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Community events and activities are as much a part of El Paseo's mission as gardening. (Courtesy of El Paseo Community Garden)

El Paseo Community Garden is hosting an open house Saturday to celebrate its achievements in 2020, which include the city handing over a half-acre vacant lot that neighbors feared would be developed into luxury condos. 

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Elizabeth Morales, founder of Del Dia Chicago, sits with boxes of fresh produce she gets every week from farmers. (Courtesy Elizabeth Morales)

Meet Elizabeth Morales, a 29-year-old teacher and community service organizer who is working to support local families and individuals struggling with food and housing insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tanya Lopez, activist and founder of Healthy Hood Chicago, speaks outside the Pilsen post office on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Outside the Cesar Chavez Pilsen Post Office on Saturday, activists demanded the resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and showed support for a House bill to reverse recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service as part of a nationwide day action.

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A unity march in Little Village follows days of unrest and reports of racially motivated violence. (WTTW News)

How Chicago communities came together to push past tensions that were feeding a racial divide. 

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A solidarity march in Little Village on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (WTTW News)

There was a message of unity Wednesday as solidarity marches replaced fears of racially motivated violence. We visited Pilsen, Little Village and the suburb of Cicero for a view from the ground.

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As part of our series of virtual art tours, we visit a collection of artwork that highlights the richness of Mexican art in Chicago.

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Superheroes and villains, an icy dip in the lake, backyard chickens and winter ales usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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The Pilsen post office at 1859 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (WTTW News)

Community leaders are pushing the postal service for answers – and changes – after a customer reported a clerk who refused to help Spanish-speaking customers.

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(Nick Ulivieri Photography)

A winter wonderland, fitness classes, bald eagles and a classic fairy tale usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Donnie Hunt, the roastmaster of Stivers Coffee, checks the color of coffee beans as they roast in the company’s gas-driven roaster. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

For more than 30 years, Stivers Coffee has used a large, gas-driven machine to roast coffee beans from all over the world for Chicago’s restaurants, offices, farmers markets and more. We go for a look.

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(Cindy Shebley / Flickr)

Vintage holiday decor, helium balloons and a holiday train usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Patrick L. Pyszka / City of Chicago, DCASE)

Holiday lights, art fairs, new toys and hot rods usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Photo courtesy of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

Scaly creatures, a Dia de Los Muertos celebration, graveyard performances and a beer-centric conference usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Food insecurity is a nationwide problem, but studies show it’s even more acute in Chicago. How one food pantry is trying to tackle the problem.

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The Pilsen neighborhood has been at the center of battles over gentrification. Now the longtime Mexican American community is facing a new twist involving old buildings.

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Bud Billiken Parade (kojoman68 / Flickr)

A huge South Side parade, food festivals, acrobatic felines and natural wines usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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