Demolition Underway For The Gateway Tower in Greektown

We’re seeing the first signs of progress on The Gateway, a new residential tower going in at the corner of West Madison Street and South Halsted Street. Demolition crews are chewing through the rubble of an unremarkable two-story bank, clearing the L-shaped plot for the 312-foot-tall building.  The project also includes a supermarket, and will eliminate a surface parking lot as it wraps around the more substantial building...

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Slice of Life: Looking Down on Downtown

It’s not the highest point in Chicago, but it’s got one of the best views.  This is the view of The Loop from atop the mound at Stearns Quarry Park (2700 South Halsted Street) in Bridgeport. The mound is formed from construction debris that was used as landfill in the quarry after it was abandoned decades ago.  The entire site has since been cleaned up and turned into a modern ecologically-friendly park, complete with a...

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Slice of Life: Four Black Men Chasing After a White Lady…

Date: July 13, 2011Time: 6:37amLocation: CTA #8 bus A middle-aged woman pulling a wheeled suitcase and with a crutch boards a southbound bus at Maxwell Street. The bus drives slowly as she organizes her fare. I sit in my seat wondering if I should go up there and help her with her bag.  But it doesn’t matter. After a short discussion with the driver, she is discharged at West 14th Place for not having enough money. As she...

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Photo Gallery: 2011 Chicago Greek Parade

If you weren’t able to make it to the big Greek Parade in Greektown today, here’s our photo gallery. One point of interest: The red light camera at the corner of Halsted Street and Madison Street kept going off trying to take pictures of the license plates of the marching bands and floats.  Silliness....

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Red Rover, Please Renovate Ramova
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Red Rover, Please Renovate Ramova

We stopped by the Ramova Theater (3518 South Halsted Street) again recently to see how the old girl is holding up. The city recently began a $300,000 project to stabilize the building until some kind soul can buy it and turn it into something other than a source of stink to compete with nearby Bubbly Creek. Around Thanksgiving, we saw some construction workers tinkering among the scaffolding on the south side of the building, but...

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