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Youth Development Opportunities with Playworks

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. They are currently hiring for the Back of the Yards program. Applicants must be 18+, have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) and be able to pass a background check. For more information and to […]

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Poetry Foundation’s Kids & Ya

The Poetry Foundation Library hosts children ages two to five for a weekly storytime event that introduces poetry to them using fun, interactive readings and activities. Below, you can find the dates and times for the events taking place in Jan. Location: 61 W Superior Street. Dates: Wednesday, January 3rd, 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 […]

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Back of the Yards celebrates first tree lighting ceremony

The blustery winds didn’t stop hundreds of Back of the Yards (BOTY) students and their families from decorating holiday trees for the first annual tree lighting ceremony. Organized by Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), the new neighborhood tradition was celebrated on the unseasonably warm Monday evening of Dec. 4. The celebration included the participation of […]

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Inspired coaches lead a championship team

Passion for the game of football brought two coaches together to start a new youth football team in Back of the Yards. Anthony Martinez also known as “Coach Tony” and Paul Shackelford known as “Coach Big Dawg,” were inspired to start a football league for youth ages eight to 14 to Back of the Yards […]

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BYNC Ballet Folklorico dancers join Chicago Sinfonietta for Arts in the Dark Parade

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Ballet Folklorico marched alongside the Chicago Sinfonietta and Build Chicago during the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade as part of the Chicago Sinfonietta Residents Orchestrate Project.  

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BOTY Coffeehouse and Roastery give back to the community

Owners of Back of the Yards Coffee House and Roastery, Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iniguez presented their first donation award to the Kids Cafe program of Casa Romero on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sr. Angie Kolancinski from Holy Cross, received the $500 donation. Kids Cafe of Casa Romero is an after-school program that serves the youth […]

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Seward students counter narrative in BOTY

Growing up in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood, you can expect the scent of Fabuloso or PineSol to be paired with music-especially on weekends-like it’s a ritual. “Every time I hear music coming from a house I think that their mom or their dad is making them clean or something,” said Nancy Mejia, 12. Mejia is […]

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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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TAMED: An Interview with Oaxacan artist Ricardo Angeles

Oaxacan artist, Ricardo Angeles spent the month of September working on canvases in preparation for his first solo gallery opening at Pilsen Outpost. TAMED, the show’s name is a play on the restrictions he gave himself while preparing his artwork for the show. There were days when the weather was perfect to go out and […]

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Annual Fair promotes Back to School readiness

With 29 resource tables and fresh market goods, the 2017 Back of the Yards (BOTY) Back to School Fair was the place to be for residents and families in the neighborhood. The annual back to school fair was held on Saturday, Sept. 2 and gave away more than 800 bookbags filled with school supplies. Every […]