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“Hearts Up, Guns Down”

The rain didn’t keep Back of the Yards youth, local artists, neighborhood leaders, law enforcement and the mayor from coming together for the 3rd Annual Faith and Action Summer Kickoff at Davis Square Park Friday, May 27. Children doodled with crayons and markers at a creative play station installed just behind the artists while they […]

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“Taste of Back of the Yards” raises scholarship funds, promotes local leaders

On Saturday, May 21, more than 100 neighborhood residents and community leaders gathered at Back of the Yards College Prep High School for the annual Peace and Education Scholarship Fundraiser. This year’s event, “Taste of Back of the Yards,” featured dishes from a dozen local establishments, plus specialties created by parents from Lara Elementary and […]

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Comcast expands fiber network in Back of the Yards and Bridgeport

Businesses in Back of the Yards and Bridgeport can now take advantage of faster internet speeds due to a fiber optic network expansion spanning the two Southwest Side neighborhoods. Comcast announced the five mile fiber expansion at a breakfast held at Bridgeport Art Center Thursday, April 14. This new investment will give approximately 300 small […]

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Second Chance students shoot hoops with 9th District officers

Students from the Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance High School and 9th District Chicago Police officers came together for a friendly game of basketball on Thursday, April 7. The game was organized and planned by Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance students to build stronger relationships among neighborhood youth and 9th District Chicago Police […]

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Whiner Beer Company gears up for grand opening

For as long as he can remember, Brian Taylor has wanted to start his very own brewery and taproom. Soon that dream will come to fruition. Over the last couple years or so, Taylor and his business partner, Ria Neri have been steadily working to launch a new brewery at The Plant- Whiner Beer Company. […]

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Southwest Side business owners learn about economic development programs

Stockyard Industrial Park business owners enjoyed breakfast at Del Sur, 4559 S. Halsted, Thursday, Jan. 14 while learning about city economic development programs that could help them improve their businesses. Representatives from SomerCor and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) gave presentations on two different reimbursement programs: the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) […]

New smart thermostat initiative to bring savings to Northern Illinois

  People across Northern Illinois are now eligible for rebates on smart thermostats that can cut the cost of the devices in half, making the convenience and increased control of energy use more affordable. The smart thermostat rebate initiative, a partnership between local utilities and advocacy groups, is the largest effort of its kind in […]

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Public art collaborative interprets jail statistics

Built in 1929, the Cook County Jail is the largest jail in America.  According to Cook County Jail data, nearly 9,000 people are incarcerated daily in one of the eight divisions of the jail. Imposing four-story and two-story brick buildings sit at the center of  96 acres of territory.  Nearly 100,000 people are detained every year.  […]

Letter from BYNC President Craig Chico regarding the passing of Don Jose Zaragoza

August 12, 2015   Dear BYNC Friends, Family and Supporters: It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that today we lost a valued member of the BYNC family. Jose Zaragoza, our beloved Senior Shuttle Bus driver, lost his battle with late-stage cancer this morning. For over 20 years, Jose provided transportation to […]

Letter from BYNC President Craig Chico regarding the passing of Maestro Salvador Cisneros

August 12, 2015   Dear BYNC Friends, Family and Supporters: It is with much difficulty that I inform you of the untimely death of one of our most cherished and valued employees. Maestro Salvador Cisneros, who, over the course of his 18 year tenure at BYNC touched the lives of thousands of children, parents and […]