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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 […]

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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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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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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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Farmers Market Encourages Healthy Eating in BOTY

On 51st and Wood are a corner/liquor store, several brick apartment buildings, and a busy intersection. There are no grocery stores located on the block, with only several in the neighborhood. But fast food restaurants and corner stores are still more accessible than produce stores. Yet, at this intersection is a local community garden that […]

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One Summer in Back of the Yards

  BYNC launched Hoops in the Hood on Saturday, July 8th with a registration event at the Back of the Yards College Preparatory. Former Chicago Bulls player, Dave Corzine gave tips and pointers to the young players. The DePaul basketball crew, LISC Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the 9th District Police were there in support of […]

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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. […]