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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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Ballet Folklorico dancers win big in national competition

Two busloads of BYNC Ballet Folklorico dancers brought home more than a dozen awards from the 2016 ACADEZ (Academia de la Danza Amalia Hernandez) National Folklorico/ Contemporary Dance Competition in early April. Around 100 dancers from across the Southwest Side participated in the competition, which was held in San Antonio April 8-9 at the Scottish […]

2016 Illinois 6th District Candidate Questionnaires

Four candidates are vying for late State Rep. Esther Golar’s seat on March 15. The Gate sent questionnaires to each of the four candidates and received responses from all of them. Read their responses below to learn more about their backgrounds and positions on the issues before you cast your ballot. Responses have been edited […]

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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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The Port Ministries expands its reach under new leadership

When the boiler went out at Back of the Yards’ Port Ministries earlier this month, programming came to a screeching halt while Director David Gonzalez and others worked to identify solutions. Two out of the three ministry buildings were completely cut off from heat and the organization began a massive fundraising campaign that received coverage […]