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After Years Of Renting, Street Vendors Come Together To Buy Their Own Kitchen: ‘This Is A Treasure’

City rules forbid vendors from preparing food at home or on the street. The kitchen gives them a stable place to prepare tacos, tamales and other goods — and even expand their businesses.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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With Black Culture Week, West Siders Commemorate Juneteenth While Focusing On Wellness And The Ongoing Fight For Equity

The weeklong festival was organized by West Side neighborhood groups and runs through Sunday. "Health and wellness is part of Juneteenth inherently because of what freedom means. It is connected to repair — repair from the harm that has been done and continues to be done."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
7:40 AM CDT

At Least 8,000 Chicago Families Living In Poverty Aren’t Getting Food Assistance, Depository Says. New Program Aims To Find Out Why

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is partnering with neighborhood groups to identify why some families in need aren't getting public benefits. "We really want to take the time to learn the different barriers people face."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Austin Town Hall Farmers Market Returns Thursday With Extended Season, More Vendors

The farmers market at 5610 W. Lake St. is expanding after a strong showing last summer, with more vendors and more market days.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Children’s Choir Kicks Off Summer Of Music, Arts And Outdoor Dining In Austin

The kids' performance is part of a summer-long effort to use public art and performances to spur local tourism and boost businesses.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

With Black People Outside TikTok Channel, West Side Adventurers Show Followers Benefits Of The Great Outdoors

After noticing a lack of Black people on their national park adventures, Chevy Linear and Kameron Stanton started BlackPeopleOutside to encourage more people to explore nature. "It's the outside ... It's for all of us."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Homeowner Is Fighting To Save One Of The Oldest Houses In Austin From Being Demolished

The coach house behind Linda Culver's home has languished. Now she's working with preservationists to save the building, which could be up to 160 years old.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Two Sisters Catering Brings Sweet And Savory Soul Food To Austin’s Budding Soul City Corridor

The restaurant will be part of what Austin community organizers hope will be a revival of Chicago Avenue, making the area a hub for Black culture and history on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Black History Trolley Tour Offers A Taste Of West Side Soul Food — And Its Heritage

Launching Saturday, the Chi-Soul trolley tours will feature tastes from Austin restaurants and stops at West Side historical sites.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Should North Lawndale Lots Become Cosmetology School, Business Incubator, Food Hall Or Hotel? West Siders Can Help Decide

Six developers are competing to build on vacant land along Ogden Avenue as part of the Invest South/West initiative. Here's what's on the table.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Boys & Girls Club Will Open At Controversial Police Academy On West Side. Critics Say It Will ‘Traumatize’ The Kids It Aims To Help

Youth organizers think the center's location at the policy training campus is an attempt to make the "Cop Academy" more palatable to critics.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Banning Black Hairstyles Soon Won’t Be Allowed In Illinois Schools Thanks To West Side Mom’s Fight

The Jett Hawkins Law is named for the 4-year-old boy whose West Side school banned him from wearing braids. It'll soon head to the governor's desk to sign.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Group Is Hosting A Summit To Help Prevent Violence Over Memorial Day Weekend

The summit is aimed at building relationships and connecting residents with the resources they need to build a safe community.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side’s Pentecostal Church Of Holiness Is Now A Chicago Landmark

The landmark designation recognizes the cultural significance of the 90-year-old church and its historical architecture.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Adam Toledo’s Family Launches Nonprofit Farm To Give At-Risk Boys A Safe Haven From The Streets

The 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in March. Toledo's family debuted Adam's Place on what would've been his 14th birthday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Organizers Battled To Block A $95 Million Police Training Academy. Now They’re Sharing What They Learned To Help Other Activists

The No Cop Academy toolkit aims to show other young organizers how they can take collective action on issues impacting their communities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side’s Pentecostal Church Of Holiness Could Become A Chicago Landmark Wednesday

The 90-year-old church is recognized for its Romanesque Revival architecture and its role as a pillar of K-Town in North Lawndale.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lightfoot’s Plan For Police Oversight Released As Battle Brews Over Her Proposal And Aldermen-Backed ‘United Proposal’

Lightfoot's plan and the United Proposal differ in several ways — chief among them being that Lightfoot and future mayors would pick the police superintendent under her proposal.

Citywide

‘People’s Ordinance’ For Civilian Police Oversight Plan Set For City Council Committee Vote As Advocates Blast Lightfoot, Await Her Counterproposal

As a broadly popular oversight ordinance inches closer toward a vote, advocates criticized Lightfoot's failure to follow through on her promise to deliver a civilian police oversight commission within her first 100 days.

Citywide

Vacant West Side Lot Could Become A Hotel, Cosmetology School, Business Incubator Or Food Hall

Residents will soon be able to give feedback on the plans for 3400 W. Ogden Ave. as part of the city-led INVEST South/West program.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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