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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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BOYCP students put on their own rendition of Hamilton

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School auditorium (which doubles as one of the city’s public libraries) and found an open seat next to a smiling Abuelita and her grandson. Soon, flickering lights signaled the […]

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Spoil Mom This Weekend Without Breaking The Bank!

CHECK OUT CHICAGO’S MUSEUM FREE-DAYS Museum of Contemporary Art (free second Saturday of the month) Smart Museum of Art (Always free) DuSable Museum of African American History (free Sundays) McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum (free Sundays, opening May 13) Garfield Park Conservatory (always free) PACK A PICNIC AND EXPLORE ONE OF THE CITY’S BEAUTIFUL […]

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Story-Collecting Storefront in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO, IL – “Chicago is a city where Mexicans are everywhere, we’ve been here and contributed so much to this city, but you really wouldn’t know it by looking at mainstream media or textbooks,” says Ricardo Gamboa, activist, director and playwright behind Meet Juan(ito) Doe, a play about Chicago’s Mexican-American and immigrant community. […]

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An Open Letter to Young Brown Girls Everywhere

Dear Brown Girl, You see everything. You notice people around you growing and changing, because you are perceptive. Keep that. Trust your instincts. This world will tell you that feelings are not real and that logic trumps all of that, but know that those feelings are generationally taught. You’ve inherited an eye and an instinct […]

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Chavez Elementary raises the bar

With support from parents, school faculty and community partnerships, Chavez students are achieving high levels of academic success and the news is making many proud. A little over 26 percent of Chávez eighth grade students were notified of their acceptance into various selective enrollment high schools across Chicago in early March. The selective enrollment high […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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Healing Through Art, Love & Peace Circles at PBMR

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you open the door at Art on 51st.  It is a quaint and cozy gallery space that is utilized for multiple purposes. There is a lot of noise in the room from different voices conversing as they get ready to have the  Restorative Justice Community […]