Week 10, I visited the New City community area of Chicago. The New City community contains the Back of the Yards, and the Canaryville Neighborhoods. New City is also home to the famous Union Stock Yards, which you've probably heard of by reading the classic novel, "The Jungle" written by Upton Sinclair. The stock yards closed in 1971 due to mechanized meat packaging processes, which is a fancy way of saying "computers took peoples jobs back then."
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council was founded by legendary Activist Saul Alinsky. The BOYNC is in great hands today with President Craig Chico, and my community superhero award goes to April Hall. She'll be receiving an M3 hoodie in the mail this week. On short notice, she allowed me to come visit the BOYNC headquarters, and she talked to me about BOYNC's mission, which is to enhance the general welfare of all residents, organizations, and businesses in our service area. We accomplish this by integrating social service and economic development programs. They even have their own newspaper, "The Gate."
My next stop in the New City community was a vertical farm called "The Plant" located at 1400 w. 46th St. Guess what, outside of the plant there's a windmill. Yup, there's a windmill on the South Side of Chicago! You'll have to watch the video to learn more about the plant. They give public tours every Saturday at 2 pm. I recommend you check out.
The last stop on my New City getaway was in Canaryville at a place called "Bake for Me, Bakery" located on the corner of 43rd and Halsted. These homemade delicatessens have me not wanting to eat at Dunkin Donuts anymore. I love Chicago mom and pop shops like "Bake for Me." A lot of soul goes into the food. I'm really not a fan of the franchise restaurants. Just wanted to say that.