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  32. <title>Buckingham Fountain Dyed Red By Vandals, Shut Off Until Further Notice</title>
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  35. <pubDate>Sun, 23 Jun 2024 03:44:25 +0000</pubDate>
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  39. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?fit=1024%2C768&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" fetchpriority="high" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=1024%2C768&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=600%2C450&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/IMG_2299-copy.jpg?fit=1024%2C768&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The fountain in Grant Park will remain closed indefinitely for "necessary maintenance," a Park District spokeswoman said.]]></description>
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  41. <p>DOWNTOWN — Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain is closed until further notice following an apparent vandalism overnight Saturday, the Chicago Park District said.</p>
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  45. <p>Visitors and park officials awoke Saturday morning to a confusing sight: The massive lower basin of Buckingham Fountain, the centerpiece of Downtown Chicago’s sprawling Grant Park, was <a href="https://x.com/WBBMNewsradio/status/1804548253876195642" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">dyed bright red.</a></p>
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  49. <p>Evidence of vandalism was discovered “in and around” the fountain when officers arrived at the scene, police said.&nbsp;</p>
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  53. <p>The fountain will be shut off “until crews perform necessary maintenance,” Park District spokeswoman Irene Tostado said in an email. The surrounding park area is still open to visitors.</p>
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  58. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Effective immediately, <a href="https://twitter.com/BuckinghamFntn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">@BuckinghamFntn</a> will be closed until further notice to perform maintenance due to overnight vandalism. Please check back for updates. <a href="https://t.co/taE43mxNBW" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/taE43mxNBW</a></p>&mdash; Chicago ParkDistrict (@ChicagoParks) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoParks/status/1804522759411695693?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">June 22, 2024</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  63. <p>“We were disappointed to see the fountain shut off,” said Cory, a tourist visiting Downtown Saturday. “We came all this way expecting to see a working fountain.”</p>
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  67. <p>Many of Buckingham Fountain’s fixtures have remained intact since its opening in 1927, so large-scale vandalism could damage the fountain, park officials said.</p>
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  71. <p>Buckingham Fountain was designed by architect Edward Bennett in the 1920s to symbolize the enormity of Lake Michigan, according to the <a href="https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/clarence-f-buckingham-memorial-fountain#:~:text=Officially%20opened%20to%20the%20public,the%20subject%20of%20heated%20controversy." data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Park District’s website</a>. The fountain sprays water 150 feet into the air and circulates around 15,000 gallons a minute.</p>
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  75. <p>Colin Hinkle, owner of a drone video and photography company, posted aerial drone photos on social media Saturday morning of the fountain partially dyed with red water. </p>
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  79. <p><a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2024/06/22/buckingham-fountain-closed-vandalism" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hinkle told the Sun-Times</a> he saw spray-painted messages in front of the fountain that said &#8220;Gaza is bleeding&#8221; and &#8220;Stop the genocide.&#8221;</p>
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  84. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bloody Buckingham Fountain this morning <a href="https://t.co/vvpePPcyOW" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/vvpePPcyOW</a></p>&mdash; Colin Hinkle (@hinklecolin) <a href="https://twitter.com/hinklecolin/status/1804527825979879678?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">June 22, 2024</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  89. <p>Some visitors in the park Saturday afternoon speculated that the vandalism could be a form of protest.</p>
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  93. <p>“If [the vandals] are protesting something, it would be better if they made their cause clear,&#8221; said Jo, visiting Chicago from San Francisco. </p>
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  97. <p>No one is in custody, and area detectives are investigating.</p>
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  121. <title>$75,000 Reward Offered In Killing Of Retired Chicago Police Officer</title>
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  123. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Block Club Chicago Staff]]></dc:creator>
  124. <pubDate>Sat, 22 Jun 2024 01:20:14 +0000</pubDate>
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  132. <p>WEST GARFIELD PARK — Chicago Police and federal authorities are offering a reward in hopes of identifying the person who killed a retired cop on in West Garfield Park this week. </p>
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  136. <p>Larry L. Neuman, 73, was shot multiple times 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 4300 block of West Monroe Street, police said. </p>
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  140. <p>The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and a conviction. The FBI and the Chicago office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are each matching that amount, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoPoliceDepartment" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">bringing the total reward to $75,000.</a></p>
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  147.  
  148. <p>Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), also a former cop whose ward includes the area where the shooting occurred,&nbsp;<a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shooting-retired-73-year-old-police-officer-killed/14981308/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">told ABC Chicago</a>&nbsp;he’d known Neuman for decades and he was well-known in the neighborhood.</p>
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  151.  
  152. <p>Neuman worked for Chicago Police from 1982 and retired in 2010, working in arson investigations and explosives, ABC Chicago reported. He was one of the first Black bomb technicians in the police department,&nbsp;<a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shooting-retired-73-year-old-police-officer-killed/14981308/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Ervin told the station</a>.</p>
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  156. <p>He then joined the TSA as a bomb appraisal expert at O’Hare and Midway airports, a spokesperson for the agency told the station.</p>
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  180. <title>31st Street Beach Should Close Earlier After Fatal Shootings, South Side Alderman Says</title>
  181. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/31st-street-beach-should-close-earlier-after-fatal-shootings-south-side-alderman-says/</link>
  182. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Jamie Nesbitt Golden]]></dc:creator>
  183. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 23:45:00 +0000</pubDate>
  184. <category><![CDATA[Bronzeville]]></category>
  185. <category><![CDATA[Bronzeville, Near South Side]]></category>
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  189. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/06/061522-31st-Street-Beach-Hot-Weather-Colin-Boyle-4984.jpg?fit=1024%2C681&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>At least four people have been shot, three fatally, in separate attacks at the beach this week. Ald. Lamont Robinson wants the Park District to close the beach two hours earlier at 9 p.m. to prevent another tragedy.]]></description>
  190. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/06/061522-31st-Street-Beach-Hot-Weather-Colin-Boyle-4984.jpg?fit=1024%2C681&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  191. <p>BRONZEVILLE — A south lakefront alderman wants to restrict hours at 31st Street Beach after two fatal shootings in less than two days. </p>
  192.  
  193.  
  194.  
  195. <p>Ald. Lamont Robinson (4th) announced Friday he is asking the Park District to temporarily close the beach at 9 p.m. and step up enforcement of after-hours loitering in adjacent lots.</p>
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  197.  
  198.  
  199. <p>The beach typically is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; swimming is allowed during beach season until 7 p.m. when lifeguards are duty, according to the Park District. </p>
  200.  
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  202.  
  203. <p>In a statement, Robinson said his office is coordinating with local police districts and the Mayor&#8217;s Office to dispatch violence interrupters every night &#8220;to help de-escalate potentially violent situations.&#8221;</p>
  204.  
  205.  
  206.  
  207. <p>&#8220;However, the level of violence happening at the 31st (Street) Beach is unacceptable,&#8221; he wrote. &#8220;We need enforcement of the 9 p.m. closure until we can ensure the beach is safer for all beachgoers and the surrounding community.&#8221;</p>
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  211. <p>Park District officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p>
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  216. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The 31st beach needs to be temporarily closed &amp; loitering prohibited in all lots after 9pm. The level of violence we’re experiencing at 31st beach is completely unacceptable. Yesterday morning, I sent a letter to <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoParks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">@ChicagoParks</a> with this request. <a href="https://t.co/hWhABISEKL" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/hWhABISEKL</a></p>&mdash; Alderman Lamont J. Robinson (@LamontJRobinson) <a href="https://twitter.com/LamontJRobinson/status/1804220587537019343?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">June 21, 2024</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  218.  
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  220.  
  221. <p>Three people were killed in this week&#8217;s shootings at the beach, police said. </p>
  222.  
  223.  
  224.  
