Briefly: Illuminating Saint Pat’s


Old Saint Patrick's Church

  • Neighbors of Old Saint Patrick’s Church in the West Loop have been going ape over its plans to erect an office tower.  One of their biggest complaints has been potential light pollution.  It looks like the already rough relationship between OSP and The Edge is going to get worse.  Tuesday (December 13, 2011) city crews were spotted installing floodlights on top of the traffic light poles to illuminate the church at night.  The poles are across the street, and it’s hard to imagine there won’t be some light intrusion into condos at The Edge.
  • The Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, has bought that McDonald’s and its land across the street from Wrigley Field.  Crain’s reports that the Ricketts bought it from McDonald’s and is leasing it back to the fast food chain.  As part of the deal, if the Ricketts decide to redevelop the property they just spent $20 million on, a McDonald’s must be part of the plan.

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