Stories by Grace Del Vecchio

75th Street Boardwalk Celebrates Grand Opening in Chatham

Brown Sugar Bakery employees hand out free cupcakes as part of the 75th Street Boardwalk grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Plywood used to board up businesses in the wake of civil unrest this summer is now a sign of economic growth and engagement in one South Side community.

University of Chicago Students End 7-Day Occupation Outside Provost’s Home

Activists in support of defunding the University of Chicago Police Department participate in a march on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Student activists calling for the disbandment of the University of Chicago Police Department ended their weeklong occupation of the 4900 block of South Greenwood Avenue in Kenwood on Friday.

South Shore Celebrates 3rd Annual Back Alley Jazz Series

Sam Trump performs Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 at Back Alley Jazz. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Jazz musicians set up in driveways, front lawns and other outdoor spaces as part of this year’s Back Alley Jazz — a series of pop-up concerts inspired by performances that took place across the South Side in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Dozens of Protesters Reunited with Bicycles Confiscated by Police in July

Chicago police confiscated 76 bicycles from protesters at a July 17 demonstration in Grant Park that turned violent, leaving many without their primary mode of transportation. About two dozen were reunited with their bikes Sunday.

Community Members in Pilsen Denounce Trump, DeJoy at ‘Save the Post Office’ Protest

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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