  225. <p>Two women were shot around 10 p.m. Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on a large crowd gathering at the beach, according to police and <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shooting-2-women-shot-1-fatally-31st/14979450/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">ABC Chicago</a>. A 22-year-old woman was killed after she was shot three times in her chest, police said. A 20-year-old woman was shot in her leg and hospitalized. No one has been arrested.</p>
  226.  
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  228.  
  229. <p>A 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old women were killed around 3:20 a.m. Friday, <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shooting-2-killed-another-shooting-31st-street/14983890/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">according to police and ABC Chicago</a>.</p>
  230.  
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  232.  
  233. <p>Elijah Dillon Bombin, 23, was killed after exchanging gunfire with a group of people as he attempted to pick up his girlfriend from the area early Friday morning, <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shooting-2-killed-another-shooting-31st-street/14983890/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">his family told the station</a>. Both were shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.</p>
  234.  
  235.  
  236.  
  237. <p>Family identified the second victim as Bombin&#8217;s girlfriend and mother of their two young children, ABC reported. Three people were arrested, and charges are pending, police said. </p>
  238.  
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  241. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/06/061522-31st-Street-Beach-Hot-Weather-Colin-Boyle-4973.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-541038" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">People enjoy Lake Michigan at 31st Street Beach during record-high temperatures in Chicago on June 15, 2022. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  242.  
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  244.  
  245. <p>Watch Guard founder Marquinn McDonald, who has been patrolling the beach with his team for the last several weeks, supports Robinson&#8217;s proposal. Watch Guard is one of the community organizations working with the alderman&#8217;s office on violence prevention initiatives.</p>
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  249. <p>McDonald told Block Club they&#8217;ve been deescalating conflicts for days, often between groups of young people. Still, he cautioned against solely placing the blame on teens and young adults.</p>
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  252.  
  253. <p>&#8220;Until we get a handle on what&#8217;s going on, I think this is the best move,&#8221; McDonald said of the earlier closing time. &#8220;The key word is &#8216;temporary.&#8217; It&#8217;s not a permanent thing. I think if I was in his shoes I probably would do the same thing at the moment. Because you can&#8217;t afford to lose another life.&#8221;</p>
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  255.  
  256.  
  257. <p>Sabha Abour, Robinson&#8217;s chief of staff, said the alderman&#8217;s request is a simple ask that could keep residents safe.</p>
  258.  
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  260.  
  261. <p>Robinson&#8217;s office also has spoken with Pier 31 owner Nikki Hayes about the potential impact an earlier closing time would have on her restaurant, Abour said.</p>
  262.  
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  264.  
  265. <p>&#8220;No loitering on the beach and no loitering in the parking lots after 9 p.m. would help, and we need the Park District and the police in on this. We&#8217;re gonna keep pushing on it, see what happens,&#8221; Abour said.</p>
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  289. <title>Teen Charged In Killing Of 7-Year-Old Jai’mani Amir Rivera As Loved Ones March In His Honor</title>
  290. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/16-year-old-charged-in-killing-of-7-year-old-jaimani-amir-rivera/</link>
  291. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Francia Garcia Hernandez]]></dc:creator>
  292. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 22:42:17 +0000</pubDate>
  293. <category><![CDATA[Near West Side]]></category>
  294. <category><![CDATA[Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards]]></category>
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  298. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C199&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C509&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1017&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1356&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C795&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1039&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1325&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C265&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C468&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The 16-year-old faces two murder charges and is accused of firing an assault rifle in the fatal shooting. "The senseless gun violence that is claiming the lives of these babies needs to end," an organizer said.]]></description>
  299. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C199&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C509&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1017&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1356&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C795&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1039&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1325&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C265&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C468&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-01-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  300. <p>NEAR WEST SIDE — A 16-year-old was charged with murder Friday, accused of fatally shooting 7-year-old Jai’mani Amir Rivera outside his Near West Side home this week.</p>
  301.  
  302.  
  303.  
  304. <p>The teen faces two murder charges and is accused of firing an assault rifle in the fatal shooting. He was arrested Thursday less than a mile from where the shooting occurred, police said. The teen is scheduled to appear at a Cook County juvenile court detention hearing Saturday.</p>
  305.  
  306.  
  307.  
  308. <p>&#8220;Jai’mani&#8217;s life was taken from him — for what? There&#8217;s no excuse for this violence,&#8221; Supt. Larry Snelling said at a news conference.</p>
  309.  
  310.  
  311.  
  312. <p>A stolen gun, not related to this shooting, was also recovered during his arrest, police said.</p>
  313.  
  314.  
  315.  
  316. <p>The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Officers were called to the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard and found <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/18/7-year-old-boy-fatally-shot-on-near-west-side/" data-wpel-link="internal">Jai&#8217;mani, who had been shot</a> in his chest, police said. They gave the boy aid and took him to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.</p>
  317.  
  318.  
  319.  
  320. <p>Jai’mani was coming out of this house and was heading next door when he was shot as he reached the sidewalk, Snelling previously said.</p>
  321.  
  322.  
  323. <div class="wp-block-image">
  324. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img decoding="async" width="720" height="405" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=720%2C405&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-725051" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?w=720&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=450%2C253&amp;ssl=1 450w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=200%2C113&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=100%2C56&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=400%2C225&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?resize=706%2C397&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/rivera.webp?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 720px) 100vw, 720px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Jai&#8217;mani Amir Rivera, 7, was fatally shot Tuesday in Near West Side. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> GoFundMe</span></figcaption></figure></div>
  325.  
  326.  
  327. <p>Video evidence and an anonymous tip helped police identify the suspected shooter, police said. Footage showed the teen approaching on foot before he stops and opens fire, striking Jai’mani, police said. The video shows him running away, Chief of Detectives Antoinette Ursitti said.  </p>
  328.  
  329.  
  330.  
  331. <p>Thirteen rifle casings were recovered from the scene; the weapon used in the shooting has not been recovered, police said.</p>
  332.  
  333.  
  334.  
  335. <p>Authorities do not believe the boy was targeted, Snelling previously said, noting the gunshots “came from a really good distance.” Police do not know who the teen may have been shooting at, officials said Friday. </p>
  336.  
  337.  
  338.  
  339. <p>“We can&#8217;t give you a confirmed motive for why this happened. There is no justification or explanation that would make it any better, but this is the senselessness that we&#8217;re talking about,&#8221; Ursitti said. </p>
  340.  
  341.  
  342.  
  343. <p>&#8220;“This is the frustration that we feel up here, that a 7-year-old is dead and we can&#8217;t give you any justification for this offender&#8217;s actions.&#8221;</p>
  344.  
  345.  
  346.  
  347. <p>Jai’mani’s family is fundraising for his funeral;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lay-jaimani-to-rest-peacefully?lang=en_US&amp;utm_campaign=fp_sharesheet&amp;utm_medium=customer&amp;utm_source=copy_link" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">so far, a GoFundMe in his honor has raised more than $28,000.</a></p>
  348.  
  349.  
  350.  
  351. <p>“Parents should not have to bury their children,” Snelling said Friday. </p>
  352.  
  353.  
  354.  
  355. <p>Natashee Scott, assistant deputy mayor for community safety, vowed that the city will hold the teenager accountable. </p>
  356.  
  357.  
  358.  
  359. <p>“This incident is a stark reminder of the challenges we face in addressing violence among our youth…” said Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), whose ward includes where Jai&#8217;mani was killed. “There&#8217;s something missing there for a 16-year-old to be able to get a gun like that and also be able to take someone else&#8217;s life.” </p>
  360.  
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  362.  
  363. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="516" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03.jpg?resize=780%2C516&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-725228" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C199&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C509&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1017&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1356&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C795&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1039&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1325&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C265&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C468&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-03-1024x678.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Jai&#8217;mani&#8217;s cousin Joel Rivera, 10, joined other kids and family members pleading to stop gun violence in Chicago during a peace march on June 21, 2024. &#8220;We don&#8217;t kill kids,&#8221; they chanted.  <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Francia Garcia Hernandez/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  364.  
