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Attendees pack the auditorium of Pickard Elementary, at 2301 W. 21st Place, to hear community organizers and elected representatives address the issue of gun violence in the 25th ward.

Community meeting to address gun violence in Pilsen wracked with conflict

February 25, 2020

Shouts from agitated attendees echoed throughout the Pilsen elementary school auditorium, demanding action and denouncing “politically correct” language from police commanders and elected officials on st...

The U.S. Census Bureau has labeled Pilsen as one of the hardest to count communities due to low self-response rates.

Yo cuento: Some Chicago neighborhoods ‘hard to count’ in census

December 7, 2019

Leading up to the 2020 census, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th Ward) is going door to door in the neighborhoods he represents to spread awareness about the importance of participating in the census. “I do hop...

Mexican Independence Day commemorates the start of the war for independence from Spain.

‘Proud to be Mexican’: Chicagoans celebrate Mexico’s independence

September 16, 2019

Chicagoans celebrated Mexican Independence 209 years after the start of the revolution.  The Mexican Independence Day was commemorated with a Sept. 14 parade in Pilsen with marching bands, flo...

Twitter users criticized a student who sent racist messages to a Pilsen bar, and called on the college to take action, while also encouraging people to send messages to both the student and the college.

Student apologizes for racist message after Twitter backlash and response from college

August 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: The term “N-word” is used in this article, referring to a student’s direct messages sent to a Pilsen business. The Chronicle does not condone or promote the use of this term ...

'The Talk': Oh the places you'll go

‘The Talk’: Oh the places you’ll go

February 11, 2019

Whether in the back of a bus, on their birthday or on their childhood bed, everyone remembers their first time—their first time learning about sex, that is. A familiar story for most pubescent teenagers,...

Play offers ‘community, communion, commiseration’ for Mexican-Americans

Play offers ‘community, communion, commiseration’ for Mexican-Americans

By Miranda Manier

March 12, 2018

After performing to sold-out houses for three months, Free Street Theater’s “Meet Juan(ito) Doe” has been remounted for a limited four-week run until March 30. “Meet Juan(ito) Doe,” a surrealist ...

Kaki King performs her best, bathed in the glow of the performance. 

Kaki King steps outside the neck

March 12, 2018

Kaki King, a Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer, has released six albums over 10 years, each more virtuosic than the last.Kaki is currently touring with her innovative multimedia experience The Nec...

Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., will be screening one part of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and hosting a Middle Earth-inspired dinner each night from March 20–22. 

Three hobbits walk into a bar…

March 5, 2018

Fans will soon be able to follow Frodo through the Shire and eat like hobbits during a three-day “Lord of the Rings” movie marathon in Pilsen.Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., will be screening on...

Mary Filice (right), new chair of the Business and Entrepreneurship Department and Duncan MacKenzie (left), new chair of the Art and Art History Department were appointed May 9 and have since been working to further improve programs in their departments. 

New chairs prepare to lead departments

July 11, 2017

Duncan MacKenzie, new chair of the Art and Art History Department, and Mary Filice, new chair of the Business and Entrepreneurship Department, were appointed to their new leadership positions May 9, are spending the summer working on new initiatives within their departments. Onye ...

Slime meets surreal: artist creates scenery for snails

Artist Aleia Murawski said she has been working with miniatures her whole life.  She uses these tiny rooms to create spaces for the snails.

By Blair Paddock

February 13, 2017

Light pours into a tiny room, revealing a bed covered not with a pillow and sheets, but lettuce and cucumbers. Tucked inside is not a human, not a cat, but a snail.Chicago artist Aleia Murawski creates ...

Mathew Shenoda will begin his new position as dean of Academic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and special adviser to the president in June.

Kim creates new position, appoints diversity leader

February 6, 2017

Matthew Shenoda, interim chair of the Art & Art History Department and an associate professor in the Creative Writing Department, has been appointed as the new dean of Academic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and special adviser to the president, according to a Feb. 2 statemen...

“Now when I see teenagers, they directly associate graffiti with some way of money making,” said Miguel Aguilar (pictured), community educator and graffiti artist who teaches graffiti to high schoolers.

Pilsen graffitist paints arts education as opportunity

February 6, 2017

Twenty years ago, Miguel Aguilar took to the streets and began expressing himself through graffiti. It was a way to connect with other teenagers in the community, do something new, release tension and f...

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