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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 […]

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Spoil Mom This Weekend Without Breaking The Bank!

CHECK OUT CHICAGO’S MUSEUM FREE-DAYS Museum of Contemporary Art (free second Saturday of the month) Smart Museum of Art (Always free) DuSable Museum of African American History (free Sundays) McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum (free Sundays, opening May 13) Garfield Park Conservatory (always free) PACK A PICNIC AND EXPLORE ONE OF THE CITY’S BEAUTIFUL […]

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Story-Collecting Storefront in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO, IL – “Chicago is a city where Mexicans are everywhere, we’ve been here and contributed so much to this city, but you really wouldn’t know it by looking at mainstream media or textbooks,” says Ricardo Gamboa, activist, director and playwright behind Meet Juan(ito) Doe, a play about Chicago’s Mexican-American and immigrant community. […]

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Healing Through Art, Love & Peace Circles at PBMR

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you open the door at Art on 51st.  It is a quaint and cozy gallery space that is utilized for multiple purposes. There is a lot of noise in the room from different voices conversing as they get ready to have the  Restorative Justice Community […]

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Richards students reflect on the Hamilton musical

For some Chicago high school students, Wednesday, March 15 was not a typical day in the classroom. A long line snaked outside the Private Bank Theater downtown, where well-dressed students waited to be let inside the historic landmark.    With the support of a number funders including the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 Chicago high school students […]