Slice of Life: Sidewalk Love

A child’s chalk outline of a heart, for some reason amid the vacant lots and wire fences along a lonely industrial street in south...

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Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel
Nov04

Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel

Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt has been selected to create a monument honoring historic anti-lynching published Ida B. Wells to be placed on the median at East 37th Street and South Langley Street in Bronzeville.  More information here. The people behind the proposed Old Saint Patrick’s Tower will present a revised plan for their West Loop skyscraper next week.  The last 22-story proposal set off the grump-o-meters for a lot of...

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 2)

The trumpets are up outside Macy’s on State (111 North State Street).  But don’t expect a Marshall Field’s level of service inside.  Our LoopSpy says he tried to get a present for his wife gift wrapped the other day and was told that the store — the entire store — no longer does gift wrapping.  ...

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A Shadow of Burberry’s Future Self

  With the demolition of the Magnificent Mile’s Burberry Flagship Store (633 North Michigan Avenue), it’s now possible to see just how big the replacement store will be. The windows on the lower floors of the American Osteopathic Association building (142 East Ontario Street), behind the Burberry plot, have been sealed up in anticipation of the rise of the retail monolith next door. While the replacement Burberry...

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