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One of approximately 250 vacant lots in the Austin neighborhood that local residents can buy for $1 each under the city's Large Lot Program. (Credit: City of Chicago)

City Expands $1 Vacant Lot Purchase Program

The program offers vacant lots to homeowners and community groups for $1 per lot. Applicants can use the lots to expand existing yards, or even build a new home or addition.

12/19/2014

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Best Up-And-Coming Travel Destinations Of 2015

Travelers looking to visit someplace new should consider these five up-and-coming American travel destinations in 2015.

12/10/2014

Paramedics load a shooting victim into an ambulance near Ohio and Mayfield. (Photo credit: Network Video Productions)

Teen Shot, Killed In Austin

About 9:25 p.m., Demond Avant was standing on the sidewalk in the 600 block of North Mayfield Avenue when someone got out of a nearby van and opened fire, striking him in the head, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

12/04/2014

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Three Armed Robberies At Austin Convenience Stores In A Week

In the robberies, two men dressed in all black with hats or ski masks have walked into the stores, shown a handgun and demanded cash from the register and employees’ wallets, according to a business alert from Austin District detectives.

11/28/2014

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Five Wounded In Thanksgiving Day Shootings Across Chicago

In the most recent shooting, a man was seriously wounded in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

11/28/2014

Police search the scene of another "smash-and-grab" burglary, this time on Chicago's West Side. (CBS)

Burglars Use Stolen Vehicle For Another ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Heist

Police said it wasn’t clear if the robbery was connected to a series of other smash-and-grab burglaries in the Chicago area over the last two months.

11/27/2014

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Year After Year, These Chicago Neighborhoods Continue To See The Most Homicides

Over the span of seven years, the same neighborhoods continued to log more homicides than the rest of the city.

11/26/2014

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3 Dead, 15 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

The most recent fatal shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side left one man dead and another wounded early Saturday.

11/24/2014

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The Chicago Neighborhoods That Didn’t See A Drop In Homicides

The sizable drop in homicides in 2013 is great… as long as you don’t live in one of the neighborhoods that saw an increase.

11/19/2014

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Four In Serious Condition After Crash In Austin

Five people were injured – four seriously – in a two vehicle crash early Saturday in the Austin neighborhood.

11/08/2014

A man was shot to death during an attempted robbery Friday evening at a See Thru Chinese Kitchen restaurant in the West Side Austin neighborhood. | NVP News Video

Restaurant Employee Fatally Shot During Attempted Robbery in Austin

An employee was shot to death at a Chinese restaurant on the West Side during an attempted robbery Friday evening in the Austin neighborhood.

11/01/2014

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Man Shot And Killed Inside His Austin Home

Pierre Peters, 41, was shot in the back about 2:35 p.m. inside his home in the 0 – 100 block of North Lorel, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

10/30/2014

Produce grows at an inner-city garden. (Mason Johnson)

Urban Farms Expanding In Chicago

Soon, yet another inner-city garden will offer healthy, fresh food. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/29/2014

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4 Killed, 32 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday night in Pilsen. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 2100 block of West 18th Place at 9:30 p.m. found a 36-year-old man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, police said.

10/27/2014

Jermaine Powell and Joshua Grayer (Credit: Chicago Police)

Two Charged In Fatal Austin Neighborhood Shooting

Jermaine Powell, 19 of the 5900 block of West Huron, and Joshua Grayer, 19 of the 1200 block of South Saint Louis, were each charged with first degree murder, according to a police statement.

10/27/2014

Artwork from the Nashville field guide by Wildsam.

Wildsam Field Guides A Must For Travelers, Locals Alike

The man behind Wildsam is veteran travel writer Taylor Bruce, who has published three other field guides for San Francisco, Austin and Nashville. A Chicago field guide is in the works for 2015.

10/23/2014

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Police: Man Stabbed To Death In Austin

A male was stabbed to death Thursday night in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, according to police.

10/17/2014

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12 Wounded In City Shootings On Tuesday

Most recently, two men were wounded in a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. The men, ages 22 and 24, were standing outside in the 1800 block of South Hamlin about 9:15 p.m., when someone shot them both.

10/08/2014

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1 Killed, 10 Wounded In Monday Shootings

About 8:40 p.m., a 20-year-old man was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood.The three were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Homan Avenue when a maroon-colored sedan pulled up alongside them and a male got out and opened fire, police said.

09/23/2014

A woman was sexually assaulted in Lakeview last Sunday. (CBS)

Neighborhoods On Alert After Sex Assaults

Two neighborhoods are on alert his morning as Chicago police investigate two separate sexual assaults.

09/22/2014

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