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Free Fitness Week at Chicago Parks

Kick off the New Year in great shape by working out for free from Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, to Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at any of the Chicago Park District’s citywide fitness centers, fitness classes, or pools during lap swim. Registration is required. All activities are first come, first served based on availability. “We hope to inspire Chicagoans […]


Redevelopment plan calls for $22.9 million investment in Ramova Theater for live entertainment, dining venue

The first of what Ald. Patrick Thompson (11th) promises will be a series of community meetings on plans to create a major entertainment venue out of the long-shuttered Ramova Theatre and adjoining grill received a positive reception from most of the approximately 200 Bridgeport residents at a Nov. 19 meeting at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 652 W. 37th St.


New Vision Plan addresses parking in Chinatown area

By Susan Fong The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) is completing its audit of a parking study as a part of the Chinatown Vision Plan (CVP), after publishing an early walkability study in 2017. Both studies form part of the CVP unveiled in 2015, as parking and walkability go together as key […]


UIC lecture focuses on social media and mental health

By David Warren Will you finish reading this article before checking your phone to read the newest notification? Who but the most disciplined person can resist the distraction? While most of us know we are in an anxious new world of social media, few know how good or bad this world really is for our […]


Bridgeport Alliance discusses community issues and development at recent meeting

By Rodrigo Hernandez Bridgeport Alliance, a grassroots community organization, hosted a community development forum at Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St. on Oct. 30. Martin A. Gleason, Cook County juvenile probation officer and member of the alliance, helped organize the forum and facilitated small group discussions. Before the forum, Gleason shared his insight. Bridgeport Alliance […]


Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata Parish holds last Mass; St. Jerome to be new home

By Nathan Worcester Hundreds of people on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, processed along South Princeton Avenue, led by the Rev. Ivica Majstorovic and the Rev. Antonio Musa. They had gathered together to escort a statue of St. Lucy, or Santa Lucia, from Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata Parish, also known as St. Lucy’s, 3022 […]


Rev. William McFarlane returned to ministry; parishioners want him reinstated as pastor

By Nathan Worcester The Rev. William McFarlane, a priest at Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, has returned to the parish after church officials asked him to step aside in July 2019 when the Archdiocese of Chicago received an allegation of sexual abuse dating to 1997. The allegation concerned events that predate his […]


Public housing tenants, supporters voice concerns about security, mold, repairs

By Nathan Worcester The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Center at 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Bronzeville recently hosted a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tenants townhall meeting. HUD housing residents in Chicago voiced concerns about security, repairs, mold, and management to HUD’s Chicago multifamily hub director Daniel J. Burke and other […]


Alderman Cardenas combating gang houses, addressing sanitation issues

By Rodrigo Hernandez In the 12th Ward, Alderman George Cardenas is working to reduce gang activity and improve sanitation. Samie Martinez, chief of staff for Cardenas’s ward office, gave Gazette Chicago an update on gang activity in the ward, which covers Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Little Village, and a portion of Back of the Yards. […]


West Loop Innovations to develop therapeutics as UIC expands it translational research

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Deerfield Management have established West Loop Innovations LLC, to help accelerate commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC. Deerfield will provide up to $65 million in translational research funding and commercialization expertise to advance promising UIC discoveries. “One of our core competencies at UIC is drug discovery,” said […]


Chicago Lions, Chicago Hope open Nollman Field for rugby on Polk St.

By Amy Rothblatt The Chicago Lions Charitable Association (CLCA) and its Chicago Lions Rugby Club, and Chicago Hope Academy, celebrated the opening of a new rugby field at 2637 W. Polk St. during a day-long Reveal the Field event on Sept. 21. The celebration included rugby games played by clubs, neighborhood residents who had started […]


From the Publisher

Dear Gazette Chicago readers and advertisers:

More than a decade ago, Gazette Chicago would occasionally skip the January issue. By doing so, we were able to give our hard-working staff of reporters, designers, and advertising sales representatives’ some well-deserved time off during the holiday season.