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2nd Annual Shoe Giveaway

Local McDonald’s owner/operators, John and Carmen De Carrier and the Golden State Foods (GSF) Foundation partnered with Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) to provide more than 150 pairs of shoes for children in Back of the Yards through GSF Foundation’s Best Foot Forward program. The GSF foundation is a non-profit organization that helps […]

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BOTY teen launches tutoring program

It was the summer of 2016 during a family trip to Mexico when 18-year-old Back of the Yards resident Armando Pizano volunteered his time to tutor and mentor at Benito Juarez, a primary school in Irapuato Guanajuato (GTO). Little did Pizano know that his trip and ability to connect with others through this experience would […]

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CTA to Provide Free Train and Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve to encourage people heading out to celebrate the New Year to take transit and avoid driving. CTA will offer free rides on all buses and trains beginning 10 p.m. Sunday, December 31 until 4 a.m. Monday, January 1. MillerCoors’ Miller Lite is […]

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Illinois State Representative honored for passing law which allows nuns to visit detained immigrants

State Representative Daniel J. Burke (D-Chicago) was honored for passing legislation in Springfield allowing nuns and other members of religious communities to visit county prisons statewide to counsel the undocumented. The Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), an advocacy group founded by two Mercy nuns, bestowed the Political Courage Award on State Representative Burke at […]

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McKinley Park’s Razzmatazz & Chicago Indoor Sports welcome new General Manager

Located on Chicago’s South Side McKinley Park neighborhood, Razzmatazz is a 20,000-square foot indoor entertainment complex filled with games, attractions, and slides for adults and kids of all ages. Razzmatazz is open daily and hosts birthday parties and event outings for any group type. This entertainment center has over 80 games, Route 66 bowling, bouncy […]

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Back of the Yards celebrates first tree lighting ceremony

The blustery winds didn’t stop hundreds of Back of the Yards (BOTY) students and their families from decorating holiday trees for the first annual tree lighting ceremony. Organized by Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), the new neighborhood tradition was celebrated on the unseasonably warm Monday evening of Dec. 4. The celebration included the participation of […]

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23 years of dance with Ballet Folklorico

An audience of more than a thousand turned out for a show-stopping 23-year- anniversary performance of the BYNC Ballet Folklorico program, Sunday, Nov. 19. Held at Harris Theater in Millennium Park, the dances reflected the traditional culture of Mexico’s folk dance with choreography inspired by folkloric dances native to Oaxaca, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Michoacán, Tabasco […]

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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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BYNC Ballet Folklorico dancers join Chicago Sinfonietta for Arts in the Dark Parade

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Ballet Folklorico marched alongside the Chicago Sinfonietta and Build Chicago during the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade as part of the Chicago Sinfonietta Residents Orchestrate Project.  

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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 […]