August 2010

Grant Park rejuvenation plan calls for ‘balanced improvements’

Workers are renovating Grant Park across its length, from Randolph Street to Roosevelt Road. Improvements include a new park to the north, upgrades in the middle, and new plans for the far south end.

Dueling petitions, dispute over rental buildings, cloud Roosevelt Square future

One petition circulated in and around Roosevelt Square opposes extending public funding for the development until an issue about rental units is settled. Another petition calls for continuing current plans for the mixed-income community’s next construction phase.

National heritage area, migration centennial discussed in Bronzeville

The Bronzeville International Summit II: Urban Innovation, held earlier this year at the U.S. Cellular Field Conference Center, brought local leaders together to discuss their community’s strengths and the 20-year campaign to preserve Bronzeville as a National Heritage area.

Beekeepers in Pilsen produce both honey, environmental awareness

Although beekeeping largely is associated with farms and rural apiaries in warm, exotic locations, the number of urban beekeepers is growing. Besides producing delicious honeys both for sale and personal use, they help keep the world greener.

Food Donations; Health Fair; Roundups

Green job training, fighting breast cancer, festa Italiana and more in this month’s ATN…

Outspoken Principal Pollett retires from Montefiore School

Mary Ann Pollett may have left after 17 years as principal of Montefiore Special School, 1310 S. Ashland Ave., but she does not want the focus to be on her.

La Casa del Pueblo staying independent

Recent rumors in the community that Pilsen’s family-owned grocery store, La Casa del Pueblo, would be taken over by the Trader Joe’s national chain are unfounded.

River City evacuated

River City at 800 S. Wells St. was evacuated on Sat., July 24, due to flooding from heavy rainstorms. The evacuation affected about 1,500 people.

CTA, Pepsi deny acquisition rumors

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Pepsi Beverages Co., a division of PepsiCo, have denied rumors that the CTA will acquire the site of a Pepsi bottling plant at 1400 W. 35th St.

Chicago Hope, Chicago Lions rehab field

Chicago Hope Academy, a nondenominational Christian independent high school, and the Chicago Lions, a rugby team, have spent the summer reconstructing the Lions for Hope Field, 2431 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago Hope and the Chicago Lions will use the field, or “pitch,” as rugby fields are called, as their home for rugby and other sports throughout the year.

Taylor Street Festa Italiana expands to four days

The Near West Side/Little Italy’s fourth annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana will take place August 5 through 8 between Ashland Avenue and Loomis Street. This year’s street festival opens on a Thursday, spanning four days instead of the usual three.

New data center slated for Cermak Rd.

Chicago-based JRM Technology LLC plans to build a 315,000 square foot data center at 111 E. Cermak Rd., just two blocks from the 1.1 million square foot data carrier site at 350 E. Cermak Rd. in the former RR Donnelly printing plant.