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A Free Arts Center Is Coming To The West Side, Along With Therapeutic Art Programs For Youth

SkyART is looking for youth to join its Project 3rd Space program, which is dedicated to helping teens on the West Side explore career pathways in art.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Hospital Offers Free Screenings Throughout Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Free walk-in cervical cancer screenings are available to West Side women who are uninsured or underinsured.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Legal Group Launching Campaign To Inform Prisoners About Vaccines

"We know the more information individuals have ahead of time ... the more apt they are to make an informed choice about their health care," said Tanya Woods, executive director of the Westside Justice Center.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Virtual MLK Day Celebration Will Honor King’s Legacy Of Unity At West Side Church Where He Preached

"We're uniting together to make sure that we're stronger. That is the purpose of this year," said Rev. Reshorna Fitzpatrick of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Illinois Votes To Stop Jailing People Who Can’t Afford Bail: ‘This Is Not A Just Or Equitable System’

The state Legislature approved the Pretrial Fairness Act, which will end money bond statewide, and other sweeping criminal justice reforms Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Working To Redesign Sears Sunken Garden: ‘Let’s Bring It Back To Its Beautiful State’

The Sunken Gardens are more than a century old. Their redesign will be a walk back in history that will allow residents to envision a new future for their community, organizers said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Are You A West Side Business Owner Who Wants To Upgrade Your Building? A City Grant Can Help You Remodel

The city's Small Business Improvement Fund provides grants businesses can use to pay for building repairs, interior renovations and other construction projects. Businesses in several West Side taxing districts can apply.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

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

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

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.

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