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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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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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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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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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BOYCP celebrates first graduating class

Around this time four years ago, the Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School (BOYCP) was in its final stages of completion. Fast forward to June 10, 2017, and the first graduating class was on the campus football field ready to take their seats as they prepare to make their parents, peers and community proud. […]

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Fiesta Back of the Yards 2017

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, June 9, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), will host the 27th Annual “Fiesta Back of the Yards,”  a three-day street festival featuring live entertainment, rides & games, dozens of food vendors, Miss Back of the Yards and “Miss Belleza Chiquita” pageants, contest and talent show.  The festival […]

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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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Mothers-turned-entrepreneurs launch culinary collective

Alas Abiertas  “Open Wings,” is an all-women collective comprised of four members that get together to do food vending at farmers markets and take catering orders from customers through word of mouth.  What’s extremely special about this group is that their individual obstacles have brought them closer together. They are a group of women overcoming […]