April 2013

Federal and City officials team with community to fight Pilsen pollution

From lead-contaminated soil to respiratory illness–inducing air pollutants, Pilsen’s industrial past and present have created problematic environmental and health issues for area residents.


British School plans altered; reaction mixed

Approximately 25 people, including Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward), braved the March 5 snowstorm to hear updates about the proposed British School coming to the South Loop’s Roosevelt Collection, a McCaffery Interests project.


Roosevelt Square gets OK to construct two apartment buildings

With Ald. Danny Solis (25th Ward) and Jason Ervin (28th Ward) saying they will endorse construction of two apartment buildings with a combined 120 units, Roosevelt Square construction is almost set to resume.


Fewer than expected, but some local schools to be closed by CPS

Many Chicago Public Schools in this area previously on the list for closing were spared when the CPS announced on March 21 that it would shut down 61 buildings, end 54 school programs, and consolidate some programs.


Bridgeport food distribution center worries residential neighbors

Bridgeport residents have voiced concern over the opening of a food distribution facility in the middle of a residential area at 34th Street and Normal Avenue.


World class fencing coming to UIC community in May

You don’t have to wait until 2016 or fly to Rio de Janeiro to see the excitement of an Olympic-worthy fencing competition. Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medal winners and future champion contenders will gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) next month to compete in the Absolute Fencing Chicago Sabre World Cup, Friday through Sunday, May 3 through 5.


St. Paul-Our Lady of Vilna Catholic School to close this June

St. Paul-Our Lady of Vilna Catholic School will close its doors June 12. The school, located at 2114 W. 22nd Pl. in Pilsen, has been in operation for more than a century. It won awards for excellence at the World Columbian Exposition of 1892—the same year it was built.


Diabetes Expo; Suicide Prevention; Tax Help

More than 300 fencers from 30 countries will do battle in the Absolute Fencing Chicago Sabre World Cup Friday through Sunday, May 3 through 5, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames Athletic Center, 839 W. Roosevelt Rd. Individual and team matches will be held, and past Olympic..


Developer may try to save St. James Church

A potential developer has come forward with an offer to save St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave.


Women’s Park field house renovations set

The second and third floors of the field house at the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens on south Indiana Avenue at 18th Street will undergo renovation soon. Leading the renovation efforts are the members of the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens Advisory Council. The non-profit group is attempting to raise funds and awareness for community based educational, entertainment, and health-related programs that include games, clubs, arts and crafts, and children’s camps.