Briefly: Book Marks, Sleeping With Virgin, Occupy The News

  •  With the continuing demise of bookstores across the country, and here in Chicago, the Waldenbooks at Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 West Madison Street) is now branded “HudsonBooksellers.”. Waldenbooks was owned by Borders, which no longer exists.
  • The nondescript building at 203 North Wabash Avenue, on the L bend between the MDA Apartments and the 17th Church, has been bought by Virgin Hotels.
  •  Irony? At the Saturday night/Sunday morning Occupy Chicago protest people were chanting about the lack of media presence, accusing the Chicago Police Department of keeping the media out. The reality is that most media outlets no longer have the money to staff late night events like this, since people like the Occupy Chicago protesters decided that local news is dumb and stopped buying local newspapers and watching local TV news in favor of free content from the Internet. What did they think would happen when they replaced WBBM with Pandora and The Chicago Tribune with Credible Pete’s Really Really Cool News-Flavored Blog?
  • 26 new CTA train cars have been delivered to Chicago from the Bombardier (Bom-bar-dee-ay, people — it’s French Canadian) factory in Plattsburgh, New York.  680 more to come.
  • The “Coming Soon” boards are up at the location of the new Van Cleef and Arpels store on the Michigan Avenue side of the Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place; see photo below).
Construction barrier at the Van Cleef & Arpels store at the Drake Hotel

Construction barrier at the Van Cleef & Arpels store at the Drake Hotel

Author: Editor

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