Returning Chicago’s Most Famous Community Organizer to His Community
Jul07

Returning Chicago’s Most Famous Community Organizer to His Community

There are more than a dozen cities, institutions, schools, and private organizations currently engaged in a bungee-cord tug-of-war, with the winner landing the Barack Obama Presidential Library.  No matter where it ends up, it will have a huge economic, social, and tourism impact for the winner, which is why places from New York to Hawaii are trying to get in on the action. Not surprisingly, several sites are here in Mr. Obama’s...

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Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building
Jul07

Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building

One of Chicago’s summer blessings are the tiny little urban farms that spring up year after year on disused plots of land across the city. I’m a big fan of urban gardening. When I lived in Cincinnati, I grew corn in long plastic troughs on my balcony, and pumpkins that I was never able to harvest because the vines carried the fruit far into a neighboring tree. When I lived in Houston, my apartment balcony was filled with fruiting lime...

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Ukrainian Village Church One Step Closer to Going Condo

A Chicagoland developer is expected to get a thumb’s up on his plan to turn a Ukrainian Village church building with an attached school into 20 condominiums. Alex Troyanovsky bought the former Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (913 North Hoyne Street) in February of last year. A month later, the city named the Henry Worthmann & John Steinbach-designed buildings a city landmark. Worthmann & Steinbach designed at least 30...

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Controversial High School Expansion Lands at Plan Commission
Jul07

Controversial High School Expansion Lands at Plan Commission

Next week, the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the thorny issue of the Walter Payton College Prep High School expansion (1034 North Wells Street). Last October, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced the $17 million annex would be built on the site of a school parking lot.  This came while the Chicago Public School system was still smarting from a round of school closings and teacher layoffs. The money for the expansion will...

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