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From California to Chicago: A story of resilience and perseverance

Freckles dot the hands and cheeks of Lidia Huante Mendoza, 67, remnants of a childhood spent working in the fields of California. Childhood memories for some are filled with scenes of exploration, play, and sheer joy, but for Huante Mendoza, it meant waking up to help her mother prepare food for her family as they […]

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Chicago Commons launches Family Hub program

At first glance, it might appear to be a typical school day outside on the playground at Chicago Commons Paolo Freire Center (PFC) in Back of the Yards. But what the students experience that day- anything from seeing a rainbow to touring a local elementary school- can potentially shape school lessons and projects. “The kids […]

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One Summer Chicago youth complete two-block long mural

Imagine a relentless, blistering sun beating down on you day in and day out as you work what might be your first summer job. Now throw in slithering garden snakes, perhaps dropping your phone and glasses in a gallon of paint and the occasional bird flying overhead “dropping” a little present on your shoulder. This […]

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Richards Career Academy celebrates first-ever Gates Millennium Scholar

Getting scholarships for college has become increasingly competitive, and the Gates Millennium scholarship is no exception. Richards Career Academy Senior Demareo Jones, 18, was recently awarded the prestigious award that will cover tuition expenses all the way to the doctorate level for students pursuing coursework in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The application process took […]

Davis Square Park baseball diamonds get facelifts

The opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime has been revived in Davis Square Park following the completion of a Cubs Charities-funded facelift.  Members of the community, the Back of the Yards College Prep baseball team, Davis Square Park leagues and a number of public officials gathered Thursday, May 27 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate […]

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“Hearts Up, Guns Down”

The rain didn’t keep Back of the Yards youth, local artists, neighborhood leaders, law enforcement and the mayor from coming together for the 3rd Annual Faith and Action Summer Kickoff at Davis Square Park Friday, May 27. Children doodled with crayons and markers at a creative play station installed just behind the artists while they […]

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Comcast expands fiber network in Back of the Yards and Bridgeport

Businesses in Back of the Yards and Bridgeport can now take advantage of faster internet speeds due to a fiber optic network expansion spanning the two Southwest Side neighborhoods. Comcast announced the five mile fiber expansion at a breakfast held at Bridgeport Art Center Thursday, April 14. This new investment will give approximately 300 small […]

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Second Chance students shoot hoops with 9th District officers

Students from the Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance High School and 9th District Chicago Police officers came together for a friendly game of basketball on Thursday, April 7. The game was organized and planned by Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance students to build stronger relationships among neighborhood youth and 9th District Chicago Police […]

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Ballet Folklorico dancers win big in national competition

Two busloads of BYNC Ballet Folklorico dancers brought home more than a dozen awards from the 2016 ACADEZ (Academia de la Danza Amalia Hernandez) National Folklorico/ Contemporary Dance Competition in early April. Around 100 dancers from across the Southwest Side participated in the competition, which was held in San Antonio April 8-9 at the Scottish […]

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Whiner Beer Company gears up for grand opening

For as long as he can remember, Brian Taylor has wanted to start his very own brewery and taproom. Soon that dream will come to fruition. Over the last couple years or so, Taylor and his business partner, Ria Neri have been steadily working to launch a new brewery at The Plant- Whiner Beer Company. […]