Almost three years ago, Michele Zurakowski, the executive director of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, realized that people with disabilities in the 13 ZIP codes served by her nonprofit — which include parts of Austin and other areas of the West Side — often cannot get to First United Church on Lake Street in Oak Park to pick up the groceries they need.
Two West Side aldermen are facing objections to their nominating petitions while one West Side alderman could once again run unopposed despite entering the race months earlier with a half-dozen challengers.
The Chicago City Council recently approved a zoning change that would allow the nonprofit Heartland Alliance to setup a job training program for former prisoners in a portion of a shuttered elementary school in Austin at 815-831 N.
How to save money? Surprisingly, a lot of people really don't know. From reusing a glass jar that jelly came in, to shopping at Goodwill, to the "I hate five" challenge, I will find a way to save a dime to a dollar.
Residents and business owners from the Galewood and Oak Park sides of North Avenue got a chance to share what they think should happen to the major corridor during a Nov. 15 public hearing held at Galewood's Redeemer Church, 6740 W.
After two years of collecting ideas and planning, the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and their partners unveiled what they are billing as "the next chapter" of North Lawndale's history — a community-wide Quality of Life Plan.
The developers behind the proposed East Garfield Park design district are looking for local residents to step up and start the process of opening a food co-op in the development – even while some of the issues surrounding land ownership and funding remained unresolved.
A recent study by the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C.-based economic and social policy think tank, paints a vivid picture of why guns are so prevalent among young people on the West and South Sides; indeed, so prevalent that roughly one in three youths in some Chicago neighborhoods has carried a gun at some point in their lives.
Oak Park and Forest Park residents may have noticed a woman walking around the two villages in recent week with an exceptionally large smile on her face – more noteworthy, perhaps, is the 40 pounds of electronic equipment strapped to her back.