News Archive

Business procurement session scheduled

Prairie State College will hold a Diversity Business Procurement information session and luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local, State, and Federal representatives will provide information businesses need to bid on government agencies’ projects. The event will be held at the Prairie State College Conference Center, 202 S. Halsted St. […]


Abolish TIFs now, the CivicLab urges; give the money to schools, parks, libraries

The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program in Chicago harms the blighted communities it was designed to help and benefits richer neighborhoods, officials of the CivicLab said in announcing a campaign to abolish TIFs.


Should Chicago keep e-scooter program going?

By Eva Hofmann Workers rounded up electric scooters for the last time on October 15, the final day of Chicago’s four-month dockless e-scooter pilot program. Community groups and scooter companies are asking to make the program permanent next year, but the jury is out on whether the new transportation mode has been good for the […]


With vaping crisis mounting, Illinois legislature weighs in

By Igor Studenkov Electronic cigarettes have raised controversy from the beginning. Supporters touted them as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes and a way to help smokers quit. Opponents questioned just how safe they were and worried about how manufacturers marketed such products to teens. The debate intensified in recent months, however, after the numbers of […]


Build Bronzeville initiative aims to improve community

By Andrew Adams The stretch of 51st Street around Prairie Avenue and the Green Line long has been the site of boarded up windows, chain link fences, and empty lots. That is changing, however, with the community initiative Build Bronzeville. Launched this year, Build Bronzeville is the brainchild of Bernard Lloyd and the staff of […]


Starbucks on track; lighting, alley, and street repairs planned

Editor’s Note: The “Update” section provides the latest information on news items that Gazette Chicago has covered in previous editions. Despite several delays, plans for a drive-through Starbucks at 31st and Halsted Streets still are in the works, 11th Ward staffers assured Gazette Chicago recently. “It’s safe to say the developer will be moving on […]


City promises to repair Fulton Market streetscaping bollards and pavers

By Rick Romano Damage to Fulton Market’s streetscaping upgrades, along Fulton Street between Halsted Street and Ogden Avenue, will not hinder progress toward enhancing the area’s rapid commercial and residential growth, said City and community organization officials. Workers completed phase one of the $20.3 million project late last year, but their efforts recently were marred […]


Affordable housing coming to Pilsen

Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez implemented for the first time the community driven zoning process, which he had promised the 25th Ward during his campaign, as part of planning new affordable housing slated for development at 1850 S. Racine Ave. in Pilsen. The Resurrection Project (TRP), whose mission is “to build relationships and challenge individuals to act […]


Encompassing Center, new West Side mental health clinic, opens

Four years in the making, a mental health clinic has opened that is free to all residents of the Near West Side, North Lawndale, and East and West Garfield Park communities. It exists thanks to property owners who voted in a 2016 referendum to increase their property taxes by $4 for every $1,000 they pay […]


Mayor Lightfoot makes no-fanfare visit at Smith Park

As Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot travels around the city, among the stops during her first 100 days in office was Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., to take in a baseball game. Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), Chicago Park District staff, and the Smith Park Advisory Council greeted Lightfoot on her visit, made while […]


Talk on miracle scheduled for Newman Center

A suburban Chicago mother and attorney helped in making John Henry Newman a saint. Melissa Villalobos will share the story of her miraculous healing through the intercession of St. John Henry Newman, a 19th century priest canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Oct. 13, when she makes a presentation at the St. John […]


PONY baseball gets new Chicago field director, seeks more players

By Dan Kolen PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) youth baseball this year picked up its only Chicago-based field director in Dan Ernst, a resident of West Pilsen. Beginning in 1951, PONY has a long history in the Chicago area and currently has more than 500,000 Little Leaguers in more than 4,000 leagues in the U.S. […]