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Little Village Chef Bets on Fast Food Quesadillas

Little Village Chef Bets on Fast Food Quesadillas

Las Quecas, a fast-casual quesadilla eatery recently opened in Chicago marking the chain’s first unit in the U.S. Local celebrity chef Ambrocio Gonzalez, owner of La Catedral Café and Restaurant, opened America’s first  location in partnership with Francisco Ugalde. Las Quecas occupies a space adjacent to La Catedral Café on the 2500 block of South Christiana […]

CPS Opens S.O.A.R Center In Little Village To Lower High School Drop Out Rate

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CPS Opens S.O.A.R Center In Little Village To Lower High School Drop Out Rate

Chicago Public Schools opened a Student Outreach and Re-engagement center for the Pilsen and Little Village Community, to promote education among the largely Hispanic community. Michelle Murillo was transferred from Hubbard High School to Pathways alternative school because she was a senior who wasn’t going to graduate on time, she said. In Chicago, 44,000 Hispanic […]

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Pilsen Artist creates Art from Recyclable materials

Leticia Rodarte started her art career and became an entrepreneur at age eight. It started during grammar school in Mexico, she drew maps for her friends and charged them a “torta” for it, Rodarte said. “I started making my own money selling my drawings to friends from grammar school,” Rodarte said. “That’s when it started, […]

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Police Keep Licensed Peddlers Moving on 18th Street

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Police Keep Licensed Peddlers Moving on 18th Street

Pilsen peddlers say business complaints to police have stopped them from selling on 18th Street. Anastacia Cortez, a licensed peddler for 15 years, said Chicago Police Officers have told her to move numerous times while selling on 18th Street. “The cops tell me that my post is mobile, and I have to keep moving, so I leave,” Cortez said. Cortez said she later is […]

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Growing Station Community Garden in Pilsen focuses on water conservation

For the past two years, every April through September, 63 year-old Carlos Nunez, has been waking up early morning to go water his plants, monitor the garden for about two to four hours and returns after sunset to do it all again. Nunez, a Pilsen resident, is a volunteer garden monitor for the Growing Station Community […]

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Residents react to two North Lawndale schools on CPS closing list

Two North Lawndale public schools will be closed this year, instead of the 12 that were initially listed as potential closing targets, officials announced Thursday morning. Matthew Henson and Nathaniel Pope elementary schools in North Lawndale, as well as Ignance Paderewski Elementary in South Lawndale will be closed as part of a district-wide effort to […]

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USA Network Bus Tour Makes Last Stop in Chicago

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USA Network Bus Tour Makes Last Stop in Chicago

USA Network’s Characters Unite National Bus Tour made its last stop in Chicago’s Millennium Park this week, encouraging people to take a stand against discrimination, hate and violence. The cross-country bus tour is part of USA Network’s “Characters Unite Month” campaign to stop injustice.  The campaign was launched in February 2009 as part of a […]

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