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Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Poppin’ Chuck, A South Side Dancer Who Has Taught Kids To Pop And Lock For Decades, Snags Grant To Expand His Work

“The elders are still getting down and showing the kids how to do it,” Charles Bledsoe said. “We’re showing the younger people that you can be 50 years old and still dance."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Little Village Businesses And Neighbors Are Honoring Lost Loved Ones Through Art This Weekend

The Little Village Arts Fest and Recorrido de Ofrendas is returning with an altar walk, art installations, performances and more.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

PAWS Chicago Has Rescued Thousands Of Pets From Euthanasia. New Animal Hospital Will Help It Save Even More

“How we treat our most vulnerable, including our animals, is a reflection of who we are as a city,” Ald. Michael D. Rodriguez (22nd) said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago’s Gun Violence Victims Remembered At El Día De Los Muertos Memorial As Their Parents Vow To Seek Justice

"I miss my son every day, but I made a promise to him as he laid in that bed with no life," one mother said. "I told him I would be his voice until God took my life from me."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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.

Citywide

Pilsen Corner Store Owner Hermila Alvarez, Remembered As ‘A Heroine In The Neighborhood,’ Dies Of Cancer

The 50-year Pilsen resident was a mother and honorary "abuelita" to many, a beacon of hope for inmates and an advocate for single mothers.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Pilsen Steps Up Again To Help Ailing Paletero, Whose Plight Sheds Light On Struggles Aging Immigrants Face

A GoFundMe for Don Ananías Ocampo aims to help him recover after surgery and find more reliable housing.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

PAWS Chicago Unveiling Expanded Medical Center In Little Village: ‘Every Single Pet That Can Be Saved Is Saved’

The 30,000-square-foot center is now able to hospitalize 200 cats and dogs on any given day. It'll also provide low-cost medical care to pets in the community.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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.

Citywide

South Side Groups Team Up For El Día De Los Muertos To Feed Pilsen Families

For every four runners who signed up for Sunday's 5K, the Grocery Run Club and Pilsen Food Pantry will give a local family a week's worth of groceries.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Parlor Pizza Locations Shut Down As Cops Raid Popular Restaurants

Chicago police were seen inside all three Parlor Pizza locations Wednesday. They said they're helping a state agency with an investigation.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

El Día De Los Muertos Procession In Little Village Remembers Marc Nevarez And Others Killed By Chicago Police

The group marched down 26th Street to the site where a police officer killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo in March.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Pilsen Metal Scrapper Sued By State For Allegedly Breaking Air Pollution Laws

"I am committed to holding Sims accountable for endangering public health," Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Vintage Halloween Decorations In Demand This Year, Collectors Of Spooky Items Say

Paper goods from the '20s, greeting cards from the '50s — Chicagoans are turning to retro Halloween decorations and using them as-is or repurposing them to celebrate the holiday, collectors said.

Citywide

Chance The Rapper And Common Push For Parole In Illinois: It ‘Will Begin To Correct The Harms Of Long-Term Incarceration’

The rappers urged state lawmakers to pass a bill to make people eligible for parole after they’ve served at least 20 years in prison. 

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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

City Staffers Should Be Punished Or Fired For Handling Of Coal Plant Implosion In Little Village, Watchdog Says

Two Department of Buildings officials and one Department of Public Health staffer should be punished for their role in the smokestack collapse, the report found.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Pilsen Woman’s 15-Foot Ofrenda Honors Neighborhood’s Lost Loved Ones For El Día De Los Muertos

Isabel Hernandez is known for her ornate holiday decorations. This year, her Día de los Muertos ofrenda is filled with photos of her neighbors' loved ones.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Little Italy Dive Bar Little Joe’s Celebrates 75 Years On Taylor Street: ‘We’re Here For The Long Term’

The owners bought the place in February 2020 — then faced the pandemic. Now the bar has new management, a new menu and a new patio.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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