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Avondale Leaders Blast City For ‘Rushing’ Redevelopment Of Belmont Triangle: ‘Slow The Process … Our Area’s Culture Depends On It’

AVONDALE — Community leaders are urging the city to give neighbors more time to weigh in on plans to redevelop Avondale’s Belmont Triangle and ensure what’s built at the site doesn’t accelerate rapid gentrification in the area. The city’s Department of Planning and Development is working...
CHICAGO, IL

Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Ward Superintendent Fired While Facing Federal Machine Gun Investigation

JEFFERSON PARK — A Northwest Side ward superintendent facing federal charges for allegedly attempting to sell an illegal machine gun has been fired from his job. Charles Sikanich, Ald. Jim Gardiner’s ward superintendent who oversaw sanitation services in the 45th Ward, was fired from the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, spokesperson Mimi Simon told Block Club.
COOK COUNTY, IL

Local Photographers To Be Featured At Pullman Art Gallery, Starting With Opening Night Reception This Week

PULLMAN — Local artists are coming together for a photography show this weekend in Pullman. Pullman-based photographer Soren Spicknall is collaborating with other photographers for “As Stewarded – Photographic Stories of the Built Environment.” The exhibition will kick off with a reception 6-10 p.m. Friday at PullmanArt’s Block House Gallery at 11137 S. Langley Ave.
CHICAGO, IL

Mount Carmel High School, One Of Chicago’s Few Remaining Catholic All-Boys Schools, Is Considering Going Coed

WOODLAWN — Mount Carmel High School — one of the few remaining Catholic all-boys schools in Chicago — is considering going coed. The school’s Board of Members, which includes Carmelite clergy, as well as its mostly lay Board of Directors are set to meet separately Aug. 9 and 10 to make the decision, according to a message from the school. They’ll host five in-person and online listening sessions with community members, as well.
CHICAGO, IL

Infant Girl Fatally Shot In South Shore

SOUTH SHORE — A baby girl was fatally shot Friday night near Rainbow Beach Park in South Shore, police said. The shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. in the 7700 block of S. South Shore Drive, police said. The baby was inside a car when another car pulled alongside and...
CHICAGO, IL

Car Fire On DuSable Lake Shore Drive Snarls Afternoon Rush Hour Traffic; Driver Uninjured

CHICAGO — North Side traffic on DuSable Lake Shore Drive gridlocked Friday afternoon after a car caught fire in the middle of the road. The fire broke out in a car the southbound lanes near Belmont Avenue, according to a Block Club reporter who witnessed it. Fire crews could be seen dousing the car, which was lodged up against the guardrail. At one point, there was an explosion inside the car.
CHICAGO, IL

How Chicagoans Can Help People In Nearby States (And Here) Access Safe Abortions

CHICAGO — The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending abortion protections and touching off protests around the country, including in Chicago. It has been known since early May the Supreme Court had voted to overturned Roe v. Wade, but the nation’s highest court did not officially release its decision until Friday morning. About half of states are expected to quickly ban abortions, and experts have said millions of people will soon live in abortion “deserts” where they cannot access care.
CHICAGO, IL

What Roe V. Wade Being Overturned Means For Illinois

CHICAGO — The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending decades of abortion protections in the United States. But Chicago and Illinois officials have vowed to protect reproductive health care locally and turn the city into a “haven” where people from out of state can travel for safe abortions.
CHICAGO, IL

With Roe V. Wade Overturned, Illinois And Chicago Leaders Mobilize To Protect Abortion Rights

CHICAGO — The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending abortion protections and touching off protests around the country, including in Chicago. It has been known since early May the Supreme Court had voted to overturned Roe v. Wade, but the nation’s highest court did not officially share its decision until Friday morning. About half of states are expected to quickly ban abortions, and experts have said millions of people will soon live in abortion “deserts” where they cannot access care.
CHICAGO, IL

After Fire Destroys Morgan Park Family’s Home, Loved Ones Raising Money To Help Injured Couple Heal

MORGAN PARK — A family who’s lived in Morgan Park for nearly 50 years needs help after they lost their home in a fire that left two people severely injured. The family’s house at 10801 S. Prospect Ave. caught fire June 18, displacing Anthony and Laura Cordero — who had lived there since 1974 — and their two great-nephews. The Corderos, who are visually impaired, were severely injured as they escaped the fire. They remain hospitalized on ventilators with second-degree burns, said their great-niece, Kira Andrews.
CHICAGO, IL

TaKorea Cocina Closing Sunday After 3 Years In Ukrainian Village — But Entire Staff Hired At Nearby Restaurant

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant TaKorea Cocina will close Sunday after almost three years in business. The restaurant at 1022 N. Western Ave. offers bulgogi steak tacos, kimchi burgers, rice bowls and more. Owner Robert Magiet, who has become known for charity work around the city, said the decision to close came down to ultimately not having enough business to support his family and staff.
CHICAGO, IL

Uptown Tent Camp Moved So City Can Repair Viaduct After Fires, But Residents Say ‘We’re Going Back’

UPTOWN — Residents of a tent encampment under a DuSable Lake Shore Drive viaduct in Uptown have moved as the city fixes the area, which has been damaged by fires. The residents left the Lawrence Avenue viaduct Tuesday, when crews with the Chicago Department of Transportation started cleaning up and repairing the infrastructure after two fires at the encampment.
CHICAGO, IL