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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. […]

SLCC files freedom of information request as One Central Station questions remain

It has been roughly six months since Landmark Development’s One Central proposal, and the logistics of the mixed-use mega-development remain controversial.

City Council approves Kinzie Corridor changes

By Igor Studenkov The Chicago City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 18 to change the Kinzie Industrial Corridor’s zoning. The corridor’s section between Ashland and Ogden Avenues now is open to a wider range of uses, and its remaining portion is open to more commercial businesses while retaining its largely industrial character. The full council […]

Protecting the public is a challenge in the new era of legal cannabis

By Eva Hofmann Legalizing cannabis is more complicated than large tax revenues and being able to buy an ounce of marijuana. Now that Illinois is making recreational marijuana legal, many questions arise: What public health issues will develop now that we can study the drug’s impact? How will the state prevent access and availability to […]

Sweet Maple Café celebrates 20 years of providing home-made deliciousness

By William S. Bike Sweet Maple Café during October celebrates 20 years of providing delicious down-home breakfasts and lunches not only to people who live and work around the Little Italy/University of Illinois at Chicago community, but from throughout the city and to international figures including Barack Obama. Located at 1339 W. Taylor St., the […]

Large crowds, protesters greet Mayor Lightfoot at budget town hall meetings

By Nathan Worcester Nine o’clock on a Saturday morning might seem early for a public meeting. Indeed, as the minutes ticked down to the scheduled budget town hall with Mayor Lori Lightfoot at Roberto Clemente Community Academy on Sept. 14, the high school’s cavernous auditorium was half empty. Yet by the time Mayor Lightfoot started […]

Still little movement on Roosevelt Square redevelopment

The last several months have seen no movement concerning the ongoing plans to redevelop the former ABLA Homes public housing site into the Roosevelt Square mixed-income development. In the mid-1990s, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) embarked on the ambitious Plan for Transformation to replace highrise developments with lower rise, mixed income developments offering a mix […]

Columbus Day endangered in Chicago and elsewhere

By Rick Romano More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the long-celebrated Chicago holiday in his honor could be headed to dry dock. Efforts to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day are in the works. Those favoring this change cite historians who have uncovered egregious […]

Construction underway for co-living space Common Addams

A partnership between CityPads, a real estate development firm, and Common, a residential company, is constructing Common Addams, a “co-living space” at 1407 W. 15th St. across from Addams/Medill Park. Common has five such spaces in and around Chicago. A co-living space offers a form of housing in which residents typically have their own bedroom and […]

Bank of America Chicago Marathon scheduled for Oct. 13

Runners will compete in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13. The marathon will take runners through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. The race will welcome more than 40,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, including elite runners, regional runners, debut marathoners, and charity runners, who obtain sponsors and will […]

Grant will fund pediatric cancer care at UI Health

A unique paint job adorned the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe parked at UI Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago—colorful handprints from children who have cancer decorated the car. These youngsters, who are receiving care at UI Health, dipped their hands in blue, green, and red paint and left a lasting impression on the […]

Dance Through the Decades event scheduled

The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association and Xplosive Sounds Entertainment will present the second annual Taylor Street reunion, Dance Through the Decades, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 Union Hall, 2260 S. Grove St., from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $75 and include food and liquor; those […]