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Call for Volunteers and Donations for UHSC Urban Gardening Initiative

The United Human Service Center, UHSC urban and farming initiative is still looking for volunteers and supply donations. The garden is located at 1809 W 51st Street in Back of the Yards neighborhood. UHSC is in need of the following: Lawn Mower, Weed Whacker, Compost and Soil, Seeds, Wheel Barrows, Watering Holes, Tiller, Shovels, Thatch […]

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Public School Art Exhibit

Free and open to the public, this exhibit opened on February 26th from 3-5 pm at the Hyde Park Arts Center. The opening highlighted various interactive activities with guests. Included was a silkscreening workshop led by William Estrada from the Chicago ACT collective from 12-5 p.m. 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

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Spring Training

The Garfield Park Conservatory is now showing their 2017 Flower Show Spring Training. It incorporates icons of Wrigley Field! Mixed in, you can find a few foul poles, iconic ivy-covered walls, and ‘W’ win flags. The show opened February 18th and will run through May 14 at 5 p.m. The Garfield Park Conservatory is free […]

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Best of Yollo

Held at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Best Of Yollo show is a collection of work by the young people of Yollocalli Arts Reach. The opening is on March 24 from 5-8 p.m. and runs through Aug. 13. It is free and family friendly. 1852 W. 19th Street.

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 […]

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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Adult education thrives in Back of the Yards

More than a decade ago, Veronica Ocampo’s oldest child began Head Start and Ocampo found an amazing program” that helped her achieve a lifelong dream: to go to college. Today, Ocampo is studying early childhood development at Harold Washington College and teaching with the UIC Center for Literacy’s Family Start Learning and Support Services, better […]

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Six things everyone should know before going to a pawn store

*Courtesy of the National Pawnbrokers Association 1. What does a pawn store do? Pawn stores offer loans, secured by something of value. The pawn store may have other business elements such as retail sales. However, pawnbrokers focus on lending money. 2. How does a pawn loan work? Customers bring in an item of value, and […]

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Eight in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid

  A new report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage […]