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Food Pantry Works With Block Clubs To Deliver Groceries To West Side Seniors

The food pantry is using the relationship-driven model of the block club program organized by I AM ABLE to deliver groceries to seniors in need.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

People In Jails, Prisons Will Be Vaccinated In Next Phase, State Confirms After Advocates’ Push

Dozens of groups demanded the state act more quickly to protect prisoners and detainees, who now are in line to be vaccinated in the second round of immunizations. The policy change is "a major victory," an advocate said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Side Apartment Building Bans Visitors, Leaving Moms With No Child Care: ‘My Kids Can’t Come To Work With Me’

Armed security guards tasked with enforcing the building's coronavirus rules pulled a gun on one visitor, a tenant said. Housing organizers say the lockdown is illegal.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Have Questions About The Coronavirus Vaccine? Ask Away At West Side Hospital’s Virtual Town Hall

A panel will answer questions about the vaccine trials and empower residents with the information they need to make a decision on getting vaccinated.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Churches Offer Coronavirus Testing: ‘We Have To Meet The Community Where They Are’

Rush University Medical Center is coordinating the testing in partnership with a church network that helps address health inequities on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As Coronavirus Cases Surge In Illinois Prisons, Families And Advocates Demand More Action From State Leaders

COVID-19 infections in state prisons have surged far higher than during previous spikes. More than 11,000 inmates and staff have contracted coronavirus this year.

Citywide

Black-Owned Grocery Store Coming To Austin After Save A Lot Closes In West Side Food Desert

Forty Acres Fresh Market is expected to expand its pop-ups and delivery service into a full-service brick-and-mortar location at 5713 W. Chicago Ave.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Some West Siders Skeptical Of Coronavirus Vaccines, But City Hopes To Earn Their Trust With An Equitable Distribution Plan

The legacy of medical studies like the Tuskegee experiment and disparities in health care loom large as some Black West Siders weigh getting a coronavirus vaccine.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Window Displays On Mag Mile Showcase ‘Richness Of Our Culture’

The window decorations draw attention to community-driven projects Austin residents are doing to improve their neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Neighbors Light Up West Side Boulevard To Let Community Know ‘They’re Cared About’

The holiday light show spanned the length of Douglas Boulevard, the first time the street has been fully decorated.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Shroomery Brings Specialty Mushrooms To Chicago’s Food Scene

"If you're lucky you can find these if you go foraging ... but most people definitely will never have bought these in the supermarket or at a restaurant before," said Guy Furman, Windy City Mushroom's founder.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Supermarket Chain Save A Lot Criticized For Closing Grocery Store In West Side Food Desert: ‘It’s Going To Be Rough’

Save A Lot representatives did not offer an explanation for why it is closing its Austin location, frustrating elected officials who said the company could have asked for help.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Police Say Cops Need Longer Than An Hour To Give Detained People A Phone Call — But Aldermen Say It’s Time For Accountability

Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office rejected a plan to require police give detainees a phone call within an hour, saying officers need a vague, "reasonable" amount of time.

Citywide

Pritzker Foundation Donates $10M To Discovery Partners Institute To Bring More Women, Minorities Into Tech

The talent center would be based at the University of Illinois-led tech hub, which is being built at the site of The 78.

Downtown

Despite Pandemic, Santa Mike Continues 50-Year Holiday Tradition Of Helping Children, Seniors

Santa Mike has organized holiday events for people who are homeless, the elderly and children for 50 years. Though events had to be canceled this year, he is still spreading holiday cheer.

Citywide

Lightfoot ‘Completely Guts’ Proposal To Ensure People In Police Custody Get A Prompt Phone Call, Frustrated Aldermen Say

Advocates want city law to guarantee a person gets to make a phone call within one hour of being arrested. The mayor's version gives police more discretion. "They are playing games with people's lives and people's liberties," one alderman said.

Citywide

Massive Fire Engulfs West Side Warehouse

By 10:30 a.m., the North Lawndale blaze had been elevated to a four-alarm fire.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Hospital Joins Effort To Include More Black, Latino Chicagoans In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Black Chicagoans have seen the most deaths from COVID-19. A vaccine must be tested on a diverse group of people to make sure it will protect communities most vulnerable to the disease, West Side leaders say.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Portrait Series Unveils Public Art Installations: ‘It’s A Story Of Redemption’

Lawndale: A Living History is a photography and oral history series that highlights the stories of West Side elders, who are the stewards of their neighborhood's history.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Siblings Giving Out Winter Care Packages To Families In Need For The Holidays

The sibling-run West Side nonprofit is giving out hot meals, groceries, winter clothes, holiday gifts and other resources. They are accepting donated items to help the cause.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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