New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors
May13

New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors

No rude waiters slinging insults and cheese fries. No bobby-soxers dancing on counter tops, shaking their… milkshakes. Just a roomful of River North locals curious to see 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly introduce the new apartment tower slated to take over Ed Debevic’s space at 640 North Wells Street. If there were any of Ed’s supporters ready to chain themselves to their favorite booth, they must have been too...

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Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library
May13

Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library

Following yesterday’s official announcement that that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in a park on Chicago’s South Side, the Friends of the Parks issued a statement expressing its dismay. The organization has been against any use of public park space for the library, which is expected to use quite a lot of space.  But after the official announcement, it is striking a conciliatory tone; doing...

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Filling in the Cracks in Chinatown
May13

Filling in the Cracks in Chinatown

One way of telling how “hot” a neighborhood ranks is by looking at the hoops developers will jump through in order to build there.  Is he willing to accept a River North lot bisected by the L?   What about a Bridgeport site within smelling distance of Bubbly Creek?  Or one in Streeterville contaminated with radioactive dirt?   There are almost always tradeoffs when it comes to selecting a site in Chicago. Something similar...

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