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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 22: The Sky’s The Limit For Women’s Hoops In Chicago

Ana Sierra is the one-woman operation behind the West Side’s semi-professional women’s basketball league. The league has become a gathering space for residents and entrepreneurs.

Citywide

This West Side Group Is Helping Kids Try Rowing, Rugby, Lacrosse And Chess

The North Lawndale Athletic and Recreation Association is expanding the kinds of sports and activities it offers to give neighborhood youth more options.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Garden Is Designed To Help Youth Heal From Trauma: ‘A Garden Is A Friend You Can Visit Anytime’

The garden will support the therapeutic services offered by UCAN, a West Side social service organization with a program to help young people heal from trauma.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

To Combat Crime, City Launches Central ‘Nerve Center’ To Bring Violence Prevention Programs Under One Roof

The Community Safety and Coordination Center will be a centralized hub for programs that impact safety across all city departments.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

West Side Violence Interrupters Working To Bring Hope, Purpose To Young Residents — Before They Pick Up A Gun

Three years ago, the city dedicated less than $1 million to violence prevention. But this year, $36 million is going to violence prevention and related programs, on top of at least $38 million from private organizations.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Street Outreach Groups Join Forces In Lawndale To ‘Interrupt Violence Deep In The Trenches’

The collaborative of violence prevention groups is focusing on North Lawndale to scale up street outreach work.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Neighborhood Leader Honored For ‘Dedication To Empowering And Uplifting The African American Community’

Claude Robinson of UCAN was awarded the Donald Stewart Fellowship from the African American Legacy Fund and the Chicago Community Trust.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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

West Side Portrait Series Unveils Public Art Installations: ‘It’s A Story Of Redemption’

Lawndale: A Living History is a photography and oral history series that highlights the stories of West Side elders, who are the stewards of their neighborhood's history.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Free Legal Aid Now Available As Part Of Anti-Violence Street Outreach

The new Justice Corps will give violence interrupters at partner neighborhood groups a new tool to help people at-risk for violence.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Street Outreach Programs Get $6 Million Boost To Curb Violence On South And West Sides

Most recently, violence interrupters have been tackling another epidemic disproportionately impacting Black Chicagoans: coronavirus.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

On The West Side, Violence Interrupters Have A New Message: Wash Your Hands

"We already had an epidemic called violence," Perez said. "But now we have another epidemic that is disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale