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Neighbors Light Up West Side Boulevard To Let Community Know ‘They’re Cared About’

The holiday light show spanned the length of Douglas Boulevard, the first time the street has been fully decorated.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

New ‘Black Girls Carol’ Group Spreads Holiday Cheer On The South Side

In a year filled with loss and devastation, a group of Black women are coming together to spread holiday cheer in their neighborhoods.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Love Fridge Brings Produce, Fresh Food To Newest Site In Pilsen: ‘Food Is A Right, Not A Privilege’

Volunteers have worked since the summer to bring 20 refrigerators with free food to communities across Chicago to help people facing food insecurity.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

As Timuel Black Celebrates 102 Years Of Life, He Wants Young Chicagoans To Carry On Fight For Racial Justice

The historian and civil rights activist championed civic education for Chicago's youth at a drive-by party attended by everyone from former students to Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Hundreds Of Volunteers Come Together To Help My Block, My Hood, My City Light Up The South Side

“We look down King Drive now, and we see a lot of helicopter lights, police lights,” founder Jahmal Cole said. “... I wanted to do something simple and reduce the blight by hanging up some [holiday] lights."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Kitten Trapped In Car’s Engine Rescued By East Ukrainian Village Neighbors

A neighbor who cares for a feral cat colony alerted Animal Control and cops, to no avail. It took a nearby vet tech and the car's owner to save the kitten.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

On The West Side, Soup For The Soul Aims To Feed Neighbors Through Winter As Pandemic Rages On

Neighborhood groups created Soup for the Soul at Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church to build food access and a sense of community.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Local Frame Shop Organizing Coat, Boot And Toy Drive In Wicker Park-Bucktown

The owners of Helendora Samuels Picture Framing in Bucktown are collecting coats, boots and toys for children in Austin.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

This South Side Restaurant Is Letting People Pay What They Can To Feed Those In Need, Keep Workers On Staff

Bridgeport's Kimski will distribute as many as 2,000 meals weekly through the winter. "We're trying to do this because there are no real relief programs [for restaurants] out there."

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

South Side Pie Challenge Wants You To ‘Pie It Forward’ To Your Neighbors And Donate To Food Banks

The virtual event was organized after the in-person bake-off was canceled because of coronavirus. Participants are asked to donate at least $20 to a food pantry, bake a pie for a friend and tell them to do the same.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Free Soul Food Restaurant On West Side Raising Money To Feed People In Need

The free restaurant feeds hundreds each day in an area that lacks healthy, affordable food.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Town Neighbor Launches Cloth Mask, Holiday Card Drive For Seniors

Lauren Young needs cards written in English, Spanish, Polish and Ukrainian. "I hope to spread a little holiday cheer to at least 1,800 seniors in the West Town area."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Immigrant’s Beauty Supply Shops Were Looted In Chicago And Destroyed By Unrest In Ferguson — But He’s Not Giving Up

What happened to Gus Safi's stores wasn't a betrayal, but a plea for change, he said. When people told him to leave Chicago, he scoffed. "This is the city that raised me. It taught me everything."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After 5 Days, Cat Stuck In 50-Foot Galewood Tree Rescued Thanks To Neighbors And Fernandez Tree Service

“I didn’t do it for money and didn’t want to get paid or anything,” Humberto Fernandez said. “My goal was just to help out. I didn’t think twice about it.”

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Bucktown Neighbors Raised $10,000 For Beloved Ice Cream Man. Here’s How Wilfredo Cintron Said ‘Thank You’

Cintron, who turned 80 Sunday, felt happy and honored to give back to fellow seniors at Belmont Village, his son said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Brave Space Alliance Opens Gender-Affirming Makeup Room After Raising $60K In Supplies

The Chicago Black Drag Council partnered with two gay bars to raise about 4,000 makeup items for the city's only Black- and trans-led LGBTQ center.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Bronzeville’s Mutual Aid Network Building A Community — And A City — Based In Reciprocity

A joint effort from the Bronzeville/Kenwood Mutual Aid network and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab — assisted by a host of Chicagoans — wants to make mutual aid a "lifestyle," not just a response to the pandemic.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

This South Side Gardener Is Behind Nearly 100 Urban Farms Across Chicago — And He’s Not Slowing Down

South Chicago-based master gardener Gregory Bratton is looking for volunteers to help with projects like harvesting, preparing the gardens for winter and installing equipment to allow off-season farming.

South Chicago, East Side

How A Pilsen Food Pantry Grew To Help Neighbors In Crisis: ‘The Community Has Come Together To Make This Happen’

When coronavirus hit the neighborhood hard, the Pilsen Social Health Initiative expanded its mission, opening a thrift store and hosting a social worker to get families the help they need.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

During A Summer Of Struggle, These South Siders Stepped Up To Feed Their Neighbors

The People's Grab-N-Go, Scholar Slide By and Feed the People sprung up to fill the gaps amid unrest and the pandemic this summer.

Roseland, Pullman
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