Mocco fights graffiti in West Loop

Taggers are leaving their mark on the West Loop. “The graffiti we find in the West Loop are not gang related; they are all by ‘taggers,’” said local resident Patti Mocco, a member of Neighbors of West Loop who also is the Chicago Police facilitator for Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy Beat 1224.

Harrington to close; students to attend Columbia College

Harrington College of Design, which offers programs in interior design, digital photography, and communication design in the West Loop, announced it will close by August 2018.

Related Midwest may develop 62 acres in South Loop

Related Midwest may be planning to develop a long vacant 62-acre parcel in the South Loop. The property runs north and south of Roosevelt Road near the Chicago River.

UIC receives grant to recruit science students

Backed by a $1.4 million Federal grant, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has launched a program to increase the number of minority and underrepresented students who pursue degrees and research careers in behavioral and biomedical sciences.

Local soccer programs prove popular

Registration is underway and spaces are filling up fast in local summer youth soccer programs through Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Soccer, and Chicago KICS.

Old St. Mary’s debate team wins varsity championship

March Madness means basketball and brackets to a lot of people, but this year the halls and classrooms of Old St Mary’s School (OSM) in the South Loop enjoyed a different sort of competitive glee.

WCA discusses variety of issues at meeting

The West Central Association (WCA) held its first luncheon of the year February 26 at Formento’s Restaurant in the Fulton Market area to discuss issues pertinent to the community.

Nightclub future unknown after shootings

Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) said she will not know the future of Riff Music Lounge at 2239 S. Michigan Ave., the site of the shooting of two men on March 26, at least until the end of May, when the owner’s 60-day voluntary shutdown of the club ends.

Park District OKs plans for Hadiya Pendleton Park

Chicago Park District commissioners have put their stamp of approval on a plan to rename a Bronzeville park after Hadiya Pendleton, a King College Prep student who was gunned down while seeking shelter from a rainstorm just days after she attended President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.

March for Kids raises funds, awareness for Mercy Home

Volunteers will be out in force on Chicago area streets and at St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations throughout March, collecting donations and raising awareness to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children from abuse through the March for Kids campaign.