April 2016

Activists protest controversial proposed upscale Pilsen apartment development

More than two months after the City approved plans for a controversial 99-unit upscale apartment development on the 2100 block of South Laflin Street, community activist…

Project Onward supports gifted with disabilities

Project Onward, 1200 W. 35th Street, is a nonprofit Bridgeport art studio and gallery that supports the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness.

Opinions mixed on ordinance encouraging developers to build affordable housing

Rising housing prices and stagnating wages have hurt many Chicago families in the search for a place to call home. In October, a change in the City’s Affordable Housing Ordinance (ARO) attempted to stem a tide of older affordable housing being demolished faster than new affordable housing is being built, while developers have been skirting obligations to build lower cost units.

Outdoor gym proposed for Grant Park near Balbo and Columbus

Exercise, wellness, health education, and fitness opportunities on a large scale may be coming to Grant Park through a new outdoor gym. With the working title The Health Space @ Grant Park, the new amenity would be a 36,000 square foot outdoor gym proposed by the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), whose members feel the gym would serve as a very dominant reminder for Chicagoans and visitors to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Archdiocese to close several Pilsen churches; St. Adalbert’s gets $1.5 M

When activist Byron Sigcho of Pilsen Alliance first heard about the Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s plans to close or merge several Pilsen parishes over the next five years, he was all set to organize a protest march on the Chancery office.

ATN: April 2016

Armour Square Park, located at 3309 S. Shields, has information about spring programs online at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. Programs are underway now and will end on Friday, June 3…

Letter: ‘Appalled’ by high-rise plans

Dear Editor: I am appalled by the plans to add more high-rise buildings in Roosevelt Square. As a homeowner, I invested in this neighborhood for its low-rise…

De La Salle to host Great Futures Gala

De La Salle Institute will host its ninth annual Great Futures Gala, a benefit for De La Salle, on Friday, April 29, at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago at 6 p.m.

Local voters reject Dunkin, but retain several incumbents in area

One of the most watched races in the March 15 Illinois primary was a local one, as 5th District incumbent State Representative Kenneth Dunkin, long a Democratic stalwart who in recent months has supported positions advocated by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner instead, was challenged by Juliana Stratton, who had the backing of many Democratic officials, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, and even President Barack Obama.

Editorial: Are we going to lose Pilsen, or elitist politicians instead?

Are we going to lose Pilsen? Pilsen as we know it seems to be beleaguered on all sides…

Shrine of Christ the King to be restored

Nearly six months after a fire gutted the Roman Catholic Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., parishioners and groups fighting to save the structure received the news that it would be restored.

Local writer publishes book on Catholic high schools

Near West Side resident and writer Peter N. Pero has released a new book, Soul Survivors, which investigates the history of Catholic high schools in Chicago.