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Midway, West Lawn
Midway, West Lawn

This South Side Game Shop Got Some Much-Needed Love On Social Media — Only To Be Burglarized Hours Later

Store owner Zodrey Pickens said $15,000-$20,000 worth of goods were stolen from Back In The Game Video Games and Repair, not long after getting a shoutout on Chicago Media Takeout.

Midway, West Lawn

Beefed-Up Forestry Crews Will Help Shift City To Long-Sought ‘Block-By-Block’ Tree Trimming, Hedge Down Backlog, Officials Say

Backlogs of tree trimming requests have piled up, leaving residents waiting as long as one year to have their trees maintained. 


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.


Southwest Side Woman Eats At 367 Hot Dog Stands In Just 5 Weeks To Become Vienna Beef Hot Stand Challenge Winner

The winner visited an average of 10 stands per day to claim the top prize in just five weeks. She'll use part of her prize to help kids and older people through her Park District work.


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!


Renovated Englewood Aldi Reopens Next Week With Larger Food Selection

The 63rd Street store will reopen Oct. 28 with more natural light — and food.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Major Development With 700 Units, Grocery Store And More Could Spark Change On Southwest Side, Alderman Says

Developers are set to get the city's OK for a massive redevelopment of the former LeClaire Courts housing project on the Southwest Side.

Midway, West Lawn

A Secret Society Of Chicago Bakers Meets Every Month — And It’s Keeping Beloved Bakeries Alive

The Bakers Dozen was founded in the 1930s. Its members — beloved bakery owners — meet in secret once per month to sample each other's goods, catch up and help keep their businesses alive.


Some People Think Amazon Lockers In Parks Are Great, Park District Says Amid Uproar

In a news release titled, "What People Are Saying About Amazon Lockers," the Park District highlighted five supporters. Meanwhile, a South Side alderman has joined others in blocking them in her ward.


Amazon Lockers Will Net Park District $137,600 At Most For First Year, Contract Shows

"It is not enough to justify having branding in our parks. It is absolutely not enough," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd) said. "I think this is a slap in the face."

Albany Park

Chicago Style: 40 Photos Of Hot Dogs — And The Stands We Love — To Make You Drool Today

PHOTOS: In Chicago, hot dogs aren't just a meal — they're a work of art.


Coronavirus Vaccination Clinic Opens On Southwest Side

Vaccinations have slowed down, though fewer than 60 percent of Chicagoans are fully vaccinated.

Gage Park, Brighton Park

Chicago’s Ultimate Ice Cream Guide: 100+ Places To Get Soft Serve, Shakes, Paletas And More Across The City

From soft serve to Thai rolled ice cream, mangoneadas and paletas, we've rounded up more than 90 spots with the best chilly sweet treats in Chicago.


A LGBTQ+ Community Center Is Coming To The South Side. Neighbors Say It Needs Collaborative, Local Leadership

Howard Brown Health is planning a South Side health and community center for LGBTQ residents, supported by $15 million in state funding.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Illinois Has A Program to Compensate Victims Of Violent Crimes. Few Applicants Receive Funds

Less than 40 percent of applicants are compensated, but many more never apply in the first place.


Weekend Fireworks Led To Fires, Traumatic Injuries Across Chicago: ‘This Was A More Intense Year’

The city saw 30 building fires, 27 garage fires and 293 rubbish fires Sunday night through Monday morning. Many of those fires "can reasonably be considered to be the result of fireworks activity," fire officials said.


Teen Held Without Bail In Fatal Shooting of 14-Year-Old Girl In Back Of The Yards

Edgar Martinez was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Savanah Quintero, 14, on June 2.

Back of the Yards

Chicago’s Travel Order Has No States In Its Riskier Category For The 1st Time In A Year

That means people can come to Chicago from any other state or territory without having to quarantine or get a negative coronavirus test.


Chicagoans Who Get Vaccinated At City-Run Sites Can Get 5 Free Tickets To Six Flags

The city is bringing COVID vaccinations events to salons, beaches and other spots around the city this week and over Memorial Day weekend.


Get Your Coffee Fix, Help Feed Families In Need: Back Of The Yards Coffee Bean Sales To Benefit Southwest Side Community Group

Back of the Yards Coffee is donating proceeds from its 47th Street blend to the Southwest Collective. The group has fed residents in need through the pandemic.

Back of the Yards
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