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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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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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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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Start your summer fest season with Fiesta Back of the Yards

For more than 20 years, thousands of people have flocked to 47th Street for the annual Fiesta Back of the Yards and this June, the tradition continues. The annual festival features activities for the entire family, including talent shows, clowns, carnival rides, food and the BYNC’s award-winning Ballet Folklorico dancers. Food vendors will serve traditional […]

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Volunteers team up to beautify the community

More than 100 volunteers spent their Saturday morning beautifying the neighborhood on April 26 as a part of Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gathered at the new Back of the Yards high school where they selected from three different projects, including litter clean-up, painting over graffiti, and tree and […]

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Affordable Care Act update from the BYNC ACA outreach coordinator

1. With less than 1 month left before ACA open enrollment closes, what should consumers know? Consumers need to know March 31st is the last day to select a plan from the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides a new tax credit to help consumers afford health coverage purchased through the Marketplace. According to the […]

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BYNC annual toy giveaway brings smiles to local children

Hundreds of Back of the Yards families braved the cold weather on Saturday, Dec. 14 to pick up the presents Santa had lined up for their children this holiday season. Since Friday afternoon, the staff at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) had been decorating the second floor of Davis Square Park, for […]

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A letter from the BYNC president

  This year the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council will embark on its 75th year of service, giving us a chance to reflect on the past, think about the present and plan for the future. This milestone is a reminder of how influential the organization has been throughout the years. The BYNC was formed […]

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Reflecting on 75 years of impact

Milestone marks a journey from organizing to service delivery in an immigrant community The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, a community organization that became a model for other neighborhood councils across the country, is celebrating its 75 years of service this year. The organization was first founded out of a vision to empower residents […]

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BYNC celebrates its 75 year anniversary

Seventy-five years ago, a professional community organizer by the name of Saul Alinsky and supervisor of Davis Square Park, Joseph Meegan, united under a common vision- to organize the many ethnic enclaves, parishes and social clubs of the Back of the Yards community. It was through this shared vision of improving access to social services […]