An Aldi closes and a Chicago neighborhood is reeling from the impact

What happens to a neighborhood without a grocery store? We talked to Garfield Park residents about how they’ve been impacted.

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An Aldi closes and a Chicago neighborhood is reeling from the impact

What happens to a neighborhood without a grocery store? We talked to Garfield Park residents about how they’ve been impacted.

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Last year the Garfield Park Aldi closed after 30 years, leaving thousands of West Siders without a nearby grocery store where they can buy affordable, fresh produce or other staples.

Now, the City of Chicago is considering purchasing the Aldi property to ensure it remains a grocery store. WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton and Curious City intern Asia Singleton head to the West Side neighborhood to find how the store’s closing is impacting residents — and what they’re doing trying to do about it.

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Linda Lutton covers Chicago neighborhoods for WBEZ. Follow her @lindalutton.

Asia Singleton is Curious City’s multimedia intern. Follow her @AsingletonTV.