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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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Mama Nena’s: a hidden seafood gem

  When you drive down 43rd Street toward Ashland Avenue, the last thing you expect is to find a hidden seafood gem. Well, if you look carefully, just west of Ashland Avenue you will find Mama Nena’s Shrimp House. A nice little shack where you can taste a variety of fresh seafood; grilled or fried […]

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Back of the Yards Quality of Life Plan Job Fair

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Back of the Yards’ First 5K Race Dedicated to Victims of 9/11

It was a day of remembrance, as the first annual “United We Run, Healthy We Stand” 5K run commenced on Sunday, Sept. 11 with an opening ceremony dedicated to the lives lost in the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers 10 years ago. Gathered at the  Firemen’s Memorial in the Stockyards, the […]

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“The Plant” Owner John Edel Chooses Stockyards to House Industrial Vertical Farm

As the Stockyards continue to become a place for innovation and sustainability projects (Testa Produce opened a green distribution center earlier this year), John Edel, 41, has joined the movement, working in the neighborhood he has always found fascinating. He calls himself an industrial history buff and said that as a lifelong Chicagoan, understanding the […]