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South Chicago, East Side

South Chicago, East Side
South Chicago, East Side

With Southeast Side Metal Scrapper On Hold, Activists And Neighbors Pledge To Keep Fighting ‘Until The Permit Is Denied’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delayed the city's permit review for General Iron's owner to open a fifth facility in East Side after EPA officials said the proposal raises "significant civil rights concerns."

South Chicago, East Side
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City Delays Permit For Southeast Side Metal Scrapper After EPA Says Another Polluter Raises ‘Significant Civil Rights Concerns’

An EPA official urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot not to issue a permit for Southside Recycling until the city completes "a robust analysis of ambient air quality data from Chicago's Southeast Side."

South Chicago, East Side

Developers Pitch South Chicago Neighbors On Plans To Revitalize Commercial Avenue With Housing, Retail And More

The competing projects blend housing, retail and outdoor community space. One of the plans will be chosen for a mostly vacant stretch of 8840–54 S. Commercial Ave.

South Chicago, East Side

Black Chicagoans Aren’t Getting Vaccinated At The Same Rate As Others — And It’s More Than Just Distrust

Some of the lowest vaccination rates in Chicago are on the South Side. Officials could change that by improving health care access, opening more permanent vaccine sites and better listening to residents' ideas, organizers said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With $1.8 Billion Coming To CPS, West And South Siders Want ‘Seat At the Table’ To Decide Where The Money Goes

Parents and students say the recovery funding is especially important because the pandemic worsened conditions at their under-resourced schools.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hazel M. Johnson Fought For Clean Air And Water On The Southeast Side. A Congressman Is Doubling Down On Efforts To Honor Her

April could become Hazel M. Johnson Environmental Justice Month under a proposal from Rep. Bobby Rush, who hopes to honor the Southeast Side environmentalist.

South Chicago, East Side

City Sues Indiana Gun Store, Claiming It Is Helping Fuel Gun Violence In Chicago By Selling To Straw Purchasers

The lawsuit claims the store, Westforth Sports in Gary, Indiana, is the biggest out-of-state supplier of guns used in crimes in the city, responsible for more than 850 gun crimes 2009-2016. The store's owner rejects these claims.

Citywide

City Accepting Proposals To Redevelop Land Into Housing And Commercial Space On South Shore, South Chicago Border

The city is seeking proposals to build a transit-oriented residential building and improve the commercial corridor, as about half of the storefronts along 79th Street are vacant.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Want To Learn More About City’s New Rules On Coach Houses And Garden Units? Check Out Webinar Next Week

Starting May 1, property owners in five pilot areas can apply to add garden apartments, attic apartments and coach houses to their buildings.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Saturday’s ‘Clean Up The Cut-Thru’ Event Marks 1st Step Toward Turning Often-Used Rail Line Shortcut Into A Park

The Clean Up the Cut-Thru event is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at 82nd and Manistee. "Focusing on what we can clean up in our own home and our own area really matters," organizer Brandi Kishner said.

South Chicago, East Side

The Perfect Soundtrack To Your South Side Sightseeing Tour: Lee Bey’s ‘Southern Exposure’ Playlist

Architecture expert and historian Lee Bey released a playlist inspired by his 2019 book on the South Side's under-appreciated buildings this week, including tracks from Sam Trump, Chance the Rapper, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Vaccination Site Now Open At Trumbull Park. Here’s How Far South Side Adults Can Sign Up

The site, 2400 E. 105th St., will offer first-dose appointments Thursdays and Saturdays through April 17 for adult residents of four Far South Side neighborhoods.

South Chicago, East Side

Electric CTA Buses Hit Chicago Streets — And More Coming In Years Ahead

The CTA has begun testing out electric buses on the No. 66 Chicago route. If testing goes well, the city agency will move forward with its plan of making the entire fleet electric by 2040.

Albany Park

The City Won’t Say When It Will Make A Decision On Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

It's a high-stakes decision, as Southeast Side residents and environmental activists have repeatedly called on the city to deny Southside Recycling its final permit.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Wants To Fine Employers Who Retaliate Against Their Workers For Taking Time Off To Get Vaccinated

"No worker should have to choose between keeping their job and getting the COVID-19 vaccine," the mayor said.

Albany Park

Park District’s First Campsite, Trail With Boardwalks Coming To Big Marsh Park After City Council’s Approval

Aldermen approved $1.5 million in TIF funds to build an accessible trail around the Far South Side park's perimeter, camping platforms, picnic pavilions and more at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

South Chicago, East Side

‘Weakened’ Clear Air Ordinance For Heavy Polluters Moves Forward — With No Support From Environmental Groups

The proposal expands the city's role in approving permits to open industrial businesses with minimal community input. "We’re really relying on agencies that have failed ... to be the backstop to industrial polluters coming into more neighborhoods."

Citywide

City Delays Decision On Permit For Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Southside Recycling twice has applied for a permit to open at 11600 S. Burley Ave. City officials now say they want to assess the environmental effects of the proposed facility and four others already operating at the same site.

South Chicago, East Side

Pullman Residents 40 And Older Can Get Vaccinated Tuesday. Here’s How To Sign Up

Any Pullman resident who is 40 or older can sign up to get vaccinated Tuesday. Appointments are required.

Roseland, Pullman

South Side Restaurant Offers Employees $150 To Get COVID-19 Vaccination

Nipsey's Restaurant and Lounge in Burnside is joining a growing number of employers offering incentives to workers willing to be vaccinated.

South Chicago, East Side
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