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Longer School Day – Finding Ways to Utilize Students’ Time Wisely

When Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academy Principal, Barton Dassinger, realized that one of the learning programs implemented in the 2010-2011 school year was no longer an option for his students, he began to look for alternatives. With a longer school day to fill this year, the answer, he says, came when he discovered a program […]

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Preparing for High School: Local Elementaries Prepare Seventh Graders for the High School Application Process

As students anxiously wait for acceptance letters into their top high schools, local elementary schools are already preparing seventh graders for next fall. “I have been working to ensure that our students get as much access to the high school options that are available in the city,” said Barton Dassinger, principal at Cesar E. Chavez […]

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New Stadium Lights for Farragut Academy

Little Village, one of the neighborhoods with the least amount of green space per capita in the city has welcomed new stadium lights to the track and field on the Farragut Career Academy grounds. Senior Salvador Vences said he rarely visits the field but thinks that the new lights are a way to invite others […]

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Carrera de los Muertos: Day of the Dead 5K Race Helps Fund After School Programs

UNO’s fifth annual Carrera de Los Muertos, or Race of the Dead will come to life Saturday, October 29 at 8 a.m. as participants run 5K through Pilsen and University Village. Over 2,500 runners raced to the finish line last year and enjoyed a mariachi, folkloric performances, food and music throughout the event. Carlos Jaramillo, […]

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Universidad Popular Reaches Community Empowerment Through Culture

A community center in Little Village, Universidad Popular, not only encourages new ideas, but works to establish strong events in order to encourage participation in the community. One such event, Feria del Mole, will celebrate six years of success on Sept. 24 at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. Participants can try about 40 different moles and […]

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Stacy Koumbis Brings Resources to Local Communities

When Stacy Koumbis first arrived to Tilden Career Community Academy High School three years ago, she said she “didn’t understand the community.” As she sits in her office, talking to a current student and giving her advice about friendships, it is clear that is no longer the case. Koumbis, who studied sculpture and printmaking at […]

Literacy Chicago: Promotes Adult Education, Partners with Local Schools

Almost 20 years ago Literacy Volunteers of Chicago and Literacy Council of Chicago, two successful organizations, combined their resources and merged into one organization – Literacy Chicago. Today, the organization has expanded from their downtown location to several communities, bringing much needed resources to neighborhoods like Back of the Yards. “Literacy Chicago provides much needed […]

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Old Peer Foods Building Transformed to Promote Sustainability

  The music blaring from the small radio resting on a cart in one corner of the room deafened the echoes of harsh construction sounds while workers, mainly volunteers, focused on their task in a huge, dusty room — a small part of the four story, 93,500 square feet of rooms that will be renovated […]

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“The Plant” Owner John Edel Chooses Stockyards to House Industrial Vertical Farm

As the Stockyards continue to become a place for innovation and sustainability projects (Testa Produce opened a green distribution center earlier this year), John Edel, 41, has joined the movement, working in the neighborhood he has always found fascinating. He calls himself an industrial history buff and said that as a lifelong Chicagoan, understanding the […]

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12th Annual Summer Opera Presents “Maria de Buenos Aires” in Free Performances

Seduction, life and death come together for a night with “Maria de Buenos Aires,” at The 12th Annual Summer Opera, a story by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, which will be performed free for guests from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14. “[Audiences] will see a brilliant combination of opera and tango in a […]