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Elevating youth voices: “We are part of the solution”

When we were assigned to work the DACA project through the One Summer Chicago jobs program, we weren’t sure what to expect. Citlali Sandoval, 18, and myself (Xitlali Lopez, 18) grew up in Back of the Yards but were brought here from Mexico by our parents as children. Throughout our lives, we were raised to […]

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Op-Ed: El futuro del barrio, está en nuestras manos

The future of the neighborhood is in our hands My parents immigrated to Chicago in the early ‘90s when they were teenagers and, like many immigrants before them, they decided to settle in Back of the Yards. At the age of 16, my mother gave birth to me at St. Anthony Hospital. My dad worked […]

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Richards Career Academy celebrates first-ever Gates Millennium Scholar

Getting scholarships for college has become increasingly competitive, and the Gates Millennium scholarship is no exception. Richards Career Academy Senior Demareo Jones, 18, was recently awarded the prestigious award that will cover tuition expenses all the way to the doctorate level for students pursuing coursework in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The application process took […]

Davis Square Park baseball diamonds get facelifts

The opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime has been revived in Davis Square Park following the completion of a Cubs Charities-funded facelift.  Members of the community, the Back of the Yards College Prep baseball team, Davis Square Park leagues and a number of public officials gathered Thursday, May 27 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate […]

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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) […]