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West Siders To Hold March For Peace After 2 Mass Shootings Within Minutes: ‘There’s No Respect For Life’

The community's response to ending violence must continue to be "all hands on deck," one organizer said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

To Combat Crime, West Side Neighborhood Groups Are Trying To Build Community

"The way we think about safety is having a healthy community," said Brittany Spralls, an organizer with the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lawndale Block Club Convention Aims To Bring Back A Tradition That Helped Residents Feel Safe

The block club convention will share information on city resources that are available to organize a block club. "To create a better model of public safety, we have to have communities and blocks engaged."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Vacant West Side Lot Could Become A Hotel, Cosmetology School, Business Incubator Or Food Hall

Residents will soon be able to give feedback on the plans for 3400 W. Ogden Ave. as part of the city-led INVEST South/West program.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Community Bike Ride Saturday Will Be ‘A Symbol Of Peace’ For Local Youth

A community expo beforehand will offer free haircuts, books and sports equipment for kids. Parents will also be able to sign up their kids for summer youth programs.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Moving Freely Exhibit At West Side Mini-Museum Explores How Transportation Access Impacts Racial Equity

The monthlong exhibit examines how mobility, transit and freedom of movement intersect with social issues facing residents of North Lawndale.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

North Lawndale Residents: Ogden Commons Is Hiring For At Least 100 Positions — Here’s How To Apply

North Lawndale Employment Network is hosting a virtual hiring event 10 a.m. Saturday. " We're meeting people with all skill levels, with all backgrounds."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

This LED Mural Will Light Up A Dark West Side Intersection And Make The Street More Walkable

The mural, depicting the Black Power fist over a backdrop of line patterns, was developed in partnership with community members to make the area around Homan and Harrison more pedestrian-friendly.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How Can K-Town’s Franklin Park Be Improved? Residents Can Weigh In With This Survey

A West Side group is trying to make the underused Franklin Park safer, more walkable and more welcoming. "I want it to be improved so it looks nice, like the parks look in more affluent neighborhoods."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Grocery Store Is Coming To North Lawndale In Area That Has Struggled With Food Access

Urban Market plans to open in the Ogden Commons development in about two years as a local group works to address the root causes of health disparities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Help Reimagine The Historic Sears Sunken Garden At A Community Design Workshop Series Launching Sunday

The new design of the Sears Sunken Garden will incorporate feedback from residents on how they want the garden to look.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A West Side Community Plaza Will Have A Cafe, Flower Shop And Mini-Museum All Housed In Refitted Shipping Containers

Organizers are raising money to repurpose the shipping containers, which will help turn a formerly vacant lot into a "place to be."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Celebrate Birthdays By Raising Money For Community Stimulus: ‘Everybody Should Receive Gifts’

Organizers are giving away gift cards at their weekly food giveaway, Soup for the Soul, at Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. Here's how you can donate.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Can Public Art Make A Busy West Side Street More Pedestrian-Friendly? Some Artists Think So

The art installation builds off a walkability study conducted by residents that suggested several improvements to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Young West Siders Needed To Help Make Map Of North Lawndale Community Gardens, Pop-Up Museum

Youths will work with an artist to design a map that will showcase and link community gathering spaces in the neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Residents Can Sign Up To Get Free Groceries Delivered

Organizers will deliver boxes to residents' doors biweekly in North Lawndale and Little Village. The boxes will contain up to 45 pounds of fresh fruits, veggies, meat and dairy.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Leaders Hosting ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ About Systemic Racism: ‘We Have To Get On The Same Page’

The virtual events will be a series of frank conversations about what racism is and how it still impacts Black people in Chicago.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Working To Redesign Sears Sunken Garden: ‘Let’s Bring It Back To Its Beautiful State’

The Sunken Gardens are more than a century old. Their redesign will be a walk back in history that will allow residents to envision a new future for their community, organizers said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Need Volunteers, Donations For Holiday Light Show: ‘It’s Time For Us To Start Changing The Narrative’

Neighbors are planning to decorate at least 225 trees along Douglas Boulevard — but they need your help. "We're going to do it in this area because this is where we hear the shots," one organizer said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Proposed West Side STEAM Academy Would Be Built On School Campus Slated To Close

Some West Side parents vow to fight the plan, which would see three neighborhood schools closed. "We have schools that are already open, and we are underfunded,” one parent said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale