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Xquina Cafe Community Hub Officially Underway On 26th Street In Little Village: ‘This Is A Big Day’
LITTLE VILLAGE — After three years, Xquina, a bilingual business incubator, co-working space and cafe in Little Village, is officially in the works.
On Wednesday morning, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) and Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a ceremonial groundbreaking at 3523- 3525 W. 26th St., marking a momentous day for the project that was initially introduced to neighbors in 2018.
Blanca Soto, executive director of the chamber, called the ground breaking a “big day” for the neighborhood and local entrepreneurs who will soon have a new space to cultivate their ideas.
“This project is rooted in the legacy of strong Latino entrepreneurship and will drive the future of entrepreneurship in our community,” Soto said during a press conference.
As part of the project, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the Little Village Community Foundation will rehab two- and three-story buildings on the corner of 26th Street and Drake Avenue.
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