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Cubs Baseball Academy Doesn’t Make The Cut To Redevelop Silver Shovel Dumps. Here Are The Finalists

Four plans to overhaul the Silver Shovel dumps are moving to the next phase of city and community review.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Year Of Pandemic, West Side Health Collaborative Credits ‘Power Of Partnership’ To Battle Health Disparities

West Side United, led by a partnership of six hospitals, is working to close the life expectancy gap between Black and white Chicagoans. But when COVID hit, it pivoted to tackle those unique challenges, too.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Group Breaks Ground On Affordable Houses That Will ‘Create Wealth For People Of Color’

The two homes will help Lawndale Christian Development Corporation create a scaleable model for building 1,000 affordable homes on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Trash Cans Installed On West Side To Reduce Littering: ‘It’s Our Civic Duty To Keep Our Neighborhoods Clean’

West Side residents have been asking the city for public trash cans for years: "Why don't we have garbage cans? Everybody else does."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Say Plenty Of Locals Could Have Used Loretto’s Vaccine Doses: ‘[We] Can’t Get Them Because They’re Being Shipped To Other Places’

There is a high demand for vaccines on the West Side, where the pandemic took a devastating toll. But some of Loretto Hospital's vaccines were administered to well-connected people outside the community.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Neighborhood Leader Honored For ‘Dedication To Empowering And Uplifting The African American Community’

Claude Robinson of UCAN was awarded the Donald Stewart Fellowship from the African American Legacy Fund and the Chicago Community Trust.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After West Side School Forces 4-Year-Old To Remove His Braids, Parents Ask: Why Are We Policing Black Children’s Hair?

Providence St. Mel has a longstanding dress code limiting the way children can wear their hair, which Black parents say punishes kids for their natural hair texture.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Looking Forward To Blues Museum, Laramie Bank Overhaul — But Local Groups Want More Input Moving Forward

Neighborhood leaders said the city's selection process lacked enough input from the community and was too rushed to allow local groups to participate.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Governor Signs $150 Million Plan To Improve ‘Disparities And Inequities In Health Care’

The plan invites hospitals and social services addressing underlying causes of health disparities to apply for state funding. The deadline for the first round of funding is April 9.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Celebrate Birthdays By Raising Money For Community Stimulus: ‘Everybody Should Receive Gifts’

Organizers are giving away gift cards at their weekly food giveaway, Soup for the Soul, at Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. Here's how you can donate.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

All Adult Residents Of Austin, Garfield Park And North Lawndale Can Get Vaccinated. Here’s How To Sign Up

The community-based vaccinations intend to make it easier for residents in hard-hit neighborhoods to get shots.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Dead Fish Are Piling Up In Chicago’s Ponds And Lagoons. Here’s What’s Going On

Temperature swings and heavy snow contributed to the fish die-off at the city's ponds and lagoons, according to Park District officials and freshwater biologists.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Can Public Art Make A Busy West Side Street More Pedestrian-Friendly? Some Artists Think So

The art installation builds off a walkability study conducted by residents that suggested several improvements to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Landmark Will Be Redeveloped Into A Museum, Cafe And Business Incubator

The city chose the project to give new life to Austin's Laramie State Bank as part of the INVEST South/West initiative. Plans also call for housing to be built nearby.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Organizers Turn Looted Office Into Pilot For West Side Black History Museum

"We were trying to understand the mindset of why this would happen," said Ralph Hopkins. "We attribute it to a lack of understanding exactly who we are as a people, our culture."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Hospital Offers Free Colon Cancer Screenings, Pap Smears For Uninsured Residents

The free health screenings are available for West Siders who are uninsured and underinsured throughout March.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Wintrust Bank Opens In West Side Neighborhood With Only 1 Other Bank: ‘It’s About Equity’

The Wintrust Bank opened inside the job training and work readiness campus being developed by the North Lawndale Employment Network on Homan Avenue.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lawndale Christian Legal Center Receives National Recognition For Criminal Justice Work On West Side

The legal aid clinic helped establish the state's first Restorative Justice Community Court, and the re-arrest rates for its clients are a fraction of the national average.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Young West Siders Needed To Help Make Map Of North Lawndale Community Gardens, Pop-Up Museum

Youths will work with an artist to design a map that will showcase and link community gathering spaces in the neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

The West Side’s Cocoa Chili Restaurant Is An ‘Educational Foodie Experience’ Geared For Social Change

Head Chef Niquenya Collins uses her Afro-Caribbean soul food to bring people to the table and connect West Siders with the resources they need to succeed.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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