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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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BYNC BYNC President Craig Chico appointed to Cook County Latino Advisory Council

  On Friday, June 13, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the formation of a new Latino Advisory Council composed of a diverse group of leaders who will help the county develop a strategy to better engage, serve, and connect with the Latino community, which represents 24 percent of the total population in Cook […]

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Peace and Education Coalition honors community leaders at scholarship fundraiser

Local youth, residents, service providers and stakeholders came together in celebration of the 17th annual Dare to Dream scholarship fundraiser held at the National Museum of Mexican Art on Tuesday May 8. The Peace and Education Coalition highlighted the success stories of Back of the Yards students and raised money to assist other neighborhood youth […]

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Back of the Yards coalition raises funds to put neighborhood youth through college

*To read in Spanish scroll down Para leer en español baja Every year the Peace and Education Coalition, an alliance of public schools, organizations and businesses in Back of the Yards, organizes its annual fundraiser aimed to support local students throughout college. This year is not the exception. The coalition has been busy putting together […]

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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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New library opens in Back of the Yards

The new Back of the Yards Library official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday, Aug. 7. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) President Craig Chico, neighborhood residents and other officials were in attendance. The new library is co-located on the new, state-of-the-art Back […]

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BYNC President Craig Chico Receives NHS Neighborhood Leadership Award

The Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago held their annual meeting and 3rd Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Gathered at the Garfield Park Conservatory, seven leaders of seven neighborhoods around the city were honored with the Neighborhood Leadership Award, an award given to those who are dedicated, committed and have inspired the communities […]

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New Back of the Yards High School Update

Searching for a principal, drawing school boundaries CPS officials gave the green light for the hiring of the new Back of the Yards IB high school principal, but the process seems to be extending to mid October. Community residents and school principals met with CPS officials on Wednesday, Aug. 8 to go over the timeline […]

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Back of the Yards Remains in the Middle of a Ward Puzzle. Now What?

After a number of public hearings, map proposals and residents’ plea for unification, Back of the Yards’ newly drawn ward division brought disappointment to many. BYNC president Craig Chico believes the neighborhood lacked a representing voice when decisions were made behind closed doors. “I think [Back of the Yards] was the unfortunate victim of lack […]

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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 […]