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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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Fiesta Back of the Yards 2017

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, June 9, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), will host the 27th Annual “Fiesta Back of the Yards,”  a three-day street festival featuring live entertainment, rides & games, dozens of food vendors, Miss Back of the Yards and “Miss Belleza Chiquita” pageants, contest and talent show.  The festival […]

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New Economic Development Program Launches on the South and West Sides of Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced new resources designed to support thriving retail corridors across Chicago’s South, Southwest and West Sides. The Retail Thrive Zones initiative will invest an initial $16 million directly into commercial strips in eight neighborhoods, creating jobs and new amenities for neighborhood residents. “Neighborhood businesses are the heart of Chicago’s neighborhoods and […]

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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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BYNC launches fundraising campaign for longtime staff member

Calls and cards have been steadily streaming in to the BYNC office for a longtime staff member who was recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer. For more than 20 years, Jose Zaragoza, known as Don Jose to BYNC staff, has shuttled seniors in the area to their doctor’s appointments and to the grocery store as part […]

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Fiesta Back of the Yards celebrates 25 years

The aroma of chargrilled meats and the sounds of traditional Mexican music filled the air as thousands of people strolled 47th Street for the 25th annual Fiesta Back of the Yards June 12-14. Children and adults of all ages came out in droves for a full weekend of family fun complete with carnival rides and […]

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Building future basketball champions

Annual program teaches teamwork, builds community Last Saturday, July 12 all hands were on deck for the Hoops in the Hood program in Back of the Yards. Four local teams have signed up so far, representing different organizations and churches from throughout the community, including Holy Cross, St. Michael’s, Chicago Police Kids and Kops and […]

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Mayor Emanuel, community leaders announce launch of “Summer of Faith and Action”

Dozens of community and faith leaders joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning at the Garfield Park Field house to announce the kickoff of the “Summer of Faith and Action.” The anti-violence initiative, spearheaded by the Mayor’s office, asks pastors, community leaders, business owners and residents to organize events and activities in neighborhoods citywide to promote […]

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Back of the Yards coalition raises funds to put neighborhood youth through college

*To read in Spanish scroll down Para leer en español baja Every year the Peace and Education Coalition, an alliance of public schools, organizations and businesses in Back of the Yards, organizes its annual fundraiser aimed to support local students throughout college. This year is not the exception. The coalition has been busy putting together […]