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West Side Drumline, Dancers Performing At Lollapalooza: ‘A Lot Of Us Have Talent That Has Yet To Be Discovered’

BandWith Chicago’s WestDance Team and Hope Jr. Drumline will open the Bud Light Seltzer stage at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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A West Side Vacant Lot Has Been Turned Into An Arts Pop-Up With Vendors, Performances And Creative Workshops

Da Lynx pop-up gives local youth a safe place to showcase their art and enjoy workshops and performances in their neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Showtime Puts $500K Toward Vacant Lot Cleanup And Art Installations In North Lawndale, Bronzeville

The money will fund a cleanup of 32 vacant lots in the neighborhoods and support six public art installations that will be created by the Chicago Public Art Group.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Urban Farm, Wellness Center Could Take Over A West Side Hospital Campus That’s Been Unused For Decades

The Mildred Wiley Wellness Hub will have an urban farm, fitness center, cafe and horticulture center that will educate residents on healthy eating and more.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders To Hold March For Peace After 2 Mass Shootings Within Minutes: ‘There’s No Respect For Life’

The community's response to ending violence must continue to be "all hands on deck," one organizer said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

This Couple Spent Lockdown Exploring Their Passion For Coffee. Now, They’re Opening Their Own Cafe

Jackie and Pierre Marquez plan to open Tasa Coffee at 4136 W. North Ave. next year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Council Backs Plan To Turn West Side Bank Building Into Latino Heritage Center, Affordable Housing

The redevelopment of Pioneer Trust & Savings Bank, which has sat vacant for 13 years, would "preserve our cultural identity in that area and repel any symbols of gentrification," the alderman said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Boys & Girls Club Will Be Built On Police Academy Campus After City Council Approval

The plan will bring the West Side a much-needed youth center. But critics said it's inappropriate to build a youth center at the controversial police training facility.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Popular West Side Dessert Shop Is Getting A Sweet Makeover With An Expanded Dining Area, New Facade

Bitoy's Sweet Treats in Austin was awarded a city Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant, which will be used to upgrade the building and customer experience.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

To Combat Crime, West Side Neighborhood Groups Are Trying To Build Community

"The way we think about safety is having a healthy community," said Brittany Spralls, an organizer with the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Teens Create A ‘Safe Zone’ In Austin With Events To Reclaim The Neighborhood From Violence

Neighborhood youth are activating public areas with events and activities to "take back those spaces," an organizer said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Plan To Turn West Side Bank Building Into Affordable Housing And A Latino Heritage Center Moves Forward

The project would involve the Pioneer Trust & Savings Bank building and surrounding lots near North Avenue and Pulaski Road.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

School Safety Without Police: Social Workers, Private Security Considered As Councils Vote To Remove Officers From Campus

At least 22 local school councils have voted this summer to eliminate one or more officers at high schools, while at least 16 voted to keep them.

Citywide

Controversial Plan To Build West Side Youth Center On Police Academy Campus Gets Key City Approval

If approved by the full City Council, the facility would be the first new Boys & Girls Club in decades. The club would be on the same site as the $95 million Joint Public Safety Training Academy.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lawndale Residents Can Sign Up Sunday For Free Tickets To Riot Fest

The music festival is also hosting a job fair so it can hire nearby residents for temporary positions.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lawndale Block Club Convention Aims To Bring Back A Tradition That Helped Residents Feel Safe

The block club convention will share information on city resources that are available to organize a block club. "To create a better model of public safety, we have to have communities and blocks engaged."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

New Police Program Helps People On Drugs Get Substance Use Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

The Narcotics Arrest Diversion program was launched at a West Side police district in 2018. Soon, it'll be citywide. "It has long been obvious that we cannot arrest and jail our way out of this."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Violence Interrupters Working To Bring Hope, Purpose To Young Residents — Before They Pick Up A Gun

Three years ago, the city dedicated less than $1 million to violence prevention. But this year, $36 million is going to violence prevention and related programs, on top of at least $38 million from private organizations.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Unite To Bring More Healthy Food Options To Austin

More than 20 neighborhood groups are working together to end food insecurity and build an urban environment where food is abundant.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Help Send West Side Students To College By Donating Dorm Room Items

Breakthrough Urban Ministries is collecting bedding, furniture and toiletries that college-bound students will need for their dorms this fall.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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