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West Side Pedestrians Avoid This Busy Intersection, But Public Art And Street Improvements Aim To Make It More Walkable

Streetscape improvements coming to Harrison and Homan will be based on recommendations from a community plan for improving walkability in the Homan Square neighborhood of North Lawndale.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Cyclists In Black Neighborhoods Are 8 Times More Likely To Be Ticketed By Cops, New Study Shows

Over 90 percent of tickets are for riding on the sidewalk. But on the South and West sides, where bike infrastructure is lacking, riding can be dangerous — and it's kept cycling from catching on, advocates said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Railroad Could Become A 606-Style Trail — And Lawndale Residents Want It To Bring Art And More To Area

The city plans to turn a 2-mile stretch of the Altenheim railroad into an elevated trail. Residents can weigh in on the plan Thursday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Resource Center Offers Training, Apprenticeships For Construction Careers At O’Hare

A partnership between a neighborhood group and a construction company aims to help West Siders fill the surge of jobs created by the O'Hare modernization project.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin’s Oldest Building Is On Its Way To Becoming A City Landmark

The Seth Warner House is so old it was built before Austin was even part of the city of Chicago.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

George Floyd Murals Find Permanent Home In West Side Vacant Lot Turned Community Garden

The murals, which were painted on plywood from boarded-up storefronts, have been turned into a permanent installation at the Sounding Boards Garden.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Sinai Chicago Partners With Michigan Company To Grow West Side Rehabilitation Center

The partnership with Michigan-based rehabilitation hospital Mary Free Bed will allow Sinai to serve more patients and offer new programs and services.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Partners With Microsoft To Offer Free Tech Courses, Aiming To Give Residents A Pipeline To In-Demand Jobs

The Accelerate program will work with local workforce groups to give 300,000 residents the skills they need to access careers in growing industries.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Leads City In Boosting Vaccine Rates. The Key? Meeting Residents Where They’re At, Health Leaders Say

West Side health organizations worked with neighborhood groups, churches, schools and block clubs to educate people about vaccines and overcome people's reservations.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

This West Side Group Is Helping Kids Try Rowing, Rugby, Lacrosse And Chess

The North Lawndale Athletic and Recreation Association is expanding the kinds of sports and activities it offers to give neighborhood youth more options.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Parents, Teachers Want West Side School Shut Down After Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘We Will No Longer Accept No Plan’

Several people at Jensen Elementary School tested positive for coronavirus, and more than 200 people have been exposed.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Avenue Upgrades Will Include Better Lighting, Public Seating To Bring Soul City Corridor To Life

Building on community-led plans, the city's transportation department is giving one of North Austin's main economic hubs a makeover.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Garden Is Designed To Help Youth Heal From Trauma: ‘A Garden Is A Friend You Can Visit Anytime’

The garden will support the therapeutic services offered by UCAN, a West Side social service organization with a program to help young people heal from trauma.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Affordable Two-Flats Coming To 11 Vacant Lots On The West Side

The homes will be built in the 1200 block of South Troy Street. Each lot cost the developer just $1 through the City Lots for Working Families program, which is aimed at keeping housing costs low for families who will eventually buy the homes.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Is Over, But Douglass Park Neighbors Say They Won’t Be Able To Use The Park For Weeks Due To Cleanup

Half of Douglass Park closes during music festival season, keeping sports teams and families out of the area's main park. While some neighbors are frustrated, others say it's worth the economic boost.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Sinai Chicago Offers Free Rides To Patients In Effort To Remove Barriers To Health Access

Patients can now get free transportation services to any appointment within the health system.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Concertgoers Can Get Vaccinated At The Medical Tent All Weekend

Vaccines will be available 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the medical tent near the Douglass Park entrance at Ogden Avenue and Sacramento Boulevard.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Community Garden Will Become Art Installation For Chicago Architecture Biennial, Showing The Potential Of Vacant Urban Spaces

The projects in this year's expo are meant to inspire people to radically reimagine the possibilities of what could exist in open and public spaces, especially on the thousands of vacant lots around the city.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As West Side Vaccination Rates Lag, Austin Community Center Hopes To Make Shots More Appealing, Accessible To Residents

The outreach program is funded by a grant to improved vaccination rates among Chicagoans of color. Less than half of Black and Latino residents are vaccinated, data shows.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Youth Center Plans Lessons To Honor Its Namesake — A Girl Killed In 1963 Bombing Of Black Birmingham Church

The Carole Robertson Centers for Learning will host activities and lessons to teach students about the girls killed in the bombing by the Ku Klux Klan to recognize the anniversary of the attack.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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