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Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

West Side Man Honored For Building A Successful Moving Business After Family Tragedy, Incarceration

Deshawn Nelson, 23, started his moving company after realizing how challenging it was to find a job when you have a criminal background. Now, he's giving employment opportunities to others with a rap sheet.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

CPS Student Newspapers Are Struggling To Publish Because Of New Tech Rules, Staffers Say

It's "alarming" how few CPS schools have newspapers — and a new state law and CPS rules are making it hard for even those few to publish, one adviser said.

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FBI Investigating Loretto Hospital’s Vaccination Program As Part Of A Criminal Probe

After Block Club Chicago reported how doses went to ineligible people with ties to hospital administrators, a federal grand jury opened a criminal investigation.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Violence Prevention Programs To Get $50 Million Next Year As Pritzker Calls Gun Violence A Public Health Emergency

The state's violence prevention strategy will focus on youth development, violence prevention, trauma recovery and programs diverting youths from the criminal justice system.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Dorothy Gaters Retires As Illinois’ Winningest High School Hoops Coach — But Her Legacy Continues On The West Side

Dorothy Gaters is a history-making high school basketball coach at Marshall High School. But her legacy isn't just trophies — she taught some of the best women who have played and helped students become coaches.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

5 Spooky Ways To Celebrate Halloween On The West Side

Celebrate Halloween at monster mini-golf, a harvest fest or one of these community events.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Get Spooky With These 27 Halloween And El Día De Los Muertos Events Around Chicago This Weekend

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are packed with trick-or-treating, festivals and more. Here is our roundup of the festivities.

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Aldi Abruptly Closes West Side Grocery Store, Angering Residents Already Living In Food Desert: ‘It’s A Dire Situation’

Residents are calling on Aldi to give its now-vacant building back to the West Garfield Park community to ensure it can be revived as a fresh food resource.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Another Nephew Lost To Gun Violence, Anti-Violence Activist Hosting Humboldt Park Peace March: ‘Innocent Kids Are Dying’

House of Hope Foundation's peace march kicks off 11 a.m. Saturday at Orr Academy High School.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

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!

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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.

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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
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