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Community leaders, residents come out in support of Emanuel’s call for peace

Before the start of Memorial Day weekend, community leaders and residents across the city joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a series of orchestrated peace events on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24. The events were part of a new campaign called Chicago Summer of Faith and Action where residents and neighborhood youth, along with prominent civic […]

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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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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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Davis Square Park Gets New Soccer Field

The Chicago Park District was joined by Chicago-area youth athletes, coaches, a consortium of public-private donors and elected officials on Nov. 10 to celebrate the grand opening of the new artificial turf soccer field at Davis Square Park as part of the Take the Field initiative. Take the Field joins public and private resources to […]

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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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Back of the Yards Residents March Against Domestic Violence

The cold and rainy night on Thursday, Oct. 20, did not stop the approximately 30 Back of the Yards residents, community organizers and police officers that gathered for a neighborhood walk against domestic violence. Participants wore purple ribbons, carried  signs and balloons, and chanted messages against domestic violence. They walked through several streets in Back […]