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Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin Residents Displaced In Building Explosion Can Apply For Loans To Cover Damages And Rebuild

Homeowners and renters can apply for loans to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and belongings. A help center opens Thursday morning at the Austin Town Hall Park.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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Looking To Trick-Or-Treat In Chicago? Here’s A Full List Of City-Sponsored ‘Halloweek’ Spots

Halloweek Oct. 22-31 will feature Halloween events across the city for kids and families — including 10,000 bags of Blommer's Chocolate candy and thousands of free costumes.

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West Side Legal Aid Organization Gets $200,000 To Offer More Free Services Across Chicago

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the federal grant for Lawndale Christian Legal Center at a press conference Monday, saying gun violence prevention has to “go beyond the courtroom.”

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago International Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week With Block Party On Lakeview’s Southport Corridor

The festival runs Oct. 12-23. It will screen 92 features and 56 shorts, including programs centered around LGBTQ-, Black- and women-themed stories.


Illinois Is Getting Better At Answering Calls To The Suicide Crisis Line. Will Chicago’s South Side Be Left Behind?

The new 988 suicide prevention line shows promise in Illinois, but questions remain.


The Soul Food Lounge Opening Soon In North Lawndale, Bringing West Siders Sit-Down Southern Food With A Twist

The new restaurant in the MLK Legacy Apartments building signifies a "renaissance" and "revival" in North Lawndale, local leaders and Chef Quentin Love said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

She Makes The Food, He Roasts The Beans: Couple Opens Tasa Coffee Roasters In West Humboldt Park

Jackie and Pierre Marquez started experimenting with coffee at home during the lockdown. Now they own one of the neighborhood's first café and roasters.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Tool Library Finds A New Home On The West Side, Plans To Open There In Early 2023

A co-founder said the space is nearly five times as big as the original location in Bridgeport — and it's perfect for housing more tools and hosting workshops.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

21 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: St. Helen Carnival, Vintage Fall Fest, Oktoberfests And More

The temperatures are dropping, but the city isn't stopping, with fall fests, a night-long performance of Indian classical music, a tool sale and more fun.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Man Charged In Homan Square Police Station Break-In Obtained Bulletproof Vest Before Pointing Guns At Cops, Prosecutors Say

Donald Patrick of Waukegan was charged with multiple felony counts of burglary and aggravated assault on a police officer. A judge said he created a “life-or-death” situation.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Officer Shoots Man Who Broke Into West Side Police Station, Pointed Training Guns At Cops, Brown Says

The man was critically wounded, but the injury is not believed to be life-threatening, an official said. The shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

One Person Dies After Austin Building Explosion, With Blast Caused From Natural Gas, Fire Officials Say

Eight people were hospitalized with injuries from the blast. Among them was Shabron Robinson, 29, who died Thursday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Single-Family Homes Coming To Vacant City-Owned Lots In North Lawndale

The initiative is part of a city partnership with Lawndale community groups to expand affordable homeownership options in the neighborhood. Each home will sell for about $250,000.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin’s Iconic Pink House Isn’t Being Demolished — But It Won’t Be Pink Much Longer

Owners who bought the home last year are remodeling and selling the Austin hallmark. They’re keeping the Victorian facade but nixing its pink-and-white trim for a shade of green.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Fire Training Center Approved By City Council Despite Complaints From Housing Activists

The Chicago Housing Authority vowed to turn the property into housing for former ABLA Homes residents, but it'll likely become a training facility for the pro soccer team instead.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Fire Training Facility Rejected By Zoning Committee — But Alders Will Reconsider Plan Wednesday

The Fire seeks to build the practice facility on the vacant site of the former ABLA Homes. The Chicago Housing Authority vowed to redevelop the property with improved affordable housing in 2007, but it never happened.


Explosion In Austin Injures At Least 8, Partially Collapses Building

A building's windows were blown out, its roof at least partially destroyed and bricks and debris were strewn across the ground, with a car crushed by the debris.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Protest Riot Fest By Holding Their Own Music Fest: ‘Our People Can Do Without Big Festivals’

Residents have for years voiced concerns about the festival being held at Douglass Park — and their frustrations came to a head this summer after a third mega fest moved into the park.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

18 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Riot Fest, Beverly Art Walk And More Fun

The Lakeview Taco Fest, Martini Festival, Edgewater Arts Festival and several Mexican Independence Day celebrations are also on tap.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Lollapalooza, Riot Fest And Other Big Festivals Could Require Chicago Park District Board Approval Under Proposal

Festival operators may need to get Park District board sign-off for special events hosting 10,000 people or more a day in any of Chicago's public parks.

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