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After 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams Murdered, West Side Leaders Plan To Occupy Blocks To ‘Take The Neighborhood Back’ From Gangs

Project Presence will give local churches, groups and residents the resources they need to host pop-up events to engage at-risk young people and keep crime at bay.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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With Laramie Bank And Silver Shovel Projects On Tap, Forum Invites West Siders To Share How They Want To Develop Their Neighborhoods

The Development Without Displacement community conversation will kick off a three-day event dedicated to supporting the West Side, including a fundraiser and a community resource fair.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Killing Of 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams Must Be A Wake-Up Call To End Gun Violence, Family Says: ‘It’s About Time We Take A Stand’

Jaslyn Adams and her dad were waiting at the McDonald's drive thru Sunday when someone shot them. Jaslyn was killed and her father was wounded.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Grocery Store Is Coming To North Lawndale In Area That Has Struggled With Food Access

Urban Market plans to open in the Ogden Commons development in about two years as a local group works to address the root causes of health disparities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Help Reimagine The Historic Sears Sunken Garden At A Community Design Workshop Series Launching Sunday

The new design of the Sears Sunken Garden will incorporate feedback from residents on how they want the garden to look.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Years Of Disrepair, A West Side Mini-Golf Course Will Soon Reopen As A Bird-Themed Public Art Project

Teens designed the mini-golf course as an educational attraction that will focus on bird wildlife native to the Midwest prairie.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Organization Will Launch Community Health Hub Inside Elementary School: ‘Access Is The Most Important Thing’

By basing health services at Herzl School of Excellence in North Lawndale, parents and students can access needed resources at a place they already go to daily, organizers say.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Douglass Park Renamed, Panel Will Review North Lawndale Monuments — And Propose New Ones — Wednesday

Citing Stephen Douglas' racist past, students successfully rallied to rename a park for Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass last summer. Now, local leaders will rethink old monuments and imagine new ones "that reflect our history for generations to come."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As Divvy Expands On South And West Sides, City Asks Residents: Where Should New Bike-Share Stations Go?

The bike-share program is expanding on the West, Northwest and Southwest sides of the city, from Dunning to West Lawn.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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An Austin Food Pantry Is Expanding To Address Increased Need Brought On By The Pandemic

The food pantry at Circle Urban Ministries will now operate twice a week thanks to a grant from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Group Wants To Turn Vacant Lots Into Community Gardens With Free Fitness Programs

Marcelino Riley, who has competed on "American Ninja Warrior," is raising money to build wellness sanctuaries so residents can grow their own food and work out for free.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Fashion Brand Almost Lost Its Store Because Of The Landlord’s Unpaid Taxes — So It Bought The Building

Fort Maner opened in 2018 and nearly closed a year later when the building was about to be sold after years of unpaid taxes. "We were frightened. We didn't know what was going to happen," one of the co-owners said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Want Longterm COVID-19 Vaccination Site In Austin As City’s Temporary Neighborhood Clinics Close

With coronavirus cases rising, Austin residents are asking where they can get vaccinated locally — but there aren't many appointments available.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Silent Auction Will Raise Money For Free Instruments, Lessons For Budding Young Musicians On The West Side

The Chicago Arts and Music Project is hosting a two-part fundraiser to serve more West Side youth in its free music programs.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Community Plaza Will Have A Cafe, Flower Shop And Mini-Museum All Housed In Refitted Shipping Containers

Organizers are raising money to repurpose the shipping containers, which will help turn a formerly vacant lot into a "place to be."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Pentecostal Church Of Holiness May Soon Become A City Landmark

A city commission unanimously approved recommending Pentecostal Church of Holiness for landmark status. Another city committee and the City Council must vote on it to be final.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Affordable Townhomes Come To East Garfield Park To Offset Rising Housing Costs — And With The Hope Of Bringing Back Working-Class Families

The Harrison Row Townhomes will be held in a covenant to keep the homes affordable for 30 years, a move that aims to prevent more gentrification in the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

What Would A Thriving Madison Street And Pulaski Road Look Like? West Side Groups Launch Plan To Revitalize Corridors

By bringing back critical resources to the commercial corridors, organizers aim to help West Garfield Park residents live longer, healthier lives — and to close the area's death gap.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Children’s Museum Planned At Ogden Commons Will Teach West Side Kids About Health And Wellness

Some of the planned exhibits are a reading corner with books from Black and Latino authors, a pretend pediatrician's office and a play kitchen for kids to learn about healthy eating.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Resident Launches Petition Calling For Removal Of Loretto’s President Amid Vaccine Scandals

The community cannot have faith in Loretto Hospital while President George Miller sits at the helm, said Mary Gardner, who started the petition.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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