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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

West Side Students Release Black History Month Album Honoring Black Music, Art, Poetry

Youth participants at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services recorded the album in lieu of their annual Black History Month community performances.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Here’s How West Side Residents Can Help Decide What The Old Silver Shovel Dumps Will Become

Six development groups pitched plans for the site Tuesday and Wednesday. The city will now evaluate the proposals, taking into account resident feedback.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Businesses Win $10,000 Grants To Help Recover From Pandemic

The grants were awarded by West Side United, a collaborative of hospitals, residents and organizations working to improve community health by tackling the social conditions that lead to poor outcomes.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Silver Shovel Redevelopment Must Consider Environment, Gentrification, Local Hiring, West Side Residents Say

Six development groups are competing to build on vacant land that was once home to a notorious illegal dumping ground. Three presented to neighbors Tuesday night.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

North Lawndale Opens Vaccination Site To All Adult Residents: ‘It Takes The Guesswork Out Of Who Gets A Shot’

North Lawndale is considered one of the communities most vulnerable to COVID-19, but any area resident can now get vaccinated at a local clinic.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

DePaul Scholarship Program Will Send At Least 2 North Lawndale Students To College For Free

Incoming freshmen from North Lawndale are automatically considered for the scholarship, DePaul administrators said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Could Silver Shovel Site Become Cubs Youth Baseball Center Or Cold Storage? West Siders Can Weigh In On Plans To Revamp Former Dumping Ground

The prominent patch of vacant land was once home to an illegal dumping ground that caused health problems in the community for decades. Now, residents can choose what they want the site to become.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

This West Side Man Was Carjacked Years Ago. Now, He’s Buying Cars For Recent Victims

The man organizing the car giveaways is trying to get donations to buy more cars for people who have been carjacked.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Health Center, Child Care, Affordable Homes Planned To Bring ‘Opportunities For Economic Growth’ To West Side

The project aims to build wealth among legacy West Siders and catalyze other community-driven initiatives in Austin.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Free Heart Screenings Available For Uninsured Patients At West Side Hospital

Loretto Hospital is screening uninsured patients for free to help eliminate health disparities faced by Black people on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Educators Urge Local Families To Enroll Students In Area’s First Gifted Center

The gifted program will create a pipeline for bright students to access selective schools later in life, said Principal Peggy Burnett-Wise.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Fred Hampton’s Childhood Home To Become Community Center To Preserve Black Panther’s Legacy — And Continue Party’s Work

"Judas and the Black Messiah" brought new attention to the family's plight to save the Maywood home, Hampton Jr. said. He also shared his thoughts on the film with Block Club.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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