  365.  
  366.  
  367. <h2 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-jai-mani-we-love-you">&#8216;Jai’mani, We Love You&#8217;</h2>
  368.  
  369.  
  370.  
  371. <p>The murder charges were announced hours after Jai&#8217;mani&#8217;s family, friends and neighbors staged a peace march near his home at the Oakley Square Apartments.</p>
  372.  
  373.  
  374.  
  375. <p>Several relatives, including half a dozen young kids, marched along, holding posters, pictures and a Spider-Man plush toy in memory of the boy who adored Spider-Man and video games, <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-police-person-interest-custody-murder-7-year-old-jaimani-amir-rivera/14982578/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">family members told ABC7</a>. Jai&#8217;mani&#8217;s mother rode inside a car during the march, holding up a picture through the sunroof of her son giving her a kiss.  </p>
  376.  
  377.  
  378.  
  379. <p>“Jai’mani, we love you,” they chanted. </p>
  380.  
  381.  
  382.  
  383. <p>Joel Rivera, 10, marched Friday with his eyes full of tears as he mourned his cousin.</p>
  384.  
  385.  
  386.  
  387. <p>“We don’t kill kids,” Joel chanted as he marched. Dozens of violence intervention workers, neighbors and gun violence victims echoed him, calling for justice in solidarity with Jai&#8217;mani&#8217;s family. </p>
  388.  
  389.  
  390.  
  391. <p>About 100 people joined the family earlier this week for a vigil and balloon release, <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2024/06/19/7-year-old-shooting-victim-mourned-guns-gunshots-violence-crime-cpd-city-hall-near-west-side-attack" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">the Sun-Times reported</a>. </p>
  392.  
  393.  
  394.  
  395. <p>Jai’mani had finished first grade and was preparing for his upcoming football season, according to his <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lay-jaimani-to-rest-peacefully?lang=en_US&amp;utm_campaign=fp_sharesheet&amp;utm_medium=customer&amp;utm_source=copy_link" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">GoFundMe page</a>. His aunt, Vanessa Rivera, <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2024/06/19/7-year-old-shooting-victim-mourned-guns-gunshots-violence-crime-cpd-city-hall-near-west-side-attack?utm_campaign=socialflow-cst&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">told the Sun-Times</a> Jai’Mani had recently gotten his football jersey with the number seven, which he’d wanted.</p>
  396.  
  397.  
  398.  
  399. <p>“I don’t want to talk about nothing but justice; we need justice,” said Saleshea Peterson, founder of the violence prevention group Hug A Child Make A Change and UCAN collaborator. </p>
  400.  
  401.  
  402.  
  403. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="516" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02.jpg?resize=780%2C516&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-725227" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C678&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C199&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C509&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1017&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1356&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C795&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1039&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1325&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C265&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C468&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Peace-march-02-1024x678.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Family members mourn 7-year-old boy Jai&#8217;mani Amir Rivera, who was fatally shot outside his Near West Side apartment.  <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Francia Garcia Hernandez/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  404.  
  405.  
  406.  
  407. <p>Violence intervention organizations UCAN, BUILD and Hug a Child Make A Change are providing financial assistance to cover burial costs, relocation, therapy services and “whatever they need to help them recover, though they will never fully recover,” Peterson said.&nbsp;</p>
  408.  
  409.  
  410.  
  411. <p>Earlier this week, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the expansion of a city program that provides financial resources to shooting victims and their families. The Emergency Supplemental Victims Fund pilot program provides victims of gun violence up to $1,000 for “basic needs” such as rent, utilities and groceries and $1,000 for relocation services.</p>
  412.  
  413.  
  414.  
  415. <p>&#8220;I want to again extend my deepest condolences to the family of Jai’mani Amir Rivera and all who loved him, and thank the Chicago Police Department for its efforts in this case. This senseless violence in our city is unacceptable and all offenders must be held accountable,&#8221; Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a statement.</p>
  416.  
  417.  
  418.  
  419. <p>&#8220;These killings tear at the very fabric of our society, shatter families, leave our neighborhoods shaken and our city in mourning. Nothing can ever replace the loss of a child, and I hope&nbsp;Jai’mani’s&nbsp;family finds some measure of closure in the apprehension and charging of the&nbsp;alleged&nbsp;offender today.&#8221;</p>
  420.  
  421.  
  422.  
  423. <p>Jai’mani was at least the 127th child to be shot this year in Chicago, Snelling said earlier Friday. </p>
  424.  
  425.  
  426.  
  427. <p>Last month, 5-year-old Reign Ware was fatally shot as she was sitting in a parked car three blocks away from where Jai&#8217;mani was killed. </p>
  428.  
  429.  
  430.  
  431. <p>“The senseless gun violence that is claiming the lives of these babies needs to end,” Peterson said. </p>
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  455. <title>Logan Square Man Chases Off Burglar With Frying Pan (VIDEO)</title>
  456. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/logan-square-man-chases-off-burglar-with-frying-pan/</link>
  457. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ariel Parrella-Aureli]]></dc:creator>
  458. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 20:50:00 +0000</pubDate>
  459. <category><![CDATA[Instagram]]></category>
  460. <category><![CDATA[Logan Square]]></category>
  461. <category><![CDATA[Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale]]></category>
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  464. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?fit=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=300%2C158&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=768%2C405&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1536%2C809&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1200%2C632&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1568%2C826&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=400%2C211&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=706%2C372&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?fit=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>It's the second time someone has broken into the man's home and his neighbors are freaked out, he said. ]]></description>
  465. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?fit=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=300%2C158&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=768%2C405&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1536%2C809&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1200%2C632&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=1568%2C826&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=400%2C211&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?resize=706%2C372&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Screenshot-2024-06-21-at-3.26.27 PM.png?fit=1024%2C540&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  466. <p>LOGAN SQUARE — A video of a Logan Square man chasing off a burglar in a unique way has caught the attention of Northwest Side neighbors.</p>
  467.  
  468.  
  469.  
  470. <p>Jason Williams was coming home from work Thursday afternoon when he got a notification on his phone that there was someone in his home, he said.</p>
  471.  
  472.  
  473.  
  474. <p>When he got inside, he grabbed the first thing he saw: a frying pan.</p>
  475.  
  476.  
  477.  
  478. <p>When the intruder came down the stairs, Williams hit him over the head with the pan, he said. Then Williams chased the man outside, where the rest of the incident was caught on the home&#8217;s Nest video.</p>
  479.  
  480.  
  481.  
  482. <p>Later in the video, Williams&#8217; dog is seen coming to the gate and wagging her tail. She did not hear the intruder and was not harmed, Williams said.</p>
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  487. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is the video of the burglar being caught: got some good licks inside and the back. Keystone cops theme should be added for laughs. I’m ok. Guys gonna have a headache tomorrow and was taken away by the ambulance. <a href="https://t.co/ry1hr89A54" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/ry1hr89A54</a></p>&mdash; Jason Williams (@Bashido) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bashido/status/1803903323583713784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">June 20, 2024</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  489.  
  490.  
  491.  
  492. <p>The man got in from a door that was unintentionally unlocked, Williams said. He wasn&#8217;t hurt — but Williams wouldn&#8217;t confront someone like that again, he said.</p>
  493.  
  494.  
  495.  
  496. <p>The man did not take anything, but he was looking around for items, Williams said.</p>
  497.  
  498.  
  499.  
  500. <p>&#8220;I probably would have let the guy go and try to be more compassionate and more empathetic … . You don&#8217;t know who you are dealing with,&#8221; Williams said Friday.</p>
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  525. <p>It&#8217;s the second time someone has broken into his home, Williams said. He also chased off an intruder when someone entered his home near Spaulding and Milwaukee, he said.</p>
  526.  
