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City Council Greenlights Plan To Transform Laramie State Bank Into Housing, Cafe, Museum And Incubator

The $44.2 million plan received a key zoning change needed to redevelop the vacant building for the benefit of the community and local economy as a flagship project of the Invest South/West initiative.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘Possibly Suspicious’ Rogers Park Fire Displaces 36 Low-Income Renters: ‘I’ll Have To Start From Scratch Again’

Most of the residents of a fire-damaged Glenwood Avenue apartment building are low-income renters with nowhere else to go. There are ways neighbors can help, Ald. Maria Hadden said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Austin’s Laramie State Bank Is Becoming A Museum. But First, It Needs Emergency Repairs To Fix Severe Water Damage

The building has rapidly deteriorated since it was foreclosed in 2012. In the coming years, it will be transformed into a museum, a business incubator and a café.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Urban Farm That Grows Produce For Food Pantries Is Poised To Expand

Chicago Farmworks is eyeing two lots to expand its urban farm, which grows fruits and vegetables for local food pantries.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lawmakers Call For Immediate Action At Chicago Shelter Housing Afghan Children

After ProPublica’s report that Afghan children at a Chicago shelter were hurting themselves, Sen. Dick Durbin asked federal officials to investigate. In the meantime, Heartland Alliance, the facility’s operator, now has interpreters in its shelters.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Dozens Of Traumatized Afghan Kids Struggle Inside A Shelter That’s Ill-Equipped To Care For Them

Some Afghan children at a Chicago shelter have hurt themselves or others, leaving workers overwhelmed. Employees say the shelter has never experienced this level of chaos and isn’t equipped to provide kids with services they need.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Devon Days Sidewalk Fest Will Celebrate 10 Businesses That Opened During Pandemic

Devon Avenue will see live music, a circus performance the unveiling of three mosaics.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Here’s How Chicagoans Can Help Afghan Refugees As They Resettle In The City

Local organizations need volunteers, donations and job information so they can help the hundreds of families coming to the area.

Citywide

As Afghan Families Flee Taliban Rule, Chicago Agencies Mobilize To Help Them Settle Here: ‘We Want To Do What’s Right’

Four groups are working to settle families locally. Afghan refugees are expected to arrive within a few weeks.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

If City Wants Gun Violence To Drop 20%, It Must Invest In Prevention Programs, Activists Say

Though Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2020 budget increased violence prevention funding by nearly $10 million, organizers say that's still not enough to reach their goal.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Immigrant Children Sent To Chicago Shelters Are Traumatized And Sick, In Some Instances With Chicken Pox or Tuberculosis

Hundreds of children are being detained in shelters run by Heartland Human Care Services, which says it has made changes since allegations that children were neglected and mistreated.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Protesters Demand Release Of Immigrant Children In Heartland’s Chicago Shelters

“Anybody who has children, or had children, should take this personally,” one activist said of the five shelters Heartland operates in Chicago neighborhoods.

Downtown

Pilsen Restaurant Collecting Donations For Migrant Children Housed at Heartland Alliance Facility

This week, Monnie Burke’s be collecting new and gently-used items for migrant children separated from their families.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop