Lincoln Yards Passes Zoning, Finance Is Next

There’s an expression the kids used to use that goes, “Save the drama for your mama.” Chicago City Hall must have been full of mothers today when city council’s Zoning committee voted to approve the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project.

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay)
Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay)

The drama bubbled up from the minutiae of parliamentary procedure. The short version is that when 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman tried to keep Sterling Bay’s new neighborhood from being voted on, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett told him to get bent. The city attorney put on his referee stripes…. and if you’re really interested, here’s the Sun-Times’ version of events.

The bottom line is that in a nine to four decision, Lincoln Yards is moving forward.

The next step is city council’s Finance committee, which meets on Monday. It will decide if Lincoln Yards will get the benefits of the largest TIF in Chicago history.

“That’s a real nice development proposal you’ve got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it on its way through City Hall.”

Between now and then, expect a lot of angry people to try to get a lot of face time in front of TV cameras. At this point they probably can’t stop Lincoln Yards from becoming a reality, but in the Chicago tradition, they will at least try to take a lead pipe to its kneecaps as it walks down the dark alley that is City Hall.

Author: Editor

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