  527.  
  528.  
  529. <p>&#8220;I was so angry, and I made a bad decision again,&#8221; he said.</p>
  530.  
  531.  
  532.  
  533. <p>Williams said it&#8217;s awkward the incident is being covered by media, as he would rather not be famous for hitting someone with a frying pan. His neighbors are freaked out, and the incident points to ongoing problems with crime in the city, he said.</p>
  534.  
  535.  
  536.  
  537. <p>“I’m glad no one got hurt and there was a happy ending,” he said.</p>
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  541. <p>A 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital in good condition, police said. Charges are pending against the man, and detectives are investigating.</p>
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  565. <title>Police To Hold Roll Call On Englewood Block Where Alderman Has Camped To Stop Crime</title>
  566. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/police-to-hold-roll-call-on-englewood-block-where-alderman-has-camped-to-stop-crime/</link>
  567. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Atavia Reed]]></dc:creator>
  568. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 19:35:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  575. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1335&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Police will gather 7 p.m. Friday on 73rd Place between Ada Street and Racine Avenue. Moore has slept in a tent on the Englewood block for nearly a week.]]></description>
  576. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1335&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-015-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  577. <p>ENGLEWOOD — Chicago Police will gather in Englewood for a roll call Friday evening on the street where a South Side alderman has slept in a tent to deter crime.&nbsp;</p>
  578.  
  579.  
  580.  
  581. <p>Police will hold the roll call 7 p.m. Friday at 1262 W. 73rd Pl., according to a flyer from the 14th Police District. The move comes one week after Ald. David Moore (17th) <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/14/south-side-alderman-pledges-to-sleep-outside-on-troubled-block-for-next-few-weeks-to-deter-crime/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">vowed to camp out</a> on 73rd Place between Ada Street and Racine Avenue to deter drug sales and other crimes.&nbsp;</p>
  582.  
  583.  
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  585. <p>Moore will be out of town at a funeral during the roll call, he said in a news release.</p>
  586.  
  587.  
  588.  
  589. <p>“All I want is for residents to be in control of their block and not the drug dealers,” Moore said in the news release. “The fact that law enforcement is stepping up is a clear indication that we have brought attention to the need for community safety.”</p>
  590.  
  591.  
  592.  
  593. <p>The Englewood street has been tied to at least three recent homicides, including the shooting death of 18-year-old <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shootings-weekend-trinity-boswell-killed-englewood/14932946/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Trinity Boswell</a> June 9.&nbsp;</p>
  594.  
  595.  
  596.  
  597. <p>Two people were <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/17/2-shot-while-alderman-talks-on-facebook-live-about-camping-out-to-stop-violence/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">shot in their faces early Sunday morning</a> on the block where Moore set up camp. On a Facebook Live video posted on the alderman&#8217;s account, Moore was seen talking to a neighbor before multiple shots rang out.</p>
  598.  
  599.  
  600.  
  601. <p>“We won’t be pushed out here,” Moore said in the Facebook video. “This is what people have to live with, and nobody should have to live with. This is a real-life situation, and I’m very angry right now.”&nbsp;</p>
  602.  
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  605. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="521" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=780%2C521&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-724894" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=1024%2C684&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=2000%2C1335&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-011-1024x684.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Ald. David Moore stands on the sidewalk in front of where he is camping on West 73rd Place in Englewood on June 17, 2024.  <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Joeff Davis/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  606.  
  607.  
  608.  
  609. <p>Moore vowed Monday he would continue to camp out on 73rd Place until law enforcement created a “clear strategy” to stop the “open-air drug market.”</p>
  610.  
  611.  
  612.  
  613. <p>Police could tow the cars of people buying drugs or make arrests when they see transactions, Moore said in an interview with Block Club Monday. </p>
  614.  
  615.  
  616.  
  617. <p>Authorities “have to make it uncomfortable,” he said.</p>
  618.  
  619.  
  620.  
  621. <p>“Somebody or collectively got to come up with a strategy,” Moore said. “Should it be the alderman out there putting his life on the line? What is your plan? This would not happen over in Beverly, and this wouldn’t happen on the North Side on a residential block. I promise you that.”</p>
  622.  
  623.  
  624.  
  625. <p>Moore has <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/12/political-clapback-stalls-logan-square-apartment-development-sparking-city-hall-confrontation/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">pushed back against progressive alderpeople who want to abolish ShotSpotter</a> and called for a continuation of the city’s contract with SoundThinking, the gunshot detection technology’s parent company. ShotSpotter sensors are concentrated on the city’s South and West sides.&nbsp;</p>
  626.  
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  628.  
  629. <p>“We want ShotSpotter and every tool needed to eliminate crime,” Moore wrote on Facebook. “I challenge you to come out and spend 2 days on this block with me. I’m tired of [people] listening to white progressives who are making money on deciding what is best for our community and I’m tired of this administration following their lead.”</p>
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  633. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-724888" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=1024%2C682&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=1536%2C1023&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=2048%2C1364&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=1200%2C799&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=1568%2C1044&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=2000%2C1332&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Alderman-David-Moore-024-1024x682.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Ald. David Moore speaks with Pamela Mondane, who lives across the street from where the alderman is camping on June 17, 2024. Her brother was murdered in the neighborhood. &#8220;I very much support what he&#8217;s doing,&#8221; she said.  &#8220;When I found out about it, I came over and asked if they needed any water or food. I am a third generation home owner and I live across the street&#8230; My brother was killed a block away on 72nd street. That’s why I support what he is doing. I would not sleep out here. You have to do something radical to make radical change.&#8221; <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Joeff Davis/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  634.  
  635.  
  636.  
  637. <p>Camping out on the Englewood block has been “effective,” Moore said Monday.&nbsp;</p>
  638.  
  639.  
  640.  
  641. <p>Neighbors have come out their homes and children are playing again, he said. Several of his Facebook Live videos have featured friends, fellow church members and constituents visiting and bringing Moore food.&nbsp;</p>
  642.  
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  644.  
  645. <p>“But it can’t be a temporary thing,” Moore said. “We can’t keep having this situation for [neighbors]. We have to do something for them.”</p>
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  669. <title>Englewood Organizers Transforming Vacant Lot Into Community Plaza</title>
  670. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/englewood-organizers-transforming-vacant-lot-into-community-plaza/</link>
  671. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Atavia Reed]]></dc:creator>
  672. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 19:17:48 +0000</pubDate>
  673. <category><![CDATA[Englewood]]></category>
  674. <category><![CDATA[Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham]]></category>
  675. <category><![CDATA[Featured]]></category>
  676. <category><![CDATA[Local Groups]]></category>
  677. <category><![CDATA[Things To Do]]></category>
  678. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blockclubchicago.org/?p=725064</guid>
  679.  
  680. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="666" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=300%2C195&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=768%2C499&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1536%2C998&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1200%2C780&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1568%2C1019&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=400%2C260&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=706%2C459&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Local leaders will hold a dedication ceremony for the Englewood Village Plaza at Saturday's kickoff of the annual Englewood Village Market.]]></description>
  681. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="666" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=300%2C195&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=768%2C499&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1536%2C998&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1200%2C780&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=1568%2C1019&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=400%2C260&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?resize=706%2C459&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market.png?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  682. <p>ENGLEWOOD — A long-vacant lot on an Englewood corner will soon become a community plaza bursting with greenery, and the South Side organization leading the project is celebrating the redesign Saturday.&nbsp;</p>
  683.  
  684.  
  685.  
  686. <p>Grow Greater Englewood will kick off its fifth annual Englewood Village Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday with a dedication ceremony for the Englewood Village Plaza, 5822 S. Halsted St. </p>
  687.  
  688.  
  689.  
