temperatures and humidity, fire officials said.

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Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican Flags Are Officially Chicago Landmarks

Community leaders point to Paseo Boricua's towering flags as a powerful symbol of Puerto Rican pride in the face of gentrification, which has driven longtime residents and businesses out of Humboldt Park.

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Festive Collective Moving To Larger Spot, But Will Stay In Logan Square

Owner Angela Wator is leaving the pastel pink Armitage Avenue space after the property owner sold the building this spring. She hopes to reopen on Milwaukee Avenue in September.

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Chicago Approves Landmark Effort To Boost Affordable Housing Near Transit And Stall Gentrification

The ordinance greatly expands the city's transit-oriented development program, which provides incentives for developers building near train stations and certain bus lines.

Citywide

As Alleged Logan Square Trespasser Charged, More Women Come Forward To Report Scary Run-Ins

A woman said a man pounded on her window and drew his fingers across his neck in a throat-slitting gesture three times, pointing at her and saying, "You."

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Colombian Fest Will Bring Live Music, Food And Kids Activities To Humboldt Park This Weekend

The weekend-long celebration of Colombian culture kicks off noon Friday at Division and Mozart streets.

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Hermosa’s Too-Narrow Palmer Street To Become One-Way After Years Of Sideswipes, Crashes

Drivers often barrel down the street, smashing into cars, neighbors say. Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa hopes removing one lane of traffic will cut down on crashes.

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Buzz Coffee Shop Closes After 6 Years In Logan Square: Pandemic ‘Made The Business Unsustainable,’ Owner Says

The Milwaukee Avenue coffee shop suffered a significant drop in sales during the pandemic, one of the owners said. With the cafe closed, the owners are focusing on roasting in Humboldt Park.

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Will Logan Square’s Armitage Avenue Water Main Construction Project Ever End? City Aims For End Of July

A city spokeswoman initially said the months-long project was targeted for completion at the end of June but later said the project will finish by the end of July, if the quarry workers strike permits.

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Veteran Bar Manager Opening Deep Red Wine Merchant In Avondale: ‘I Want Wine To Be Approachable, Accessible And Fun’

Dave Thompson, formerly of Cherry Circle Room, The Map Room and Lula Cafe, is behind Deep Red Wine Merchant, a wine bar and bottle shop coming to Milwaukee Avenue this fall.

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Man Charged In Northwest Side Armed Robberies Admitted To Robbing Walgreens, GameStop, Prosecutors Say

Morris Williams was charged in connection with three armed robberies, but has not been tied to three additional robberies in the area.

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CTA Leaders Vow To Fix Unreliable Service With More Hiring, Improved Train And Bus Tracking

CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. said the agency is "aggressively" working to hire train and bus operators. Meanwhile, frustrated riders are starting their own system to keep track of "ghost" buses and trains.

Citywide

Old Logan Square Blue Line Terminal Still On Track To Become Affordable Housing

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp., the nonprofit developer behind The Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments, has taken over the project and has secured a 99-year lease for the CTA-owned land.

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Logan Square Businesses Hit In String Of Armed Robberies, Police Say

At least four armed robberies have been reported in the neighborhood since July 4, police said in a community alert.

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What FX’s ‘The Bear’ Gets Right (And Wrong) About Chicago

"The Bear" has been racking up rave reviews for its portrayal of Chicago's grit. We asked some experts if the show did the city right.

Citywide

As Support Floods Into Highland Park, Chicagoans Facing Daily Violence Wonder: What About Us?

The July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park shocked the country. In Chicago, there can be multiple mass shootings in one month. “The trauma is real everywhere.”

Citywide

Judson & Moore Distillery, A Family-Run Whiskey Maker, Opens In Avondale After Years Of Work

The distillery is the latest business to join the industrial Rockwell on the River complex home to Metropolitan Brewing and Metropolis Coffee Co.

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Avondale Yard Sale Will Include More Than 60 Households This Weekend

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez's 33rd Ward office and Chicago Handcrafted Market are behind the Saturday event.

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