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McKinley Park’s Razzmatazz & Chicago Indoor Sports welcome new General Manager

Located on Chicago’s South Side McKinley Park neighborhood, Razzmatazz is a 20,000-square foot indoor entertainment complex filled with games, attractions, and slides for adults and kids of all ages. Razzmatazz is open daily and hosts birthday parties and event outings for any group type. This entertainment center has over 80 games, Route 66 bowling, bouncy […]

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Meet Juan(ito) Doe Review

I walked into the small storefront turned “story front,” and a sense of wonder immediately washed over me. Shopping carts, bikes, cortinas, altares, and chile jalapeño cans doubling as flower pots and walls were all suspended from painted grey- brick walls. The small space which I had visited before, had become an ingeniously envisioned and […]

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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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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 […]

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Morelia artist 2MIL debuts first solo show at Pilsen Outpost

Herson Aldair Piñon also known as “2MIL” is a 23-year-old self- taught artist from Morelia, Mexico. He has been working on acrylic paintings and pencil sketches for more than 2 and a half years. His first solo art gallery Pueblo Mágico opens on Friday, August 4th at Pilsen Outpost. 2MIL will give Chicago a taste of […]

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Ruido Fest 2017

Imagine the reverberation  from the echo of more than 1,000 souls, fans blasting out loud and making you feel goosebumps:   “Podrás imaginarte desde afuera,  Ser un mexicano cruzando la frontera  Pensando en tu familia mientras que pasas  Dejando todo lo que conoces atrás  Si tuvieras tú que esquivar las balas…”  That’s part of the lyrics of Frijolero, a classic song interpreted by the Mexico City rock band, Molotov, who closed the second day of Ruido Fest 2017 at Adams/Medill Park.   Ruido Fest has […]

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Ruido Fest Interview with Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is a Gothic soul-pop band from Detroit Michigan. Jessica Hernandez is a second generation Cuban and Mexican American. Hernandez studied at Columbia College and still spends time in Chicago. This year was her first time performing at Ruido Fest, an annual Latin Alternative music festival on its 3rd year. She performed […]

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Celebración del 3er Aniversario de OPEN Center for the Arts

Exposición pictórica OPEN EYES 2214 S Sacramento Ave Chicago IL. 28 de junio 6:00 p.m. a 11:00 p.m. Hacemos una cordial invitación a la celebración del Tercer Aniversario de OPEN Center for the Arts. Para esta ocasión especial tendremos la exposición OPEN EYES que inauguraremos el próximo miércoles 28 de junio a partir de las […]

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BOYCP students put on their own rendition of Hamilton

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School auditorium (which doubles as one of the city’s public libraries) and found an open seat next to a smiling Abuelita and her grandson. Soon, flickering lights signaled the […]