  690. <p>Grow Greater Englewood has partnered with urban landscape design firm <a href="https://botanicalcity.org/act.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Botanical City</a> and <a href="http://neighbor-space.org/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Neighborspace</a>, a nonprofit urban land trust that preserves and sustains community groups’ gardens, to turn the vacant parcel at 58th and Halsted streets into a neighborhood hub.</p>
  691.  
  692.  
  693.  
  694. <p>Development of the plaza is ongoing and will be completed in phases.</p>
  695.  
  696.  
  697.  
  698. <p>The plaza will provide “an open and safe space for Englewood families to gather and celebrate our culture,” Anton Seals Jr., lead steward of Grow Greater Englewood, said in a news release. &#8220;It serves as a reminder that we deserve beautiful spaces.&#8221;</p>
  699.  
  700.  
  701.  
  702. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="439" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/041322-Englewood-Nature-Trail-Colin-Boyle-0270.jpg?resize=780%2C439&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-520163" data-recalc-dims="1"/><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Englewood Line, a 1.5-mile elevated railroad that is being proposed as a nature trail between 58th and 59th streets, from Wallace to Hoyne. Photographed is the overpass at Halsted Street on April 13, 2022. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  703.  
  704.  
  705.  
  706. <p>The redesigned parcel will be the main entry point for the <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/03/30/englewoods-long-awaited-nature-trail-will-cost-72-million-to-build-city-says/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Englewood Nature Trail</a>, a 1.75-mile multi-use path being developed by Grow Greater Englewood from <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/08/englewoods-nature-trail-is-being-designed-for-neighbors-by-neighbors-im-happy-something-positive-is-coming-here/" data-wpel-link="internal">an abandoned railroad line</a>. </p>
  707.  
  708.  
  709.  
  710. <p>The 12-foot-wide, ADA-accessible elevated trail will run behind 58th and 59th streets between Wallace and Hoyne avenues. Construction on the trail is expected to begin in spring 2026.</p>
  711.  
  712.  
  713.  
  714. <p>&#8220;We have been working for a very long time to bring the Englewood Nature Trail to complement the urban agriculture activities happening along the 59th Street Corridor,” said Rep. Sonya M. Harper (6th). “Collaborating to cultivate a healthy affordable food system and economy is what we are celebrating with our Englewood Village Market, as well as getting neighbors used to enjoying this reclaimed space. </p>
  715.  
  716.  
  717.  
  718. <p>&#8220;I am proud to have been part of the inception and funding for this project and I look forward to continuing to enjoy it year after year.”</p>
  719.  
  720.  
  721.  
  722. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="507" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=780%2C507&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-725069" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=300%2C195&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=768%2C499&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=1536%2C998&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=1200%2C780&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=1568%2C1019&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=400%2C260&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?resize=706%2C459&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering.png?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Englewood-Village-Market-Rendering-1024x666.png?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Englewood Village Plaza will transform long-vacant space into a vibrant community hub. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Designed by Botanical City</span></figcaption></figure>
  723.  
  724.  
  725.  
  726. <p>The outdoor Englewood Village Market provides neighbors with low-cost fresh produce and food from local businesses on select Saturdays through October. SNAP and EBT are accepted at the market.&nbsp;</p>
  727.  
  728.  
  729.  
  730. <p>Saturday’s market will feature a Drums for Peace circle led by <a href="https://ernestdawkins.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Ernest Dawkins</a>, a world-renowned musician and founder of the <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/09/13/englewood-jazz-festival-returns-to-hamilton-park-this-week/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Englewood Jazz Festival</a>. Artist <a href="https://www.heavycrownz.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Heavy Crownz</a> will encourage guests to “throw a pinky up” during his hip-hop performance. Both musicians are Englewood residents. </p>
  731.  
  732.  
  733.  
  734. <p>&#8220;To see this market grow from a glass-filled lot on Halsted, to supporting local Black-owned businesses — this is what is needed in Englewood,&#8221; said Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16th). “I continue to work to bring issues of food and open green space as a conduit to the economic justice that is needed in the 16th Ward, and quite frankly across many Black wards.”</p>
  735.  
  736.  
  737.  
  738. <p>The Englewood Village Market schedule:&nbsp;</p>
  739.  
  740.  
  741.  
  742. <ul>
  743. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 22</li>
  744.  
  745.  
  746.  
  747. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29</li>
  748.  
  749.  
  750.  
  751. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 13</li>
  752.  
  753.  
  754.  
  755. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24</li>
  756.  
  757.  
  758.  
  759. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 10 (Senior Day)</li>
  760.  
  761.  
  762.  
  763. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 24</li>
  764.  
  765.  
  766.  
  767. <li>Sept. 8: Chicago Urban Ag Crawl Night Bazaar</li>
  768.  
  769.  
  770.  
  771. <li>Sept. 14: Englewood Music Fest</li>
  772.  
  773.  
  774.  
  775. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21</li>
  776.  
  777.  
  778.  
  779. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5</li>
  780.  
  781.  
  782.  
  783. <li>9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19</li>
  784. </ul>
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  808. <title>10-Year-Old Student Helped Bring Museum Of Science And Industry Camp To His Logan Square School</title>
  809. <link>http://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/21/10-year-old-student-helped-bring-museum-of-science-and-industry-camp-to-his-logan-square-school/</link>
  810. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ariel Parrella-Aureli]]></dc:creator>
  811. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 14:04:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  821.  
  822. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C863&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1151&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=900%2C506&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=450%2C253&amp;ssl=1 450w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C113&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=100%2C56&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C881&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1124&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The Fab Lab Summer Camp's two-week Goethe residence is the first time the museum has taken its summer camps outside of its building. The pilot program is also in Pullman and North Lawndale.]]></description>
  823. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?w=2560&amp;ssl=1 2560w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C863&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1151&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=900%2C506&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=450%2C253&amp;ssl=1 450w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C113&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=100%2C56&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C881&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1124&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-1-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  824. <p>LOGAN SQUARE — Inside a science classroom, Beni Alfaro can&#8217;t be bothered to speak or show others what he&#8217;s making. He&#8217;s too immersed in his 3D model to give the outside world any mind.</p>
  825.  
  826.  
  827.  
  828. <p>Beni, 10, is one of 24 students at Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N. Rockwell St., taking part in a new STEAM summer camp at the school organized by the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry&#8217;s education department.</p>
  829.  
  830.  
  831.  
  832. <p>The <a href="https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/tours-and-experiences/msi-camps/camp-sessions/fab-lab-saturdays" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Fab Lab Summer Camp</a>&#8216;s two-week Goethe residence is the first time the museum has taken its summer camps outside of its building — and it&#8217;s largely because of Beni.</p>
  833.  
  834.  
  835.  
  836. <p>Last year, Beni&#8217;s mother, Nicole Dalesandro, signed him up for the museum&#8217;s hands-on STEAM Fab Lab summer camp, now in its fifth year. It blew her expectations out of the water, she said.</p>
  837.  
  838.  
  839.  
  840. <p>&#8220;He&#8217;s a difficult child to figure out, and we felt like we cracked this code. We found something we know he likes, and maybe we can continue to foster this interest,&#8221; Dalesandro said. &#8220;This is good in so many ways, like trying to bring out his creativity. Not that we hadn&#8217;t been trying out before, but the way that the [museum] camp was set up, it was was perfect for him.&#8221;</p>
  841.  
  842.  
  843.  
  844. <p>Beni loved the camp so much that, with the help of his mother, a volunteer with the Friends of Goethe School, he wrote an essay shared with his school principal about his camp experience. The essay built on years of work trying to bring more STEAM programs to the school, Dalesandro said.</p>
  845.  
  846.  
  847.  
