Sterling Bay Not Putting All of Lincoln Yards’ Eggs In One Basket
May21

Sterling Bay Not Putting All of Lincoln Yards’ Eggs In One Basket

Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development is widely seen as one of the frontrunners if Amazon decides to build its second headquarters in Chicago.  But now that northern Virginia is largely considered the leader in the race for HQ2, it’s a good thing the West Town real estate developer has other rabbits to pull out of its hat. One of those bunnies is a new agreement with Live Nation.  The L.A. entertainment octopus is going...

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Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier
Feb09

Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier

It seems like lately my friends who live in South Florida have been posting more photos of palm trees and beaches on Facebook. I’m not sure if it’s meant to brighten my day, but as I’m trudging through slush on yet another frigid morning, all the sunny photos do is make me want to scream. Well, so what if southerners are walking around in shorts, dining al fresco and applying sunscreen right now. There’s one thing they can’t do: build...

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Earth Day in Chicago: Moving Design And Chicago Conservation Corps Volunteers Celebrate Their Green Ideas
Apr22

Earth Day in Chicago: Moving Design And Chicago Conservation Corps Volunteers Celebrate Their Green Ideas

An Earth Day 2013 quick quiz: How long does it take a banana peel to decompose? How long for a plastic jug? (Answers at the end of this article.) Chicagoans produce 7.6 million tons of trash each year and an average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water each day. The local volunteer organizations Moving Design and Chicago Conservation Corps saw these sobering statistics as an opportunity to raise awareness about...

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Slice of Life: Six Horse Town
Jun01

Slice of Life: Six Horse Town

Don’t let any of your East and West Coast buddies call Chicago a “one-horse town.”  We have photographic proof that this is at least a six-horse town. The horses in question spend their days munching straw in a paddock at 1367 North Sedgwick Street, in Old Town.  This was posted last week on our Facebook page under “Just when I thought I’d seen everything in this city…” Like so many people who...

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Hollywood Blows Up Chicago. Again.

It seems like every month, Hollywood churns out yet another end-of-the-world movie.  Sometimes armageddon doesn’t start in New York or Los Angeles.  It happens on the shores of Lake Michigan. Coming out in July is the latest Transformers movie, called Dark of the Moon.  From what I can tell from the trailer below, it’s about space robots that destroy Chicago.  This is far from the first time Chicago has been destroyed by a...

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The Sadness that is Chicago’s Oktoberfest

Chicago’s Oktoberfest has come and gone, and if you blinked — you missed it. It was held for two days at Federal Plaza (77 West Jackson Street) in the Loop and was a sparsely attended affair. Just a few rows of stand-up tables, and a long tent selling pretzels, beer, and brats. No offense is intended to those who organized it when I give it a “Whoop-de-freakin’-do” rating. Not that long ago, Chicago had...

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Oak Street diamond may shine again
Jul20

Oak Street diamond may shine again

The former diamond of Oak Street may get a chance to shine again. The Chicago Tribune reports that South Africa’s DeBeers company is thinking about opening a boutique in the former Esquire Theater building. The Esquire has been vacant for quite some time.  Plans to redevelop it into a hotel were nixed by the neighbors who worried about traffic and noise.  A quiet upscale diamond merchant, however, would fit in nicely.  After all...

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