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Villapalooza

For the fifth year, Villapalooza will be packed with acclaimed artists and local legends. Come enjoy music, drinks, food, and goodies from local vendors. Villapalooza invites Little Village and the greater Chicago community to the last summer hoorah! September 5th, 12 – 10 p.m.  26th St. and Central Park, Free. For more information visit Villapalooza.org Volviendo […]

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Ald. Muñoz faces three challengers in the 22nd Ward race

The 22nd Ward sits in most of South Lawndale/ Little Village area and covers small parts of Garfield Park and Archer Heights. The Ward is comprised of mostly Hispanic immigrants and Mexican Americans with a median household income of $28,949. In recent years, environmentalists from the 22nd and 25th Wards worked together to close the Fisk power […]

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Local painter JoeMama brings whimsy to life on the SW Side

Joseph Mora welcomes me to his studio on 69th and Pulaski, where his paintings are displayed like colorful offerings in a shrine. The studio is his parent’s living room. And kitchen and bathroom and basement. His markers, paint tubs, half-finished canvases, silk screens and rubber squeegees are sprinkled throughout the house, which is already full […]

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Gangs and drugs in Little Village: Media Hype vs. Reality

*This story was produced as part of a fellowship with the Social Justice News Nexus at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. To read the original version go to SJNN.org Baja para leer este artículo en español. It’s Friday night in Little Village. The wind occasionally carries distant laughter or the tan-tan of […]

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Foreclosures down in Chicago but Southwest Side lags

Foreclosure filings are down by a third in Chicago, but the housing recovery is slower on the South and Southwest Sides, according to a new report from the Woodstock Institute. One factor could be additional challenges faced by undocumented homeowners in obtaining loan modifications, local housing counselors say. But community organizations that provide free foreclosure prevention […]

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Little Village event highlights health needs for uninsured residents

*updated 08/20/2014 The Brazilian ubiquitous summer jam “Ai se eu te pego” blared from massive speakers in the parking lot of one of three Esperanza health centers. Its seductive catchiness was the sounding alarm at the start of the fifth annual “Esperanza Extravaganza” on Sunday, Aug. 10. A health fair, the Extravaganza served the Southwest […]

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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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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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Drogas y pandillas en La Villita: Una vista desde la base

Scroll down to read the English Version Traducido por Monica Reynoso *¿Cuáles son las implicaciones de justicia social de la guerra contra las drogas, del tráfico de drogas en las fronteras y en los barrios empobrecidos, los tipos o la falta de opciones de tratamiento para la drogadicción? El Social Justice News Nexus, un proyecto […]

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22nd Ward completes first participatory budgeting cycle

Residents of the 22nd Ward cast their ballots during their first year of participatory budgeting (PB), from May 1 through May 6. The results were announced Thursday, May 8. According to an official count by the 22nd Ward office, 132 votes were cast in favor of street resurfacing at a cost of $400,000, following the […]