  848. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=780%2C520&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-720709" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=1024%2C683&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=768%2C512&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=1200%2C800&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=2000%2C1333&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=400%2C267&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?resize=706%2C471&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum.png?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Griffin-Museum-1024x683.png?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Griffin Museum of Science and Industry is running summer camps in a few Chicago neighborhoods for the first time.</figcaption></figure>
  849.  
  850.  
  851.  
  852. <p>In the letter, Beni recalled feeling nervous on the first day of camp, but the feeling soon dissipated thanks to the friendly staff and fun tools the kids got to make, he wrote.</p>
  853.  
  854.  
  855.  
  856. <p>&#8220;The next day I couldn&#8217;t wait to get there, so when I got there the staff told me which way to walk to the lab. I ran into the lab and got right to 3D printing,&#8221; he wrote. &#8220;I wanted to print a Funko Pop of myself.</p>
  857.  
  858.  
  859.  
  860. <p>&#8220;This made me think that when I grew up, I want to work with or make new technology, and this is important to me because now I know how to make video games so I could make a game that a lot of people would play.&#8221;</p>
  861.  
  862.  
  863.  
  864. <p>After museum officials met with school leadership this year, Goethe&#8217;s principal signed off on the STEAM summer camp, which goes through next week.</p>
  865.  
  866.  
  867.  
  868. <p>As part of the neighborhood initiative, museum officials who organize the camps have been teaching Goethe teachers and parents how to use the lab equipment and integrate STEAM into the school curriculum so the program will be sustainable on its own, said Manny Juarez, senior director of creativity and innovation programs in the museum&#8217;s education department.</p>
  869.  
  870.  
  871.  
  872. <p>The multi-year pilot program is also being implemented in Pullman and North Lawndale, where partner organizations help fan out the program to neighborhood schools and community partners, Juarez said.</p>
  873.  
  874.  
  875.  
  876. <p>&#8220;The key thing is we talk to the people that we&#8217;re working with and we ask, &#8216;What is it that you would want from us as a program?&#8217; That&#8217;s really important because the approach is the same [in each school], but the outcome will often change based on what the school is looking for and what their students need, and then we create the solution.&#8221;</p>
  877.  
  878.  
  879.  
  880. <p>The neighborhood pilot program could expand to more schools in the following years, Juarez said. </p>
  881.  
  882.  
  883.  
  884. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="439" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2.jpg?resize=780%2C439&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-724322" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1152&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=900%2C506&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=450%2C253&amp;ssl=1 450w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C113&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=100%2C56&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=2000%2C1125&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;ssl=1 2340w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/beni-2-1024x576.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Beni Alfaro is one of 24 students at Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N. Rockwell St., taking part in a new STEAM summer camp at the school curated and organized by the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry&#8217;s education department. On the first day of camp, Beni is seen printing a 3-D fidget spinner. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
  885.  
  886.  
  887.  
  888. <p>On the first day of the camp at Goethe this week, Beni took a five-minute break to be interviewed about his camp experience.</p>
  889.  
  890.  
  891.  
  892. <p>&#8220;I always liked creating things, ever since I was little,&#8221; Beni said. &#8220;I really liked the 3D printing and the laser cutters were really fun. I printed a couple of things on there.&#8221;</p>
  893.  
  894.  
  895.  
  896. <p>While Beni said he&#8217;s slightly disappointed the camp isn&#8217;t at the museum this year because he loved the car ride there, he&#8217;s happy to be creating alongside his friends and showing off his skills in his neighborhood.</p>
  897.  
  898.  
  899.  
  900. <p>Dalesandro said she was surprised at all of the STEAM camp offerings the museum has, and the camp has benefitted Beni and her family. Seeing it extend to include more Goethe kids has made a lasting impact, she said.</p>
  901.  
  902.  
  903.  
  904. <p>Dalesandro is part of the school&#8217;s STEAM&#8217;s Professional Learning Committee that aims to increase science-based programs for students through lab supplies, programs, after-school activities and more.</p>
  905.  
  906.  
  907.  
  908. <p>Goethe&#8217;s parent group is raising money so it can buy 3D printers and other STEAM supplies for its own programs, Dalesandro said. Anyone interested in supporting STEAM at Goethe can make tax-deductible donations earmarked &#8220;Goethe STEAM&#8221; at the Friends of Goethe School&#8217;s <a href="https://www.fogschool.org/donate" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">website</a>.</p>
  909.  
  910.  
  911.  
  912. <p>The accessibility and STEAM awareness the camp has brought to the school community has given kids more learning outlets and skills in problem solving, Dalesandro said. </p>
  913.  
  914.  
  915.  
  916. <p>&#8220;The biggest impact for me personally and for my family has been this crew of the Fab Lab Team &#8230; . They&#8217;re amazing,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I think STEAM professionals or anyone that&#8217;s teaching STEAM, they&#8217;re just cool people with a lot of interests and they&#8217;re the kind of people I want my kids to be around.&#8221;</p>
  917.  
  918.  
  919.  
  920. <p>Now that the STEAM camp is in the school, Dalesandro&#8217;s next dream is to offer scholarships to children whose family can&#8217;t afford the camp — and to one day offer it to the Logan Square community at large, she said.</p>
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  944. <title>Organizers Took On The Giant Riot Fest And Won, They Say. But Their Fight Against Megafests Isn&#8217;t Over</title>
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  947. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 13:58:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  956. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/09/091323-Riot-Fest-Set-Up-Colin-Boyle-0752.jpg?fit=1024%2C681&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>After almost a decade-long fight, West Side organizers called the music fest's move to the suburbs a “major win," though some neighbors supported Riot Fest.]]></description>
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  958. <p>NORTH LAWNDALE — Ana Solano was in disbelief when Riot Fest announced last week it <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/12/riot-fest-is-moving-to-bridgeviews-seatgeek-stadium/" data-wpel-link="internal">was leaving Douglass Park</a>, relocating to suburban Bridgeview a few months before the three-day music festival was set to start.</p>
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  962. <p>Solano, a neighbor and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization member, is among the West Siders who have publicly pressured the Park District and local officials for years to boot Riot Fest from the park — and who are celebrating the decision as a &#8220;huge win&#8221; for the neighborhood.</p>
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  967. <h2 class="wp-block-heading sidebar" id="h-listen" style="font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-weight:700;text-transform:uppercase">Listen 🎧</h2>
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  970. <div id="pp-podcast-6376" class="pp-podcast single-episode no-header header-hidden modern special-style playerview list-default media-audio hide-download hide-description hide-content"  data-teaser="" data-elength="18" data-eunit=""><div class="pp-podcast__wrapper"><div class="pp-podcast__content pod-content"><div class="pp-podcast__single"><div class="pp-podcast__player"><div class="pp-player-episode"><audio id="pp-podcast-6376-player" preload="none" class="pp-podcast-episode" style="width: 100%;" controls="controls"><source type="audio/mpeg" src="https://cdn.simplecast.com/audio/7295b7d5-e3da-4a44-8389-7abb62c35c0c/episodes/73eaf691-0ff0-4162-8c32-94aad2757e72/audio/08bca62f-41b5-46f7-87fd-b864987a59cb/default_tc.mp3?aid=rss_feed&#038;feed=qM5NtVST" /></audio></div></div><div class="pod-content__episode episode-single"><button class="episode-single__close" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Close Single Episode"><span class="btn-icon-wrap"><svg class="icon icon-pp-x" aria-hidden="true" role="img" focusable="false"><use href="#icon-pp-x" xlink:href="#icon-pp-x"></use></svg></span></button><div class="episode-single__wrapper"><div class="episode-single__header"><div class="episode-single__title">Can Riot Fest Win Over West Siders? Update: No</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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  974. <p>“When I first saw the announcement, I thought it was a joke,” aligned with Riot Fest organizers&#8217; “quirky sense of humor,” Solano said.&nbsp;“I bet it was a hard decision, but ultimately, I feel they made the right decision. It is the right decision and it is an environmental win for the community.”&nbsp;</p>
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  978. <p>Riot Fest co-founder Mike Petryshyn, aka Riot Mike, said last week the decision to move the fest to the suburbs is “solely because of the Park District,” citing delays in the approval process despite following “every guideline.”&nbsp;</p>
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  982. <p>Still, the move surprised community organizers, they told Block Club Chicago. Even as they spoke out <a href="https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=M&amp;ID=1147567&amp;GUID=77F5B9C4-5379-4D9B-B603-2F598C793105" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">at recent Park District board meetings</a>, they left with the impression that parks officials “were on Riot Fest’s side,&#8221; Solano said.&nbsp;</p>
