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Little Village Arch, Gateway To ‘The Mexican Capital Of The Midwest,’ Is Now An Official City Landmark

Built in 1990, the landmark designation is the first for an architect of Mexican descent in Chicago.

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Major Development With 700 Units, Grocery Store And More Could Spark Change On Southwest Side, Alderman Says

Developers are set to get the city's OK for a massive redevelopment of the former LeClaire Courts housing project on the Southwest Side.

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Target Building Truck Storage Facility Near Little Village Warehouse — But Won’t Answer Public’s Questions About It

Target's first community meeting was frustrating for activists and local leaders. “This meeting was a complete waste of our time,” one Little Village resident said.

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After Cutting Ribbon On Controversial Hilco Warehouse, Target Hosting Community Meeting This Week

Company representatives plan to answer questions about the Target Little Village Supply Chain Facility during a virtual meeting Tuesday.

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With Peoples Gas Set To Clean Up Toxic Site In Little Village, Alderman Calls For Soil Sampling Residential Areas

Peoples Gas is set to remediate the toxic parcels of land on its property, but some are calling for the investigation to expand, saying nearby residential may also have contaminated soil.

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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.

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City Council Approves $5 Million Sale Of Washburne School Site To St. Anthony Hospital

The Little Village site will become home to a hospital, a trade school, affordable housing, restaurants, retail and more.

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Proposed Ordinance Would Reimburse Liquor License Fees For Restaurants And Bars That Couldn’t Serve Indoors During Pandemic

The ordinance calls for federal stimulus funds to be used to help pay back liquor license fee holders for the time they couldn't serve indoors during the pandemic.

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St. Anthony Hospital Set To Buy Washburne Trade Center Site From City To Build Huge Community Campus

If the $5 million sale and overall project is approved by the city, St. Anthony expects to start construction in 2023 and be done by 2026.

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After Years-Long Battle, Alderman Backs St. Anthony Hospital’s Bid To Buy Washburne Trade Center Site In Little Village

St. Anthony and Cinespace film studios have been in a bidding war for years for the 11-acre site at 31st Street and Kedzie Ave. Officials will share more details at a meeting Wednesday.

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After Pressure From Residents, Hilco Warehouse Traffic Will Not Be Allowed To Drive Through Residential Streets, Alderman Says

As part of changes to the Plan Development, diesel trucks going to and from the site will not be allowed to travel through residential portions of the neighborhood, Ald. Michael Rodriguez said.

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Little Village Family Doctor Looks To Expand Clinic, Open Pharmacy At Former Birdie Pak Shop

The clinic would include more than a dozen examination rooms, procedure rooms, waiting rooms, doctors' offices and a pharmacy.

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Plans For A Little Village Medical Service Center To Be Unveiled At Community Meetings Tuesday

Oakbrook-based NAS Corporation looks to "build a second-story addition to the existing building and establish medical services" at 3925 W. 31st St., according to paperwork filed with the city.

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Little Village Kids Can Get Free Gifts Tuesday

An alderman and neighborhood groups will give away toys 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave.

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Little Village Coronavirus Testing Site Will Stay At Saucedo School For Now

The city planned to move the site, but after fielding concerns from neighbors, it will remain at Saucedo Scholastic Academy School for the “foreseeable future,” a local alderman said.

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City Council Approves Plan To Scrap Tax Breaks For ‘Bad Actor’ Developers — But It Won’t Apply To Hilco

The ordinance gives the city a way to penalize companies that violate rules and development agreements. But it will not apply retroactively to Hilco, responsible for the demolition that covered Little Village in dust.

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City Should Kill Hilco’s $19.7 Million Tax Break Deal After Botched Smokestack Demolition, Alderman Says

Ald. Michael Rodriguez wants the city to enact a "clawback" ordinance that would revoke economic development tax incentives given to corporations that “betray the public’s trust.”

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Latino And Black Leaders Unite Across Neighborhoods To Denounce Hate: ‘We’re Stronger Together’

After tensions ran high this week, organizers partnered to bridge relationships. "The small amount of people that acted out in that fashion … do not represent the community as a whole."

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Demolition Of Crawford Coal Plant Suspended After Worker Falls To His Death

“Work has stopped until they can absolutely assure the work site is in a place where people can work safely,” Ald. Michael Rodriguez said.

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Moreno’s Liquors Family Opens Osito’s Tap Speakeasy, First New Little Village Bar In Decades

The speakeasy, once an underground bookie joint, will serve a wide variety of Latin American-made spirits, including hundreds of Mexican mezcals and tequilas.

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