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BOTY Coffeehouse and Roastery give back to the community

Owners of Back of the Yards Coffee House and Roastery, Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iniguez presented their first donation award to the Kids Cafe program of Casa Romero on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sr. Angie Kolancinski from Holy Cross, received the $500 donation. Kids Cafe of Casa Romero is an after-school program that serves the youth […]

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Farmers Market Encourages Healthy Eating in BOTY

On 51st and Wood are a corner/liquor store, several brick apartment buildings, and a busy intersection. There are no grocery stores located on the block, with only several in the neighborhood. But fast food restaurants and corner stores are still more accessible than produce stores. Yet, at this intersection is a local community garden that […]

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Ruido Fest Interview with Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is a Gothic soul-pop band from Detroit Michigan. Jessica Hernandez is a second generation Cuban and Mexican American. Hernandez studied at Columbia College and still spends time in Chicago. This year was her first time performing at Ruido Fest, an annual Latin Alternative music festival on its 3rd year. She performed […]

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One Summer in Back of the Yards

  BYNC launched Hoops in the Hood on Saturday, July 8th with a registration event at the Back of the Yards College Preparatory. Former Chicago Bulls player, Dave Corzine gave tips and pointers to the young players. The DePaul basketball crew, LISC Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the 9th District Police were there in support of […]

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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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A Back of the Yards West Point Story

Sitting upright with perfect posture in his living room sofa chair, Back of the Yards College Prep (BOYCP) Senior Zorian Flowers described how, like many before him, a book helped shape and inspire his future.  Flowers, 17, was recently accepted into the prestigious United States Military Academy known as West Point.  He credits Battle Dress, […]

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Parents of Hedges pave way for future generations

The aroma of pickled jalapenos filled the room at Hedges Elementary as a group of mothers chatted while they finished breakfast. The Padres de Hedges convene every day while their children attend class to plan school projects, patrol the school grounds and inform parents of community resources. The group formed about 25 years ago when […]

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Note from our publisher: Reflecting on five years of print and the future of The Gate

Dear Readers, It’s been a great five plus years of The Gate. We’ve reported on elections, presidents, governors, mayors, aldermen and elected officials. We’ve reported on redistricting, a new high school and police commanders. We’ve reported on immigration, fiestas, artisans and economic development. Most of all, we have told stories about the people of the […]

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Godfather Under Investigation: “Insider’s Point of View”

A Back of the Yards resident has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He’s been arrested twice. In one of the charges, there are two minors. In the second charge, there are three. He also has been arrested for threatening one of the witnesses. The resident has allegedly shared […]

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NHS of Chicago’s New Convenient Online Class Designed to Help First-Time Homebuyers Achieve Homeownership Dreams

Buying a new home is no walk in the park. There are many challenges future homeowners have to face before the purchase, like learning about credit and how to budget for the biggest purchase of their lives. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, a HUD-certified counseling agency, has the solution to this problem by offering both […]