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  986. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/06/20230612_151159.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-646972" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Neighbors protested against Riot Fest in June 2023 in Douglass Park.  <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Trey Arline/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
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  990. <p>Park District CEO Rosa Escareño said the move was a “business decision by the organizers” made without any talks with the city.&nbsp;</p>
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  994. <p>The Park District had been working with community members and organizers “as recently as a couple of weeks ago,” Escareño said. The district “worked tirelessly to strike a balance between community interests and our special events organizers,” she said.&nbsp;</p>
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  998. <p>Riot Fest follows two other major festivals, Heatwave and Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, out of the West Side park. </p>
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  1002. <p>Several organizers from Unete la Villita, which has opposed the festival, said they believe neighbors “speaking out” and organizing against the festival for years led to the move.&nbsp;</p>
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  1006. <p>“It would never be right for me that this green space between Lawndale and Little Village gets blocked for a few weeks every year for this company that makes who knows how much money,” said Joel Novak, a health care worker at a nearby hospital who lives a few blocks away from Douglass Park.&nbsp;</p>
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  1010. <p>But not all are convinced this is the last they&#8217;ll hear from Riot Fest or other event promoters.</p>
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  1014. <p>“I am concerned another megafest will have eyes on Douglass Park,” Solano said. “It’d be working backward if they decided to go back.”&nbsp;</p>
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  1018. <p>The Park District did not respond to requests for further comment. </p>
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  1022. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/09/091723-Riot-Fest-Douglass-Park-Sunday-Colin-Boyle-3947.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-652262" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Festival goers cheer and sing as Flogging Molly performs during the last day of Riot Fest in Douglass Park on Sept. 17, 2023. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
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  1026. <h2 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-a-history-of-tension">A History Of Tension</h2>
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  1030. <p>Riot Fest, founded in Chicago in 2005, has had a history of tension with locals.</p>
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  1034. <p>Pushback from neighbors compelled <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150519/humboldt-park/riot-fest-talks-about-moving-douglas-park-alderman-says/#:~:text=NORTH%20LAWNDALE%20%E2%80%94%20After%20facing%20pushback,Riot%20Fest%20website%20Wednesday%20morning." data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Riot Fest organizers to move from Humboldt Park to Douglass Park in 2015</a> when then-Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) vowed to bar promoters from hosting the event in the neighborhood&#8217;s namesake park.</p>
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  1038. <p>As with the move to the suburbs, Riot Fest&#8217;s shift to Douglass Park was unexpected. Organizers had turned down a previous offer to relocate to North Lawndale.</p>
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  1042. <p>The event faced community pressure outside of Chicago as well, canceling a stop in Philadelphia on its 2012 tour and losing a court battle after it was ousted from its home outside of Denver.</p>
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  1046. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/09/091323-Riot-Fest-Set-Up-Colin-Boyle-0766.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-651984" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The athletic field is open at Douglass Park as crews set up and prepare for Riot Fest on Sept. 13, 2023. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
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  1050. <p>For years, North Lawndale neighbors have complained about noise, disruption to surrounding businesses, damage to park grounds, displacement of youth sports teams, environmental damage, limited parking, people urinating and trashing the streets nearby, safety risks from large crowds and how increased traffic affects access to nearby hospitals.&nbsp;</p>
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  1054. <p>They <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1E2hEMXjRSVNLoRdOc6g7iHD2gQD-im9AkcMHrUFnIxI/edit?usp=sharing" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">have documented</a> the lack of community input into the park&#8217;s use and the festival’s negative impact on neighbors and park infrastructure, saying Riot Fest “was never welcome” at Douglass Park.&nbsp;</p>
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  1058. <p>Riot Fest critics <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/06/13/riot-fest-protesters-make-final-plea-to-block-show-at-douglass-park-before-park-district-decision/" data-wpel-link="internal">arranged community meetings</a>, attended Park District board meetings, met with local alderpeople and collected signatures to push the city and the Park District to end the use of Douglass Park as a festival ground.&nbsp;</p>
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  1062. <p>The No Mega Fest in Douglass Park Coalition collected over 1,500 signatures online and over 900 in-person signatures <a href="https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/nomegafests" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">on a 2022 petition</a> calling on then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot to stop allowing megafestivals in Douglass Park.&nbsp;</p>
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  1066. <p>In April 2023, more than 30 local organizations and four elected officials signed <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/14wZEbKgIBvl1haxcA3I3iGxxmzHS2HAkLOTPr3yNwjU/edit?usp=sharing" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">a letter</a> demanding the city to stop using Douglass Park to host “large, for-profit festivals.”&nbsp;</p>
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  1070. <p>The issue garnered attention from local media, increasing scrutiny on <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/06/14/riot-fest-reset-festival-are-a-go-after-receiving-park-district-approval-despite-neighbors-complaints/" data-wpel-link="internal">who decides how public parks are used</a> and who reaps the benefits of hosting private events.&nbsp;</p>
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  1074. <p>With three major festivals — Riot Fest, Summer Smash and Heatwave Festival — restricting access to Douglass Park for weeks at a time, public pressure pushed the Park District to overhaul how it <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/09/14/lollapalooza-riot-fest-and-other-big-festivals-could-require-chicago-park-district-board-approval-under-proposal/" data-wpel-link="internal">approves private events in public parks</a>.</p>
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  1078. <p>Still, the Park District approved operating permits for Riot Fest last year, along with a Northwest Side festival neighbors said was organized without any notice to locals.</p>
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  1082. <p>While many neighbors have come out against Riot Fest, there is also strong support for the festival, with some saying it is an <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/04/08/after-years-of-tension-can-riot-fest-win-over-west-siders/" data-wpel-link="internal">economic boon</a> for the neighborhood.</p>
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  1086. <p>Ald. Monique Scott (24th), whose ward covers Douglass Park, has supported the festival for its economic benefits. Local groups including the Douglass Park Advisory Council, North Lawndale Eagles football team, Little Village Foundation, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago West Community Music Center have also voiced their support.</p>
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  1090. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/09/091523-Riot-Fest-Friday-Douglass-Park-Colin-Boyle-0292.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-652193" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Turnstile performs during the first day of Riot Fest at Douglass Park in North Lawndale on Sept. 15, 2023. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
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  1094. <p>Three neighbors aired concerns about Riot Fest most recently at the <a href="https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=M&amp;ID=1147567&amp;GUID=77F5B9C4-5379-4D9B-B603-2F598C793105" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener external" data-wpel-link="external">Park District&#8217;s April 10 meeting</a>. Four new commissioners joined the Park District’s board in early May. As the new commissioners “needed more time to get acquainted,” the district delayed the vote on Riot Fest’s provisional permit approval, organizers said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1098. <p><a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/riotfest/2024/06/12/mike-petryshyn-riot-fest-move-douglass-park-chicago-district-bridgeview-seatgeek-stadium-riotland" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Petryshyn told the Sun-Times</a> organizers decided to move the festival after the Park District “started moving the approval calendar on us again.”</p>
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  1102. <p>“What was supposed to be April, became May … even though we followed every single guideline. But there’s a history to that, this is a repetitive pattern. … I saw it as a series of broken promises,” Petryshyn said.</p>
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  1106. <p>Scott <a href="https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/06/13/riot-fest-moving-to-suburbs-was-a-surprise-to-city-park-district-boss-says/" data-wpel-link="internal">reiterated her</a> “resolute support” for the event, also blaming the Park District for Riot’s Fest move. Mayor Brandon Johnson said his administration would “figure out” where disconnects between the Park District and Riot Fest were and “find opportunities where we can either build, mend or create.”&nbsp;</p>
