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Seed Chicago Set to Help Local Businesses, Projects Reach Funding Goals

Initiative includes 11 Chicago projects such as the Unísono Festival and The Tamale Spaceship in Pilsen Local entrepreneurs can now promote their start-up businesses and projects in Chicago through a website that hosts thousands of projects and allows anyone to add financial contributions. The idea is to support initiatives that could bring development and jobs […]

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Branding Campaign Introduces SSA 13 Expansion Area

This spring, a new branding campaign is set to be introduced to the expansion area of Special Service Area (SSA) #13. The SSA, officially known as the Stockyards Industrial Park, expanded in January 2011; the expansion virtually doubled the size of the existing SSA to include industrial businesses on the outskirts of the Union Stockyards. […]

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NSP 2 Properties Available in Back of the Yards

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), an initiative of The Resurrection Project, is a program aimed to offer residents reliable housing opportunities in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. NSP2 works with families who are ready to buy or rent rehabbed properties in the neighborhood. The program accepts subsidized voucher holders and other forms of housing […]

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Wal-Mart Opens in Back of the Yards, Little Village

Residents of Back of the Yards got an early start on their grocery shopping during the grand opening of the new Wal-Mart store in the neighborhood. The store is one of three Wal-Marts that opened in Chicago on Jan. 16. Two other stores opened in Lake View and Little Village. Characterized as “Neighborhood Markets,” the […]

Better Business Bureau’s Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Consumer-Savvy 2013

As the New Year arrives it is more important than ever to resolve to be a savvy consumer. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers ten New Year’s resolutions to help you avoid becoming a victim of scams, prevent identity theft and save money in 2013. “With a new year, it is […]

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New Restaurants Open in Back of the Yards

The Back of the Yards community has long been a destination for great food. The neighborhood boasts some of the best small Mexican restaurants in the city and as the community continues to grow economically, more culinary entrepreneurs and national chains are finding Back of the Yards to be a great place to open new […]

SSAs Complete Major 2012 Projects, More to Come in 2013

In 2012, several projects designed to attract and retain local businesses have been completed in the four Special Service Areas (SSAs) managed by the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC). The SSAs, which are areas designated by the city of Chicago, are an economic tool that provide special services to businesses in addition to […]

Quality-of-Life Plan Hosts Job Fair

“I need to get a job. I have two girls that are going to go to college,” explains Belda Maraz, a struggling 40-year-old parent. Sadly, Maraz’s situation is shared by millions of people in the United States. As of July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment is at 8.3 percent; however, the unemployment […]

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To Sell or Not to Sell?

After 16 years, the Pilsen shop Artesanias D’Mexico, considers closing due to the recession “I’m between, should I close or not close,” said Efrain Loza. After 16 years of heading his renowned crafts shop, Loza could be at the brim of closing it. Located on 18th Street in Pilsen, Artesanias D’Mexico is a business characterized […]

Back of the Yards Quality-of-Life Plan, SSA #13 to Host Job Fair

The Back of the Yards Quality-of-Life Plan, in partnership with Special Service Area (SSA) #13, announced that over 25 employers will offer hundreds of jobs to local residents searching for employment at the 2012 Back of the Yards Job Fair. The job fair is a specific objective of the plan’s Economic Development Committee. The Back […]