Community

Residents live the posadas tradition in Back of the Yards

For Spanish scroll down. Para español baje The gentle sound of an acoustic guitar and children’s voices echoed in the gold and white…

Back of the Yards principals awarded CPS fellowships

Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academy Principal Barton Dassinger and Peace and Education Coalition High School Principal Brigitte Swenson are among 21 principals selected…

Environmental activists call for removal of Emanuel’s “Clean Air” ad

A group of environmental activists and community members are protesting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent re-election campaign ad titled, “Clean Air.” They held…

Arts and Entertainment

Local painter JoeMama brings whimsy to life on the SW Side

Joseph Mora welcomes me to his studio on 69th and Pulaski, where his paintings are displayed like colorful offerings in a shrine.…

Ballet Folklorico celebrates two decades of culture

On Sunday, Nov. 23 the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council’s Ballet Folklórico will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a grand performance…

Young rapper avoids the streets, seeks success

*Scroll down for Spanish *Para Español baje When I initially tried to add Hector Danniel as a friend on Facebook, I was…

Education

Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman announce Chicago Star Scholarship for Chicago Public High School students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced the Chicago Star Scholarship today…

Q & A with local school counselors: What you should know about the high school application process

In our last issue, we started a conversation about the high school application process and what students in…

Sports

National Little League champs receive warm welcome home

Elated fans from across the region came out in droves to celebrate the national champions who have inspired an entire…

Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame

On Sunday July 27, two of Chicago’s greatest baseball players in the 20th Century – Frank Thomas and…