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Meet Juan(ito) Doe Review

I walked into the small storefront turned “story front,” and a sense of wonder immediately washed over me. Shopping carts, bikes, cortinas, altares, and chile jalapeño cans doubling as flower pots and walls were all suspended from painted grey- brick walls. The small space which I had visited before, had become an ingeniously envisioned and […]

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BOTY Coffeehouse and Roastery give back to the community

Owners of Back of the Yards Coffee House and Roastery, Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iniguez presented their first donation award to the Kids Cafe program of Casa Romero on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sr. Angie Kolancinski from Holy Cross, received the $500 donation. Kids Cafe of Casa Romero is an after-school program that serves the youth […]

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Seward students counter narrative in BOTY

Growing up in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood, you can expect the scent of Fabuloso or PineSol to be paired with music-especially on weekends-like it’s a ritual. “Every time I hear music coming from a house I think that their mom or their dad is making them clean or something,” said Nancy Mejia, 12. Mejia is […]

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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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TAMED: An Interview with Oaxacan artist Ricardo Angeles

Oaxacan artist, Ricardo Angeles spent the month of September working on canvases in preparation for his first solo gallery opening at Pilsen Outpost. TAMED, the show’s name is a play on the restrictions he gave himself while preparing his artwork for the show. There were days when the weather was perfect to go out and […]

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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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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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Chicago to Eye Tiny Houses for the Homeless

Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) is urging the City Council to examine the feasibility of establishing a pilot program to provide “tiny houses” for Chicago’s homeless population. Alderman Burke is calling upon the Committee on Human Relations to hold public hearings to solicit testimony from groups such as the Citywide Task Force to Reduce Homelessness, an […]