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Years After Funding For Back Of The Yards Library Secured, Residents Still Fighting Over Where It Should Go

Some neighbors support the library being inside a proposed development at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue, but others don't want to share space.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Is Looking For Its First Poet Laureate

Written and spoken word poets can be nominated until Jan. 18


How A River North Author Turned Family Storytime Into A Children’s Book Highlighting South Asian Culture

"Tara the Rickshaw and the Tale of the Lost Kitten" follows a rickshaw on its journey through South Asia, featuring bright colors and subtle nods to Amna Nasima's childhood visits to Pakistan.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

The City Spent Millions To Fix A West Side Library. But Just 3 Years Later, Water Damage, Soggy Books And Mold Return

The city spent $2.15 million to renovate the Douglass Branch Library in 2018 after neighbors fought for improvements. The building is once again in a soggy state, and the city will spend $1.2 million more to fix its problems.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After 30 Years Of Being Squeezed Into Small Storefront, Southwest Siders Push For Bigger Library In Gage Park

The Gage Park Latinx Council started a petition for a new library, saying the neighborhood's library is too small and lacks resources.

Gage Park, Brighton Park

From Librarians To Barbers, Public-Facing Workers Left Out Of Early Vaccination Rounds: ‘Our Jobs Are Essential But We Are Not’

Librarians and beauty industry workers interact with people daily and can't work from home. They feel they should be vaccinated alongside frontline workers like teachers and grocery employees — or at least before the general public.


Aldermen Push For Librarians To Be Vaccinated Soon, But City’s Top Doc Says That’d Slow Rollout For Seniors

"We're gonna get the librarians vaccinated. I promise. But it'll be in line with a lot of other frontline essential workers," Dr. Allison Arwady said.


West Side Elders Honored In Outdoor Living History Exhibit: ‘We Need The Older Generation To Help Guide Us’

"It's about appreciating history while it's here," said Jonathan Kelley, co-founder of the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot at 16th and Spaulding.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Back Of The Yards One Step Closer To Getting Its Own Public Library Thanks To $15 Million In State Funding

For years, students and neighbors have shared a library on Back of the Yards College Prep's campus. But security changes in 2018 made it more difficult for people to access it.

Back of the Yards

Chicago Public Libraries Reopening Within Weeks, City Says

The city is asking library staff to return to work Wednesday so they can prepare to eventually open again.


South Shore Library Reopens With Big Upgrades Including Recording Studio, Media Lab, Black History Section

The South Shore branch's $2.5 million renovation project brings plenty of new amenities for kids and young adults to the library, 2505 E. 73rd St.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago Public Library Wants To Pay You $6K To Create In Its ‘Maker Lab’

The library is looking for a maker-in-residence who will spend three months using 3-D printers, laser cutters and more on their project.


South Shore Branch Library To Reopen Soon After Year Of Renovations

Work on the library's $2.5 million renovation is complete, a library spokesperson confirmed. The library will reopen this weekend or next week.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Douglass Library’s New Book Club Will Feature Afrofuturism And Other Black Literature

The first book on the list is "How Long 'til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As South Shore Public Library Renovations Linger On, Neighbors Are Placing Little Free Libraries All Over

Veronica Kyle's home caught a bullet during a 2015 murder. Now she's on a mission to change the neighborhood's culture through reading.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

New Little Italy Library Branch With CHA Housing ‘The Renaissance Of Taylor Street,’ Ald. Ervin Says (PHOTOS)

The building — which sparked controversy in the neighborhood when it was announced — will include a mix of CHA, affordable and market-rate apartments.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chatham’s Whitney Young Library Opens After $12 Million Makeover, Now Offers 3D Printing, Recording Studio And More

A technology hub, digital skills lab and a new garden are among the renovated building's new amenities.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham