Pilsen Garden looks to grow beyond stalled plans for the El Paseo Trail

Welcome to the Garden

By Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports The raised plant beds that dot the wood chip-covered pathways of Pilsen’s El Paseo Community Garden begin sprouting vegetation in early spring.. These community and volunteer-run growing stations are not merely an aesthetic choice but  a necessity. Years of lead smelting and other industrial usage has left the soil of […]

From solar to backyard birds – Find eco-friendly solutions at Going Green Matters

Going Green Maters

By Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Going Green Matters, will feature more than 100 eco-friendly vendors this Sunday, offering everything from solar power to pedal power. Wilmette’s annual environmental fair has been showcasing clean energy solutions and technologies to Chicago area residents for 12 years. The fair, co-sponsored by Go Green Wilmette and the Village of Wilmette, opens […]

Pilsen residents demand rent controls at Town Hall meeting

State Senator Daniel Biss, D-9, speaks at the podium

Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Demands for rent control and affordable housing took center stage, Monday, in the St. Pius V Church basement, as residents of Pilsen and Little Village rose one by one to voice concerns at Pilsen’s Community Town Hall on Rent Control and Property Taxes. The Town Hall, conducted both in Spanish and English, […]

America’s First Nations compete at World Championship Hoop Dancing Contest

Kailayne Jensen, Dine, Mericopa

Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports PHOENIX, Ariz. – A chorus of voices and the echo of drums engulfed the sunbathed amphitheater at the Heard Museum this month as dancers from American Indian and Canadian First Nations gathered for the 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dancing Contest. The dances emerged from tribal healing ceremonies. Now, hoop dancing […]

Chicago’s Working Bikes empowers riders across the globe

Working Bikes Winter Workshop

By Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Traffic along  Western Avenue south of the Loop is often congested. Yet a reprieve from the pandemonium of horns and speeding cars can be found at the corner of Western Avenue and 24th Place, amid a dense forest of refurbished bicycles, at Working Bikes bike shop.  Working Bikes is more […]