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May 20 2022

The Little Village Community Foundation and The Little Village Chamber of Commerce Transfer Ownership of The Xquina Incubator and Café

The Little Village Community Foundation (LVCF) and the Little Village Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) announced today the consolidation of ownership interests of the planned Xquina Incubator and Café. Effective immediately, the LVCF will become the sole owner and operator of the Xquina Incubator and Café in Little Village. The Xquina Incubator and Café is expected to be completed by the LVCF by 2023. (Full Article featured in English followed by ...
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May 6 2022

77 Flavors of Chicago – Cristy of the Little Village Community Foundation joins hosts Sara Faddah and Dario Durham from Flavors 77 of Chicago Podcast

What's up again, everyone! Let's talk about South Lawndale! We are joined by Cristy of the Little Village Community Foundation. She tells us of the pride and youthfulness of her community and takes us to a neighborhood gem to eat, La Chaparrita Grocery! Tune in and laugh, learn, and eat with us! Thank you to our partner, Choose Chicago!
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Nov 12 2021

Little Village Neighbors Unveil New Mural Honoring Mexican American Veteran Manuel Pérez Jr.

Little Village residents, elected officials and members from the American Legion Post 1017 unveiled a new mural on Veterans Day Thursday to honor the life of veteran Manuel Pérez Jr., who was killed in action during World War II.
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Nov 11 2021

Nuevo Mural en la Villita para Conmemorar al Mexicano Manuel Pérez Jr.

La Fundación Comunitaria de La Villita anunció la presentación de un nuevo mural que honra al ganador de la medalla de honor del congreso PFC Manuel Perez Jr. Este mural nuevo estará ubicado en la plaza Manuel Pérez Jr Memorial que se encuentra ubicada en la 4345 W 26th St. Este es el único monumento en Illinois a los veteranos que lleva el nombre de un mexicano- americano.
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Sep 23 2021

We Rise Together: $7.4M in COVID-19 Impact Grants Uplifts Community Plans

In South Lawndale, Latinos Progresando has been planning for years to transform a vacant, old city library building into a community center. But when the pandemic hit, the group's focus shifted immediately. "We had to stop, because at that time we had to make sure the families in our community had what they needed to survive," said Luis Gutierrez, the founder and CEO of Latinos Progresando. On Thursday, We Rise ...
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Apr 12 2021

Stay-At-Home Microbusinesses Pop Up as Job Losses Continue

As Chicagoans try to survive the economic disruption of a yearlong shutdown, these kinds of creative new ventures may be blossoming. Of course, side hustles and microentrepreneurship existed before the pandemic, especially among undocumented immigrants and others who have difficulty finding regular employment. But in the past year local experts say they’ve witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of people selling food or products from their homes.  
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May 15 2020

Cocina Rx Receives $20,000 COVID-19 Grant

To help ease the increased needs of Illinoisans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) awarded the Little Village Community Foundation – Cocina Rx a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s $1.5 million COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund. Black and brown communities most affected by COVID-19 will now be able to experience Lifestyle Medicine recommendations such as “food as medicine” chef-prepared meals and fresh local groceries ...
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May 2 2020

Chicago Creative Marketing Firm Creates Protect To Respect COVID-19 PSA Campaign

Recognizing the importance of Chicago’s neighborhood minority-owned retailers to implement COVID-19 safety measures, FourStar Branding, a Chicago creative branding and marketing firm providing small businesses and nonprofits access to top blue-chip services, created the “Protect To Respect” PSA campaign urging people to wear masks. The firm partnered with the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, the Little Village Community Foundation, Food, 1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This ...
Nov 1 2019

Little Village Community Foundation in Innovative Partnerships to Help Businesses of Color Grow

Xquina Incubator will create an open, accessible and inclusive learning environment that provides bilingual, adaptable training and coaching for current and emerging businesses, working-class residents, media professionals and local youth. Little Village Community Foundation has identified several core partners toward this purpose. They include the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, State of Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and FourStar Branding, as well as local universities, to provide technical business support, ...