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  1110. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2023/09/091523-Riot-Fest-Friday-Douglass-Park-Colin-Boyle-2266.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-652169" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Festival goers dance and sing as The Interrupters perform during the first day of Riot Fest at Douglass Park in North Lawndale on Sept. 15, 2023. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago</span></figcaption></figure>
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  1114. <h2 class="wp-block-heading" id="h-could-riot-fest-return-to-douglass-park">Could Riot Fest Return To Douglass Park?</h2>
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  1118. <p>While this will be the first summer in years without a major festival in Douglass Park, some think Riot Fest’s move may be a one-time decision given how much support the event has among local officials.</p>
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  1122. <p>“I still look at it as bait,” said youth soccer coach Eddie Alvarez, who hosts a poetry and soccer program for middle and high school students at Douglass Park. “They’re trying to get more from the Park District.”&nbsp;</p>
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  1126. <p>Riot Fest pushes young players out of the park during the summer, Alvarez said. When megafestivals take over the park, the soccer program serving up to 12 schools from Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards and North Lawndale must move to other parks, making it difficult for parents and students to participate, he said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1130. <p>Last year, Riot Fest launched “Beyond the Fest,” an initiative to better support North Lawndale and surrounding neighborhoods, George Herrera, Riot Fest’s director of community relations, previously told Block Club. The initiative included internships for local youth, better traffic management, decreased sound levels, ticket giveaways to neighbors and park cleanups.</p>
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  1134. <p>Despite Riot Fest&#8217;s cleanup efforts and community programs, West Side organizers said they see few overall benefits for the community.&nbsp;</p>
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  1138. <p>Mohammed, an employee of a corner store on the park&#8217;s north side who declined to share his last name, said the store gets more business during the festival’s weekend, but not enough to hurt business when the festival leaves.&nbsp;</p>
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  1142. <p>Local internships and partnerships with local businesses may benefit a few residents, but they “shouldn’t come at the expense of public health and environmental justice,” Solano said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1146. <p>After the festival ends, community organizers said neighbors see lasting physical damage to the park.&nbsp;</p>
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  1150. <p>“The fields would get torn up and the park district would take forever to fix them,” Alvarez said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1154. <p>Riot Fest’s move out of the park is a huge “environmental win” for the area, organizers said. Douglass Park is one of the few public green spaces in an area with a history of environmental racism, Solano said.</p>
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  1158. <p>Unlike parks built for large events, Douglass Park’s soil is not built to withstand festivals that bring heavy foot traffic, equipment and massive stages, said Nance Klehm, soil ecologist and owner of Social Ecologies. Living soil is easily compressible and damageable, Klehm said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1162. <p>Klhem led a pro-bono environmental study last year that found the soil’s oxygen levels and permeability near some of Douglass Park’s oldest and largest trees, in areas where the festival was held, were severely compromised. Soil compaction also decreased the soil’s ability to absorb water, leading to increased flooding in areas such as the soccer fields, Klehm said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1166. <p>Now, without the festival’s impact on the soil, trees could increase airspace in the soil and soil conditions can improve, Klehm said.&nbsp;</p>
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  1170. <p>While community organizers are not opposed to music festivals in North Lawndale, they urged the city to invest “in proper festival grounds.”</p>
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  1174. <p>“I would be very surprised if they tried to come back next year because we’d mobilize,” Novak said. “They can expect resistance.”&nbsp;</p>
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  1186. <p><strong>Block Club Chicago is celebrating six years of neighborhood news. We&#8217;re asking you to help us reach our goal of 600 supporters to keep us going.</strong></p>
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  1198. <title>Peace March Will Honor &#8216;Boogie&#8217; Gonzalez, Violence Intervention Worker Killed During Mediation</title>
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  1200. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Rafael Perez]]></dc:creator>
  1201. <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 13:34:00 +0000</pubDate>
  1202. <category><![CDATA[Pilsen]]></category>
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  1207. <description><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="666" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=300%2C195&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=768%2C499&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1536%2C998&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1200%2C780&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1568%2C1019&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=400%2C260&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=706%2C459&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Gonzalez was a former gang member who had refocused his life, committing himself to the Chicano movement and promoting unity among Mexican Americans in Chicago.]]></description>
  1208. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img width="1024" height="666" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-rss-image-size size-rss-image-size wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?w=2000&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=300%2C195&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=768%2C499&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1536%2C998&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1200%2C780&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=1568%2C1019&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=400%2C260&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?resize=706%2C459&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/Blank-2000-x-1300-4.jpg?fit=1024%2C666&amp;ssl=1&amp;w=370 370w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>
  1209. <p>PILSEN — The family of David “Boogie” Gonzalez, who was killed while mediating a gang dispute 51 years ago, is hosting a peace march and celebration in Pilsen in his memory Saturday.</p>
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  1213. <p>The march for Gonzalez will kick off 9 a.m. Saturday at Harrison Park at the corner of 18th and Wood streets. It will proceed to Throop Park, 1811 S. Throop St.</p>
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  1217. <p>At Throop Park, attendees will enjoy live music by a DJ, food, drinks, Mexican folk dancers, a commemorative speech and a prayer for community healing and protection in honor of Gonzalez. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C8aNv6eOCC-" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Click here for more information.</a></p>
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  1221. <p>The march will be similar to one held in 1973, when dozens walked in memory of Gonzalez, led by banners reading “Boogie Lives” and “While the man laughs, la raza cries.”</p>
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  1225. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" width="600" height="314" src="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/March-For-Boogie.jpg?resize=600%2C314&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-724900" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/March-For-Boogie.jpg?w=600&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/March-For-Boogie.jpg?resize=300%2C157&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/March-For-Boogie.jpg?resize=400%2C209&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/bcc-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2024/06/March-For-Boogie.jpg?w=370&amp;ssl=1 370w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">People marched on 18th Street on June 23, 1973, in memory of David “Boogie” Gonzalez. <span class="image-credit"><span class="credit-label-wrapper">Credit:</span> Provided/Gonzalez Foundation</span></figcaption></figure>
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  1228.  
  1229. <p>Gonzalez was a former member of the Rampant gang on 18th Street who had refocused his life, committing himself to the Chicano movement and promoting unity among Mexican Americans in Chicago.</p>
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  1233. <p>Gonzalez&#8217;s family has preserved his legacy through the establishment of the Gonzalez Foundation in 2012 by his nieces, President Vicky Gonzalez Guy and Vice President Tanya Gonzalez. Committed to carrying on their uncle’s work and supporting the community, the Gonzalez Foundation operates a scholarship program for art students in Pilsen.</p>
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  1240.  
  1241. <p>More recently, the group started a GoFundMe campaign to fund the restoration of a mural honoring Gonzalez, which supporters can donate to <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/boogie-gonzalez-mural?utm_campaign=p_cp+fundraiser-sidebar&amp;utm_medium=copy_link_all&amp;utm_source=customer" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer">here</a>. </p>
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  1245. <p>In 1978, Aurelio Diaz and Sal Vega painted the mural, called “Organicémonos Para Que Haiga Paz” or “Let’s Organize So We May Have Peace.” It prominently features Gonzalez with red paint splattered across his chest. On the other side of the wall, a large male figure leads a classroom, his eyes fixed on Gonzalez.</p>
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