Garfield Park Church Opening Gun Violence Resource Center
New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church's gun violence trauma center offers traditional counseling services as well as music and art therapy plus yoga and meditation.
Austin’s Soul City Corridor Revamp Brings Needed Boost, But Construction Frustrates Business Owners
The massive project includes bike lanes, trash cans, street resurfacing and more. Some business owners have scaled back hours or temporarily closed as construction limits parking and foot traffic.
Blackhawks’ Massive Expansion Of Near West Side Training Facility Approved
After buying land from nearby Rush Hospital, the Blackhawks will add two new ice rinks, community spaces, a parking lot and a new park to its Fifth Third Arena.
As Riot Fest Approaches, West Siders Wait To See If Festival Will Be A Better Neighbor
The Douglass Park event has generated fierce pushback for years, but many support it amid pledges to scale back noise and traffic, better clean up the park and maintain public access.
Austin Kids Pair Up With Firefighters, Police For Fish With A First Responder
The annual community fishing event gives youth and their families the chance to bond with firefighters and police officers.
City Extends Delivery Program To Bring Food To Homebound Austin Neighbors
The pilot program matching 100 neighbors with local pantries for two monthly food deliveries is continuing for another six months, officials said.
Long-Delayed Amazon Warehouse To Open Sept. 27 In West Humboldt Park
The facility was supposed to open in late 2022 but was pushed back, frustrating neighbors eager for the hundreds of promised jobs. One neighbor is suing in a last-ditch effort to block its opening.
Despite Setbacks, A West Side Community Garden And Cat Sanctuary Is Taking Root
Elaine Bell-Quinn has been transforming her dilapidated childhood home into the garden she's always dreamed of, including a safe space for cats and produce for the neighborhood.
Chicago Kids Can Start Signing Up For Neighborhood After-School Choirs
Formerly known as the Chicago Children's Choir, Uniting Voices Chicago encourages children of all ages and backgrounds to participate with sliding scale pay grades.
Momentum Coffee Shop Opens Fifth Location In Austin
The local Black-owned coffee chain chose the West Side youth center BUILD as the location for its newest cafe.
Credit Union Coming To Austin As Much-Needed Financial Resource For West Siders
The Leaders Network Financial Credit Union, expected to open in February, will provide financial counseling and access to capital in an area that's historically been overlooked by banks.
Malcolm X College’s West Side Campus Will Get $9.5 Million Expansion
The Community Center for Teaching and Learning will help the satellite campus welcome up to 2,000 students and boost much-needed education in health fields.
First Look At 2 Proposals For West Garfield Park’s Closed Aldi
The competing projects, Garfield Gather And Westgate, include mixed-use buildings anchored by a grocery store that developers say would revitalize the area after years of disinvestment.
Italian Turkey? New Garfield Park Sandwich Shop Specializes In Twist On Chicago Classic
At KS’Sandwiches, owner Kevin “K-Smoove” Woodard specializes in a sandwich with shaved turkey, garlic mustard cheddar sauce and, of course, a bread roll dipped in au jus.
North Lawndale’s La Antigua Sports Bar And Grill Shut Down By City For Failed Building Inspection
The sports bar, which underwent extensive renovations two years ago, was shut down this month with no timetable on its reopening.
Mayor, Cook County Officials Urge Chicagoans To Apply For Flooding Relief, Watch Out For Scams
Residents and businesses affected by the flooding can receive grants, low-cost loans and other help to cover damages. But the federal agency overseeing relief will never request money or a Social Security number.
West Side Churches Donate $46,000 In Scholarships During Basketball Game
The scholarships were handed out to 44 high school and college students who were born, raised or connected to the city's West Side.
Here’s How West Siders Can Apply For Federal Flood Assistance
The federal funding comes after July's record-breaking storms battered West Side neighborhoods, causing widespread damage to homes and businesses.
Firefest Hip Hop Block Party Returns Saturday For 16th Year
The annual block party, hosted by the Firehouse Community Arts Center of Chicago, will feature food, music, yoga, basketball tournaments, graffiti art, breakdance and footwork dancing and more.
131-Year-Old West Side Women’s Shelter Building Gets Early Landmark Approval
Historic preservationists lobbied to landmark the Victorian property, citing its importance as a safe haven for single women of color for its time.