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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 […]

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McKinley Park Resident Turns 100, Shows Grace with Age

Sitting placidly in her living room of 65 years, Marie Pasinski, who is turning 100 years old today, greeted me as if she knew me her whole life. Pasinski is a small and cheerful woman. She speaks loud and clear and moves slow but steady. She goes to church every Sunday and takes pride on […]

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BYNC Sponsoring Networking Events and Classes in 2012

As a way to help the local business community, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) will be sponsoring several networking events in 2012. Kicking off the series will be an event held at Restaurante Sabores, 1922 W. 47th St. on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Sabores, the newest restaurant on 47th St, will […]

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Residents’ Ideas Drive Next Steps in Quality of Life Plan for Back of the Yards

Back of the Yards residents are gearing up for the next phase of a sweeping endeavor to transform the quality of life for people in the neighborhood – including a public meeting scheduled for Jan. 25 to talk about next steps in the effort. The Back of the Yards Quality of Life Planning Process drew […]

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BYNC Launches Early Action Project for Quality of Life Plan

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), launched an early action project as part of the Great Neighborhoods Community Planning initiative last Saturday Nov. 12. Its overall purpose is to engage residents, business owners, institutions and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life in […]

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Public Workshop: Strategies to Improve the Quality of Life in Back of the Yards

To tackle some of the most troublesome issues affecting the Back of the Yards, members of the community came together for a public workshop the afternoon of Wednesday Sept. 21. Greeted with popcorn and bottled waters, over 80 attendees made their way to the second floor of Davis Square Park to take part in a […]

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BYNC CEO Craig Chico Receives Humanitarian Service Award

lllinois Secretary of State Jesse White honored Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) President & CEO Craig Chico with the Humanitarian Service Award; the award recognized Chico for his dedication and many contributions to the Back of the Yards community. Having many years of community service experience, Chico has been enhancing the Back of […]

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United We Run, Healthy We Stand: Back of the Yards’ First 5K Run

Promoting healthy habits among families in our communities could change the lives of many residents and children with obesity issues. During a local LSC meeting in Back of the Yards, I heard a parent complaining about her obese child as she argued that having P.E. once a week was not enough. After hearing similar complaints […]