Development challenges neighborhoods, Suspect charged in Wicker Park crime, "City on the Make", 14th District gives to families, Commercial Park event, Fr. Pelton dies, Tree recycling and MORE!

Challenges and opportunities of change: residential and commercial building development in West Town

With the economy on the uptick, the entire area covered by Our Urban Times has begun to get more proposed construction projects.

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Suspect charged in crime against woman and child on Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park

A suspect, James Whiteside was charged in two cases including a 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter in the 1200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, on Dec. 28.

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Business Alert: Robberies in 14th Police District's Wicker Park and Humboldt Park

Multiple robberies in businesses in the 14th Police District have prompted an alert. These photos are from the three incidents

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"Chicago, City on the Make" exhibition and events at Out of line Art Gallery extends thru March 8

The Chicago, City on the Make exhibit and events at Out of line Art Gallery, 2812 W. Chicago Ave., are being extend to March 8, because of Chicago's weather escapades.

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Holidays made brighter for families by 14th Police District

A family holiday party of about 75 people gave 16 families an opportunity to enjoy an evening during which they met Santa, as well as the 14th Police District Commander Francis Valadez, and received presents in the Armitage Baptist Church, 2451 N. Kedzie, just before Christmas.

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Snow fell as Commercial Park bustled with pre holiday events

Outside Commercial Park's pre-holiday event, 1845 W. Rice, on Dec. 14, the horse pulling the wagon, filled with riders, seemed to be enjoying the activities as much as the children and adults as the snow fell.

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Father Thomas N. Pelton dies unexpectedly

Father Thomas N. Pelton, Coordinator of the Supportive Program at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), 2233 W. Division St., and pastor emeritus of Maternity of the BVM Parish, 3647 W. North Ave., unexpectedly died Fri., Jan.

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Free recycling -- Christmas tree recycling Saturday thru Jan. 18

REMINDER: Tomorrow Sat. Jan. 11 trees may be dropped off n the Jewel/Kmart parking lot, 1360 N. Ashland, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Christmas tree recycling begins today, Sat., Jan. 4, in Chicago Parks. The program continues through Jan. 18. A one day event sponsored by WPB SSA #33 and Bartlett Trees will be held on Jan. 11 only.

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First 2014 baby born in Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth at 2 a.m. in Ukrainian Village

At 2:01 a.m. on January 1, the first 2014 baby was born in Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), 2233 W. Division St., in Ukrainian Village.

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Motorists urged to SLOW DOWN on Illinois roads

Road conditions are improving in some areas, but the majority of roads throughout the state are still snow and ice covered, says the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

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