TweetEcho – March 29-April 4

For those of you who don’t subscribe to our Twitter feed , here are the things we tweeted in the last week:

  • Field Museum artifacts saved from leaky roof – Chicago Breaking News
  • It’s snowing in Chicago again. Maybe our International Olympic Committee visitors will give us the Winter Games instead.
  • Three finalists named for Chicago’s Burnham Memorial competition:
  • First Navy Pier Chicago fireworks of the season. First time they’ve been on time in years. Thanks, IOC!
  • Fashion guru Tim Gunn (Project Runway, Liz Claiborne, Macy’s TV ads) will be at Kate Spade (54 E.Oak, Chicago) April 16 4-6pm.
  • First Chicago fireworks of the season will happen tonight at 8:00pm at Navy Pier.
  • Ritz Camera at the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph) is among the Chicago-area stores closing.
  • Saw this at the kitty pound this morning. Surely someone in Chicago has room in his home for this sweet moggie.
  • If you can brave the cold Six Flags is open from 10am-7pm (Sun=5pm) each wknd starting TODAY! (via @VisitChicago)
  • Overheard today on Oak Street: “We dont come [to Chicago] like we used to. We try to shop closer to home because of the high [sales] tax.”
  • The Wrigley Building’s Olympic lights came out really nice. Sears Tower/311 South Wacker… not so much.They’re too big and look washed out.
  • Anti-Olympic protesters now gathering at Dirksen. 7pm will march up LaSalle to Washington to Michigan to Randolph. Avoid the northeast Loop.
  • Half of the Michigan Avenue Bridge renovation is done:
  • Happy Olympic Day! Everybody be on your best behavior.
  • Stuff to do in Chicago OTHER than go to the Art Institute since it’s raised it price from $FREE to $18 in three years:
  • The Taste of Chicago is being downsized — but not because of the economy:
  • Crain’s: Huge, vacant strip of land near Sears Tower in Chicago to remain a huge vacant strip of land. Sad.
  • Crain’s: Skinny tower at Randolph and Michigan Avenue in Chicago could end up with 185 apartments:
  • Crain’s: Lululemon will open a new Chicago store and fill the vacant lot that used to be Gino’s East on Rush and Walton:
  • Even the Airport Express vans are decorated for the International Olympic Committee’s visit to Chicago.
  • Updated the ParkView West (505 North McClurg Court, Chicago, Illinois, 60611) article at Chicago Architecture Info:
  • Street sweeping begins in Chicago today. If you have a car, keep an eye out for temporary and permanent no parking signs until November 30.
  • Wrigley Building, CBOT, John Hancock Center, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel are lit up in the Chicago Olympic colors for the IOC visit.
  • Barney’s New York is now closed and moving to it’s new building across Rush Street.
  • Here’s an interesting piece of Chicago history — the day flaming blimp wreckage rained down on the loop, killing people
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago article at Glass Steel and Stone has been updated —
  • The Palmolive Building article at Chicago Architecture Info has been greatly updated with lots of info and history:
  • At the 1893 Exposition in Chicago George Vuitton met John Wanamaker. Wanamaker’s in NY became the 1st in the US to carry Louis Vuitton bags.
  • Hizzoner gets a flat, then warms up to sponsored pothole repair in Chicago:
  • The CTA Tattler has some pictures of the ever-so-slowly rehabbing of the Red Line’s Grand station:
  • The Sun-Times Media Group has filed for bankruptcy. The Trib’s been bankrupt for a year. Who will stop publishing first?
  • The list of performers for this year’s Taste of Chicago is out. Buddy Guy, Charlie Wilson, Counting Crows, etc…
  • The Chicago History Museum is running an Abe Lincoln-themed photo contest: Winners might end up in a museum ad.
  • RedEye’s Olympic chart is pointless. Doesn’t address any real concerns. Tokyo has the edge because of transit, which Daley keeps ignoring.
  • The big story in today’s RedEye is sprucing up Chicago for this week’s visit by the International Olympic Committee. Pick it up- it’s free.
  • Not surprising if you’ve ever talked to a tagger/vandal, but it’s outsiders who mess up Chicago not people who live here:
  • New 35-story tower approved in Evanston:…
  • While Chicagoans mourn the loss of the name “Sears Tower,” BusinessWeek says ‘get over it:’
  • Blurb on the intarweb claims that ChloĆ© is looking for retail space in Chicago. If there’s one thing we have in Chicago, it’s retail space.
  • Wall Street Journal says 108 North State/Block 37 is 55% leased:…
  • Girl Scouts have a table in the south lobby of the John Hancock Center today. Come get your cookies! (I bought three boxes)
  • New sculpture in the planter in front of 401 North Michigan (Equitable Building). Very red. Should go nicely with the tulips.
  • Olympic flags going up on the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Here comes the IOC!
  • City of Chicago crews are cutting down all the ash trees on Taylor Street. Sad to see them go. Blame the emerald ash borer.
  • Robin spotted in the 1400 block of West Polk. Maybe this Chicago winter won’t last forever after all.
  • Buckingham Fountain and the Crown Fountain will be turned on early for the Olympic Committee’s visit to Chicago:
  • Another settlement in a tit-for-tat between the Tribune Company and people who own buildings overlooking Wrigley Field:

Author: Editor

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