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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

Manufacturing Center Opens In K-Town, Bringing Jobs And Investment To West Side

The K-Town Business Centre, which opened Monday, is a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and warehouse facility at 4647 W. Polk St.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Hundreds Of Homes To Be Built For Working-Class Families On West Side Vacant Lots: ‘How Do We Create Wealth For People Of Color?’

The mayor announced the city will sell 250 vacant lots for $1 to support the Reclaiming Communities Campaign to promote homeownership.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Entrepreneurs Aim To Recreate ‘Black Wall Street’ With Weekly Pop-Up Market

The weekly market is an effort to jump-start the local economy of the West Side. It is inspired by the historic Black Wall Street in Tusla, Oklahoma.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Vacant Lot Will Soon Become A Roller Rink And Community Plaza

The roller rink will be built along a troubled street in an effort to use public investment and community engagement to deter crime and help revitalize the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Garfield Park Little League Field, Gardens And Field House Getting Overhaul After Council Approves Funding

The improvements to Garfield Park are welcomed by the community. But the park's advisory council said they were left out of the planning.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Garfield Park Getting Nearly $9 Million For Upgrades To Field House, Little League Stadium, Water Gardens

Renovations are long overdue, residents say, but an advisory council was left out of the planning process.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Teens Who Created Austin Harvest Aim To Make It A Year-Round Fresh Market

The teen-led Austin Harvest project has reopened its fresh markets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The youth want to make it available year-round.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Pop Courts Community Plaza Opens On West Side To Jump-Start Soul City Corridor Businesses

The plaza is a reminder people in Austin "deserve everything everyone else has in all these other communities. There's no reason we can't have this."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Doggy Day Care Under Investigation After Dog Dies Of Heat Exhaustion

A Siberian husky named Georgia died under K9 University's care. Former employees and clients say other animals have been harmed due to "negligence" by management.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares

The mayor's declaration follows a report that showed Black Chicagoans suffer massive health disparities rooted in historic inequities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Blame Open-Air Drug Market, Lack Of Jobs After Another Mass Shooting Leaves 5 Wounded

Gun violence has risen sharply since the beginning of the pandemic. West Siders say the wave of crime will only end when young people have access to jobs, resources and programs.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

These 3 Tips From Experts Can Help Keep Your Garden Fresh And Green Through The Drought

Chicago gardeners and urban farmers are struggling to keep their plants happy during dry, warm weather. Here are tips for successful gardening during the drought.


Street Outreach Groups Join Forces In Lawndale To ‘Interrupt Violence Deep In The Trenches’

The collaborative of violence prevention groups is focusing on North Lawndale to scale up street outreach work.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

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

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
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