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Through the month of October, a series of events called “Journey Chicago” is taking place at cultural heritage centers across the city and suburbs. 

Evelyn Flores and Laura Alvarado in their Little Village shop Alborada. (WTTW News)

A quinceañera is all about the details. A family-run business in Little Village has been playing a part in the quinceañeras of area girls for years.

El Churro Shop in Little Village. (WTTW News)

“Crunchy outside, soft center, golden brown and delicious” – that’s how Aldo Rios, owner of El Churro Shop in Little Village, describes the perfect churro. 

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After worrying for months that they would be kicked out under a new owner, vendors at the shopping center have been given a short extension on their leases.

The Discount Mall in Little Village is pictured in August 2022. (WTTW News)

For now, it’s business as usual inside the Discount Mall in Little Village as customers navigate through the aisles and vendors work to land a sale. But these merchants don’t know how long they have left to run their businesses. 

Victor Chihuake asks for the FBI to investigate the unsolved homicide of his cousin Ramiro Morales Jr. during a rally outside the Chicago FBI field office on March 22, 2022. (Joanna Hernandez / WTTW News)

Mothers and family members who are seeking justice in the killings of their loved ones stood outside the Chicago FBI field office. The rally was organized by the Little Village Community Council as a way to bring attention to unsolved homicides in the city and to ask the FBI for assistance.

The iconic arch that welcomes everyone to La Villita is set to become an official landmark. (WTTW News)

The Little Village arch is the first structure designed by a Mexican American architect to get landmark status in Chicago, officials said. 

The iconic arch that welcomes everyone to La Villita has preliminary landmark status. (WTTW News)

Should full landmark status be granted, the arch will become the first symbol of Chicago’s Latino community to receive that honor, as well as the first time an architect of Mexican descent has had a structure landmarked here. 

Chicago is about to get more green space. We preview two long-anticipated new parks slated to open this weekend.

Community groups in Little Village organize to prevent violence in a neighborhood that sits on the border between two warring gang factions. 

The ISAT test is scheduled to begin next week, but some Chicago Public School teachers are refusing to administer the statewide tests. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read an article.