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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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Fiesta Back of the Yards 2017

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, June 9, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), will host the 27th Annual “Fiesta Back of the Yards,”  a three-day street festival featuring live entertainment, rides & games, dozens of food vendors, Miss Back of the Yards and “Miss Belleza Chiquita” pageants, contest and talent show.  The festival […]

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Early Voting and Registration at Board of Election Commissioners Office (69 W. Washington)

  Early Voting and registration services are underway at 69 W. Washington St. through Oct. 9.  This site is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Registered voters may cast their ballots and those who need to register or file a name or address […]

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Chicago Commons launches Family Hub program

At first glance, it might appear to be a typical school day outside on the playground at Chicago Commons Paolo Freire Center (PFC) in Back of the Yards. But what the students experience that day- anything from seeing a rainbow to touring a local elementary school- can potentially shape school lessons and projects. “The kids […]

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One Summer Chicago youth complete two-block long mural

Imagine a relentless, blistering sun beating down on you day in and day out as you work what might be your first summer job. Now throw in slithering garden snakes, perhaps dropping your phone and glasses in a gallon of paint and the occasional bird flying overhead “dropping” a little present on your shoulder. This […]

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Richards Career Academy celebrates first-ever Gates Millennium Scholar

Getting scholarships for college has become increasingly competitive, and the Gates Millennium scholarship is no exception. Richards Career Academy Senior Demareo Jones, 18, was recently awarded the prestigious award that will cover tuition expenses all the way to the doctorate level for students pursuing coursework in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The application process took […]

Davis Square Park baseball diamonds get facelifts

The opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime has been revived in Davis Square Park following the completion of a Cubs Charities-funded facelift.  Members of the community, the Back of the Yards College Prep baseball team, Davis Square Park leagues and a number of public officials gathered Thursday, May 27 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate […]

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“Hearts Up, Guns Down”

The rain didn’t keep Back of the Yards youth, local artists, neighborhood leaders, law enforcement and the mayor from coming together for the 3rd Annual Faith and Action Summer Kickoff at Davis Square Park Friday, May 27. Children doodled with crayons and markers at a creative play station installed just behind the artists while they […]

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Second Chance students shoot hoops with 9th District officers

Students from the Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance High School and 9th District Chicago Police officers came together for a friendly game of basketball on Thursday, April 7. The game was organized and planned by Peace and Education Coalition Second Chance students to build stronger relationships among neighborhood youth and 9th District Chicago Police […]