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Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

The Deep Freeze Has Lifted, But Chicago Is Still Encased In Ice

Here's a look at what Block Club Chicago photographer Colin Boyle found Monday.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

After 11 Months Of Battling Coronavirus, Hard-Hit Gage Park Gets Vaccination Site: ‘It’s A Game Changer’

Esperanza Health Centers partnered with the Southwest Organizing Project and Gage Park Latinx Council to open an appointment-only vaccination site. “These are the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the entire state."

Gage Park, Brighton Park

Plan To Relocate Dunkin’ Donuts To ‘Treacherous Corner’ Is Met With Pushback From McKinley Park Alderman, Residents

Ald. George Cardenas said the Zoning Board of Appeals “erroneously” listed the project in the wrong ward and approved a special-use permit. Now, he's vowing to block it until he gets more feedback.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Chinatown Mainstay Triple Crown At Risk Of Eviction After Falling Behind On Rent During Pandemic

While all Chicago restaurants have struggled because of the pandemic, Chinatown eateries suffered more dramatically because of racist tropes surrounding the origins of the virus, owners said.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Despite Having High Coronavirus Rates, Some Areas — Like Brighton Park — Left Out Of City’s Vaccine Priority Plan

Community advocates and elected leaders say the city's Protect Chicago Plus plan must include more neighborhoods with high coronavirus infection rates.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Nearly A Year Of Providing Food To Families, Gage Park Mercadito Organizers Say Need Remains: ‘This Is Not Just A COVID Problem’

The Gage Park Latinx Council gave away 3,000 pounds of food within 15 minutes on its first day — and people kept showing up. “I think that speaks volumes to the level of food insecurity our community is seeing."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Funding Available For South Side Business Owners Looking To Make Repairs, Renovations

Small Business Improvement Fund grants of up to $250,000 are available for businesses and industrial facilities in need of façade repairs, interior renovations, accessibility improvements, roofing and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Esperanza Health Centers Opens Coronavirus Vaccination Site In Brighton Park

Esperanza is offering vaccine appointments to patients 65 and older as well as frontline essential workers.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Free Food Available All Month In Gage Park For Families In Need

The Gage Park Latinx Council will provide 12,000 pounds of free food to families in need throughout February.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cook County’s Pilot Program Aims To Boost Metra Electric, Rock Island Ridership By Slashing Fares In Half

Fares have been cut by about 50 percent along the Metra Electric line through Southeast Chicago and Metra's Rock Island line, while Pace's Halsted Street route is receiving service improvements.

Downtown

A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

Citywide

MAT Asphalt Owner Gets $10 Million Tax Break For Completed Building Under Program Meant To Spur Development

Michael Tadin Jr. defended applying for the incentive, saying there would be “no industry in Chicago” without it, as incentives make it attractive to develop in Chicago.

Back of the Yards

Chicago Teachers Will Work Remotely Monday, Defying CPS Orders. If District Locks Them Out, They’ll Strike.

Thousands of CPS teachers were supposed to report to the classroom Monday, but they'll work remotely instead. The decision comes as many have expressed concerns about spreading coronavirus.

Citywide

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Teachers Might Vote This Week To Strike, Sources Say

Union leaders plan to discuss whether teachers might refuse to work in schools but continue working online, which doesn't fit the definition of a traditional strike.

Citywide

Anjanette Young Calls For Police Accountability, Justice For Black Women At Her South Side Church

"I will tell [my story] again today. I will tell it again tomorrow. I will tell it again until no other woman in the city of Chicago is ever treated that way again," Young said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Gage Park Latinx Council Will Award Scholarships To Immigrants So They Can Afford To Apply For DACA Status

The council will cover the $495 filing fee for 30 undocumented immigrants living in Gage Park. The deadline to apply is Friday.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Downtown

Light Snow Coming Thursday Evening, But Not Enough To Accumulate

Snow showers could continue on Friday, which will be cloudy and chilly with an expected high of 34 degrees.

Citywide
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