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Bridgeport brought the beef in first ever competition

The beef lovers of Bridgeport came together for a night of thrills, laughs and celebration of the local restaurants and eateries that showcase the neighborhood’s delectable dishes.  Last Saturday, the inaugural Bridgeport’s Got Beef Italian beef competition was an indisputable beef battle royale, which took place at Co-Prosperity Sphere located at the intersection of 32nd […]

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Villarte celebrates artists old and new as festival turns 10

What’s in a neighborhood?  Art can be a beautiful way to document who we are, wherever we are, at a particular moment in time.  Neighborhood artists, homegrown and transplanted, unite in inviting, colorful spaces connected to our everyday lives: the tattoo shop, the community center, the library.  The intersection of the art and the communal […]

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Public art collaborative interprets jail statistics

Built in 1929, the Cook County Jail is the largest jail in America.  According to Cook County Jail data, nearly 9,000 people are incarcerated daily in one of the eight divisions of the jail. Imposing four-story and two-story brick buildings sit at the center of  96 acres of territory.  Nearly 100,000 people are detained every year.  […]

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The Plant hosts annual Monster Food Truck Rally

On Saturday Aug. 8, The Plant Chicago hosted its fourth annual Monster Food Truck Rally in Back of the Yards. A diverse cross-section of  families, small businesses and vendors came together on a cool overcast day to delight in live folk music and shop at the community market, where an enclave of local artisans and […]

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Court Theatre presents new adaptation of “Native Son”

  In a stage adaptation of the classic Richard Wright novel “Native Son” the Court Theatre production by Nambi E. Kelley follows the downward spiral of Bigger Thomas (Jerod Haynes), a twenty-year old black man from the South Side of Chicago in the 30s. He is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent, white family […]

Little Village residents hold release ceremony for monarchs

Students from El Valor’s early childhood education center released hundreds of beautiful orange monarch butterflies in Little Village on Thursday, Sept. 11. The butterfly release ceremony was held in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service International Programs to commemorate El Valor’s completion of its environmental education initiatives. After months of care, each butterfly was tagged […]

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McKinley Park holds first farmers’ market

On a bright summer afternoon, McKinley Park residents had a chance to enjoy organic fruits and vegetables from local vendors during the first farmers’ market held on Saturday Aug. 30. The event was part of an annual back-to-school health fair organized by the 12th Ward Office in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The […]

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4th annual Villapalooza brings eclectic sounds to Little Village

For the past three years, a collective of artists, community organizers and musicians have carved out a space in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood for a day dedicated to promoting the arts and community engagement through music. On Saturday, Sept. 6, they’ll do it again as they host the fourth annual Villapalooza music festival on 26th Street and Central Park Avenue from […]

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Paul Ryan under fire for wavering stance on immigration issues

Despite the heavy downpour, dozens of activists and community members rallied outside the Union League Club in Chicago Thursday to protest U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent stands on immigration reform. Organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the protest took place while Ryan held a signing for his new book “The […]