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South Loop community, elected officials not pleased with initial One Central plans

It is not “blue skies” for developing air space over the Metra rail yard just north of McCormick Place in the South Loop neighborhood.


Protestors oppose Trump detention, family separation policies

By Andrew Adams Protesters from dozens of Chicago area activist groups blocked several streets in the Loop on July 13 to protest the Trump administration’s detention and family separation policies as well as its immigration policies generally. Demonstrators met at the Daley Center Plaza on Washington Street at 11 a.m., where the group Indivisible Chicago […]


Health benefits of marijuana—myth, fact, or something in between?

By Eva Hofmann It is official. Governor JB Pritzker has signed the bill legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use, beginning in January 2020. Marijuana for medical use under a doctor’s prescription already is legal in Illinois. This is the second in a three-part series of articles to help inform Gazette Chicago readers about the pros […]


St. Adalbert holds last Mass; parishioners fight on to save church for community

By Nathan Worcester At noon on July 14, the pews at St. Adalbert’s Roman Catholic Church, 1650 W. 17th St., overflowed with people. The church was celebrating its final Mass, a trilingual service in English, Spanish, and Polish. As of July 15, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich relegated St. Adalbert’s to “profane but not sordid use,” […]


Bronzeville home in jeopardy because of debt; owner seeks outside donations

By Sheila Elliott Lynda Thompson’s home brims with the type of history that matters to us all, highlighted by a dining room wall that serves a backdrop for a large studio portrait of her parents, Clara and Arthur Brown. Thompson, seated at the granite countertop in her kitchen, recalled warm times visiting with her parents […]


New Pilsen alderman faces housing preservation, affordability issues

By Igor Studenkov As new Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th Ward) settles in, he faces two issues that could affect the Pilsen community’s character and affordability. First, a proposal aims to designate as a historic district primarily on West 18th Street between South Leavitt and South Sangamon Streets as well as 13 blocks bounded by West […]


Little Italy Festa brings gelato, music, reunions, and food to Taylor Street

The first Chicago contest for the best gelato will be featured at Chicago’s Little Italy Festa-Taylor Street, the annual food, music, and fun fair, from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15 through 18. “It is an international competition, and every four years they select the World Gelato Chef,” said Ron Onesti, a Near West Side native […]


Buckner settles in as State Rep in 26th

When 26th District State Representative Christian Mitchell resigned his seat on January 11 to join Governor JB Pritzker’s administration as a deputy governor, Democratic committeemen from the ten wards that compose the district chose Kambium Buckner to take Mitchell’s seat. The 26th District stretches from the South Loop to Bronzeville. Buckner, a onetime University of […]


IMD plans for future use, density and scope of residential towers, worry Tri-Taylor community

Controversy erupted in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood after the Illinois Medical District (IMD) released a “flyover” video outlining its vision for the area’s future.


New Fulton Market SSA tax questioned by local groups

By Nawal Dairi The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) is proposing a new property tax levy to create a Fulton Market Special Service Area (SSA), joining 53 other SSAs across Chicago, by 2020. The affected business and property owners occupy the area bound by the west side of Ogden Avenue, the west side of Halsted […]


Will recreational cannabis achieve Gov. Pritzker’s goals?

By Eva Hofmann A bill to legalize recreational marijuana was signed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on June 25. The law will take effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Once it takes effect, House Bill 1438 will make Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana sales through the legislative process versus voter initiative and the 11th […]


Community successful in moving new Red Line station for ‘The 78’

By Rick Romano Community involvement has guided the location of a new Red Line station for The 78 development to be built within the next three years. The station, once slated for the east side of Clark Street near Cotton Tail Park, now will be built on the west side of Clark at 15th Street. […]