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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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Esta Semana Santa, líderes católicos en Pilsen hablan de la reforma migratoria

La Pascua, la fiesta más importante del calendario católico, se celebra este año el 20 de abril — un año y nueve días después de que el Cardenal Francis George publicara una declaración oficial de la Arquidiócesis de Chicago en apoyo a la reforma inmigratoria. El propósito de esa declaración fue animar a la comunidad […]

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Nicaraguan-born printmaker shows satirical works at local gallery

Self-expression against corporate imperialists never gets old, and this time, the artist embraces a tradition of transgression and never gets his hands dirty. The Nicaraguan-born, Chicago-based printmaker Carlos Barberena’s provocatively-titled exhibition “In Greed We Trust,” substitutes our religious devotion (God with a capital ‘G’) with the destructive lust of one of the deadly sins (Greed […]

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Proposed heliport development moves forward

Updated March 21, 2014 Plans to bring a heliport to the Near South Side are moving forward following a unanimous vote by the Plan Commission to approve a zoning amendment Thursday afternoon. At the hearing residents from Bridgeport, Chinatown and Pilsen testified on both sides of the project.  Those in favor cited economic growth for the […]

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Four local sites named to preservation group’s ‘Chicago’s Seven Most Endangered’ list

A Chicago preservation organization recently released a list of what they consider to be the city’s most endangered historic properties.Known as Chicago’s Seven Most Endangered list, four of the seven sites named by Preservation Chicago are located in The Gate coverage communities of Pilsen, Little Village and McKinley Park.Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago […]

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Tenants fear landlord retaliation for home repairs

*Baja para leer este artículo en español. For Back of the Yards residents like Araceli, this winter has been exceptionally hard. She lives with her family in a small two-bedroom basement apartment that’s cold and humid with moldy spots growing in the kitchen and in parts of the bathroom. Araceli wants her landlord to replace the […]

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Pilsen metal shredder receives approval from city zoning board

  A proposed metal shredder in Pilsen was granted a special use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Friday, Feb. 21. The Pure Metal Recycling application was approved in a 3-0 unanimous vote, allowing the company to move forward in the process to establish a metal shredding facility near Cermak Road and Loomis […]

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New Pilsen bookstore offers books on a budget

Open Books, a Chicago area nonprofit known for its award-winning downtown bookstore and literacy programs, recently opened a new bookstore in its Pilsen warehouse at 905 W. 19th Street. The warehouse has a wide selection of children’s and adults books, with prices ranging from $1 to $3. Open Books also provides book grants to schools […]

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Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault on Chicago’s Near South Side

Chicago Helicopter Express has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from NoiseFree America for proposing a $12.5 million helipad, to be located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago’s Near South Side. The facility would include “helicopter landing and departure pads, a water taxi dock, and observation deck. The company’s helicopters would fly at 1,300 feet and mostly follow flight paths toward Lake Michigan […]

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Juarez students support a proposed recycling plant in Pilsen despite pollution concerns from local environmentalists

Students from Juarez High School braved single digit temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 6, to voice their support for a proposed recycling plant in Pilsen. The teens are members of the Youth Health Service Corps, a group that works with Rush University medical students to conduct health and wellness outreach throughout the neighborhood. According to the […]