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Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

A South Sider Used Basketball To Stop Violence. Now He’s Using His Platform To Promote Mental Health And Vaccines

“Sports is the universal language. I didn’t think when I started this off I’d be launching a mental health campaign. I didn't think I’d be talking about vaccines. Basketball is the foundation.”

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Cops Rarely Pull Over Drivers In Their Own Neighborhoods, Data Shows. Motorists In Black Neighborhoods Aren’t So Lucky

Drivers are least likely to be pulled over on the far Northwest and Southwest sides, where many first responders live. Ald. Nick Sposato said that's because "white people just know how to talk their way out of a ticket."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Can $500 A Month Keep Formerly Incarcerated People From Reoffending? West Side Study Will Test Guaranteed Income

The program is attempting to address the root cause of recidivism by giving formerly incarcerated people the financial stability needed to turn around their lives.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘Still Searching’ Exhibit Aims To Draw Attention To Chicago’s Missing Black Women And Girls

Some of the women have been gone for decades, but their families haven't given up hope. "As long as there are people missing, there will be work to do," the artist said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Send Block Club A Photo Of Your Jack-O’-Lantern And You Can Win $100 And Swag

Submit a photo of your jack-o'-lantern by Tuesday to enter our raffle. Your pumpkin could be highlighted in a Block Club newsletter!

Citywide

West Side Pedestrians Avoid This Busy Intersection, But Public Art And Street Improvements Aim To Make It More Walkable

Streetscape improvements coming to Harrison and Homan will be based on recommendations from a community plan for improving walkability in the Homan Square neighborhood of North Lawndale.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Learn How To Keep Your Condos, Co-ops And Townhomes Thriving At This Weekend’s Shared Ownership Summit

The virtual teach-in, offering resources and tips for successful forms of shared-ownership housing, takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Citywide

Cyclists In Black Neighborhoods Are 8 Times More Likely To Be Ticketed By Cops, New Study Shows

Over 90 percent of tickets are for riding on the sidewalk. But on the South and West sides, where bike infrastructure is lacking, riding can be dangerous — and it's kept cycling from catching on, advocates said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Railroad Could Become A 606-Style Trail — And Lawndale Residents Want It To Bring Art And More To Area

The city plans to turn a 2-mile stretch of the Altenheim railroad into an elevated trail. Residents can weigh in on the plan Thursday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Resource Center Offers Training, Apprenticeships For Construction Careers At O’Hare

A partnership between a neighborhood group and a construction company aims to help West Siders fill the surge of jobs created by the O'Hare modernization project.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin’s Oldest Building Is On Its Way To Becoming A City Landmark

The Seth Warner House is so old it was built before Austin was even part of the city of Chicago.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Walk, Run Or Bike To Garfield Park This Weekend For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday's market is the second-to-last neighborhood market hosted by the Garfield Park Community Council for the year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Meet The Friends Behind Salsa Compañera, Whose Salsa Macha Has Become A Farmers Market Must-Have

Two friends who met at a dinner party launched a salsa brand that's been selling out at the Logan Square Farmers Market.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

George Floyd Murals Find Permanent Home In West Side Vacant Lot Turned Community Garden

The murals, which were painted on plywood from boarded-up storefronts, have been turned into a permanent installation at the Sounding Boards Garden.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Sinai Chicago Partners With Michigan Company To Grow West Side Rehabilitation Center

The partnership with Michigan-based rehabilitation hospital Mary Free Bed will allow Sinai to serve more patients and offer new programs and services.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Partners With Microsoft To Offer Free Tech Courses, Aiming To Give Residents A Pipeline To In-Demand Jobs

The Accelerate program will work with local workforce groups to give 300,000 residents the skills they need to access careers in growing industries.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Some Landlords Keep Their Storefronts Empty For Years — And Get Tax Breaks For It. Business Leaders Want To Change That

Small business advocates want to limit the tax breaks property owners can get on vacant storefronts. On 75th Street, three in five storefronts were vacant as of last year.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

West Side Leads City In Boosting Vaccine Rates. The Key? Meeting Residents Where They’re At, Health Leaders Say

West Side health organizations worked with neighborhood groups, churches, schools and block clubs to educate people about vaccines and overcome people's reservations.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

This West Side Group Is Helping Kids Try Rowing, Rugby, Lacrosse And Chess

The North Lawndale Athletic and Recreation Association is expanding the kinds of sports and activities it offers to give neighborhood youth more options.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Feeding 2 Million People During Pandemic, New Life Centers Opens Food Distribution Hub In Little Village

Another feature of the marketplace and food distribution center will be a large mural spanning one of the building's outside walls. The mural features bright colors and depicts themes of togetherness across racial divides.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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