Powerful Parks Group Non-Committal on Rahm’s Lucas Museum Plan
Apr20

Powerful Parks Group Non-Committal on Rahm’s Lucas Museum Plan

Fresh from scuttling Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for a new $700 million museum along Chicago’s lakefront, neighborhood group Friends of the Parks is taking something of a verbal victory lap. Hizzonor has apparently abandoned plans to place the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in a parking lot near Soldier Field, and is now willing to lay down McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center as the sacrificial lamb, hoping to appease...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs
Apr20

Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs

It’s been two years since we’ve submitted concrete evidence (not literally, of course) of a new development coming to the West Loop neighborhood at 1061 West Van Buren Street. That’s the current home of Blue Plate Catering, a nationally recognized caterer in Chicago since 1983. Blue Plate’s success had led them to seek out larger facilities, and they’ve deciding a combination of renovating old space and...

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