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Chicago to Eye Tiny Houses for the Homeless

Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) is urging the City Council to examine the feasibility of establishing a pilot program to provide “tiny houses” for Chicago’s homeless population. Alderman Burke is calling upon the Committee on Human Relations to hold public hearings to solicit testimony from groups such as the Citywide Task Force to Reduce Homelessness, an […]

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One Summer Chicago program kicks off citywide

Thousands of youth across the city began working part-time positions at sites in and around their neighborhoods Monday, June 29 as part of the city’s One Summer Chicago program. First launched in 2011, the youth summer jobs program provides valuable on-the-job training, mentorship and life skills classes to Chicago youth. Since its inception, the program […]

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City Council holds hearing on mental health issues, clinic closures

Mental health care advocates talk about Chicago’s mental health crisis during council hearing. “When are we going to get our opportunity to tell our truth?” yelled Veronica Morris-Moore from the back of City Council chambers. “When are we going to be heard?” That’s the question members of the Mental Health Movement have been asking of […]

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South Side museums announce new tourism initiative

Plans to create a Museum Campus South, the South Side’s own version of Grant Park’s Museum Campus were announced at a press conference on Thursday, July 24 at the DuSable Museum of African American History according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The concept was first introduced by Dr. Carol Adams, president of DuSable […]

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From Bridgeport to Little Village: Envisioning green spaces

*Scroll down to see slideshow Summer in Chicago is halfway over and Little Village remains scrambling for grassy parks and recreation spaces. The neighborhood has the least green space per resident in the city, as well as the youngest population, with 70 percent younger than 35 years old. Affected by abandoned former manufacturing sites, community […]

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Summer fun on a budget

Warm weather is finally upon us so get out with friends and family and enjoy the summer. And with dozens of free festivals, concerts, and park events for people of all ages, there is no shortage of low-cost opportunities for fun times across the city. Looking for a full day out on the town with […]

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Ald. Maldonado introduces ordinance allowing street food vendors to sell pre-cooked foods

A Northwest Side alderman has introduced a street vendor ordinance that would allow pushcart vendors to sell pre-cooked food in Chicago neighborhoods. The proposed ordinance, introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado, would expand the frozen desserts vendor license allowing vendors to sell an array of foods from carts and bicycles as long as the food is […]

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Filing claims on pothole damages

The rapid weather fluctuations are taking a toll on Chicago roads, leading to an early start of a severe pothole season across the city. Aside from dealing with the snowy and icy weather, vehicles are taking a harsh beating from the cracked concrete and asphalt. But if you are looking to point fingers for the […]

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Calles y Sueños: Historic Cultural Space Continues Legacy of Latino Art

The master of ceremonies, showing off a mischievous grin, readies his strike. Wielding a mahogany-toned Indiana Jones-style whip, the MC lashes the white rose’s thorny stem. It snaps in two. His sharp, black tuxedo’s long tail waves like a proud flag. Adrenaline is high as wide-eyed, excitable kids go wild. This was the evening’s star, […]

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McKinley Park Community Garden Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

The McKinley Park Community Garden (MPCG) hosted its first garden walk, a tour of the neighborhood gardens owned by local residents. The garden walk is just one of the many efforts of the McKinley Park Community Garden, a not-for-profit organic garden established last April. On Saturday Aug. 10, residents saw firsthand the lush vegetation of […]