OCTOBER 2014

Motor Row development plans unfold, legal web needs to be untangled

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) community organization on Sept. 15 held an open meeting at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to update South Loop residents and the general public on construction projects planned for the Motor Row district, including the James McHugh Construction Co.’s proposed development of a boutique hotel, data center, and retail space on Cermak Road between Michigan Avenue and Indiana Avenue and on Indiana between Cermak and 23rd Street.

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Businesses and residents both are crucial to the Randolph/Fulton Market area success and vitality

It’s a constant battle in cities: when gentrification comes to industrial areas, the question arises about whether the businesses will be able to remain — or be pushed out.

Fioretti Running for Mayor; Wounded Warriors’ Dinner; Roundups

Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers fitness classes and athletic programs. The park will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fun includes Halloween-themed games, a petting zoo, jumping jacks, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, food, and refreshments. Cost is $10.

RFMA: Ban contractor from Fulton project

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) wants the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to remove a contractor from working on the Fulton Market improvements project following comments allegedly made by the owner at a CDOT meeting.

DC think tank says Chicago pension crisis fueled by TIFs

Chicago’s public pension crisis has been fueled in part by the use of tax increment financing (TIF). That conclusion can be found in a report by Washington, DC–based research group Good Jobs First.