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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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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 celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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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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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 […]

Comcast Foundation awards grant to BYNC’s Community Technology Center

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Comcast Foundation awards grant to BYNC’s Community Technology Center

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was recently awarded a $21,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support the Community Technology Center (CTC).  The Community Technology Center is an instructor-facilitated computer lab designed to assist neighborhood residents with necessary word processing, internet research, homework help and resume development/employment opportunities.  Through increasing the technological […]

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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 […]