GCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher of authentic, independent, local community journalism, online and in print, across seven communities on the west side of Chicago and in its west suburbs. GCM’s publications include Austin Weekly News (est. 1986), Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest (1980), Forest Park Review (1918), Riverside Brookfield Landmark (1985), and Village Free Press (2013).

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Austin Weekly News


West Siders settle on plan for redeveloping Mars factory

Community members agree that a mixed-use development would be best for the factory after it closes in 2024

Forest Park Review


Local chefs gather to support Proviso Township scholarships

Past recipients to share success stories while guests dine on a diversity of dishes

RB Landmark


Forest Preserve District opens Schuth’s Grove canoe launch

New accessible amenity at northwest corner of Desplaines and Cermak

Wednesday Journal

Ashley Kannan

OPRF went under soft lockdown due to student fight

School confirms video of fight is circulating in the community

Village Free Press

Ashley Kannan

Looking For A Food Bank In Proviso? That’s Gotten A Lot Easier

The Thierer Family Foundation announced on Oct. 25 that the Vivery platform is now available to all U.S. food banks and pantries.