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Back of the Yards’ very own launch new cafe

Once the home to the Union Stockyards, Back of the Yards is now home to its newest and only coffee shop dedicated to bringing artisanal coffee to the neighborhood. The Back of the Yards Coffeehouse and Roastery, 2059 W. 47th Street, celebrated its grand opening on Sat. May 13, 2017. Mayra Azucena Hernandez is a […]

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Tome Ventaja de Talleres y Seminarios Gratis Durante Money Smart Week

A partir de este sábado 22 de abril hasta el 29 de abril, Money Smart Week ofrecerá más de 300 clases de educación financiera en Chicago. Muchas de estas clases serán realizadas en español para la comunidad Latina Cuando: April 29, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Donde: Chicago Public Library/ Back of the Yards […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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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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Call for Volunteers and Donations for UHSC Urban Gardening Initiative

The United Human Service Center, UHSC urban and farming initiative is still looking for volunteers and supply donations. The garden is located at 1809 W 51st Street in Back of the Yards neighborhood. UHSC is in need of the following: Lawn Mower, Weed Whacker, Compost and Soil, Seeds, Wheel Barrows, Watering Holes, Tiller, Shovels, Thatch […]

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Quinto Imperio releases new album: “Crónica Inmigrante”

Chicago-based Cumbia Fusion band, Quinto Imperio tells stories of hope and resistance in their new album, Crónica Inmigrante. Quinto Imperio uses a blend of vivid latin rhythms, cultural duality, and storytelling to provide a message of resilience during anxious times. As recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief, many members of the band […]

“They Call us Alien”

  My mom came to the U.S when she was 14   Hair thicker than her accent   Crossed planes of desert with nothing but water and the prayers she kept in her pocket   Grew up here cleaning toilets in houses she’ll never get to live in   Had 7 children, when I was […]

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A Back of the Yards West Point Story

Sitting upright with perfect posture in his living room sofa chair, Back of the Yards College Prep (BOYCP) Senior Zorian Flowers described how, like many before him, a book helped shape and inspire his future.  Flowers, 17, was recently accepted into the prestigious United States Military Academy known as West Point.  He credits Battle Dress, […]

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Collaborations form to organize immigration workshops

Photo by: Keyandre Jackson Mural by: Martanoemí Noriega (Panamá) Jenny Morales Olaya (Panamá) Delilah D. Salgado (Chicago), Valerie Valdez (Chicago), Gloe (Chicago) In neighborhoods across the city, immigration advocacy groups have been generating information sessions to keep undocumented residents and allies informed about their rights under the law. Beginning late last year, several information sessions […]

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Parents of Hedges pave way for future generations

The aroma of pickled jalapenos filled the room at Hedges Elementary as a group of mothers chatted while they finished breakfast. The Padres de Hedges convene every day while their children attend class to plan school projects, patrol the school grounds and inform parents of community resources. The group formed about 25 years ago when […]