December 2011

National Hellenic Museum to open

A portal into the richness of Greek culture including its history, art, and personal recollections is opening its doors in Greektown. Years of work and planning culminated for the National Hellenic Museum with an inaugural ball on Nov. 5, after which the museum opened to the public. An official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 8.

East-West University initiates Student Life Center construction

The blend of businesses and university cultures that is so much a part of the South Loop will grow richer soon, thanks to a new ingredient.

New Rush Hospital on track for January opening

Rush University Medical Center’s new 14-floor building at Ashland Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway has reached the “substantial completion” phase and is on track to open in January. Workers are installing more than 10,000 pieces ofmedical equipment in the structure’s 806,000 square feet.

Fioretti, PDNA want to save old Jones building

Construction has started on a new Jones College Prep at 700 S. State, scheduled to open with 1,200 students in fall 2013. The conversation on the new school’s future, and that of the “old” Jones building, has only just started as well…

Neighbors still in disagreement over Sheridan Park improvements

After earning both praise and staunch criticism for adding artificial turf and stadium-style lighting to Sheridan Park, Larry Doody has announced he will step down as Sheridan Park advisory board president.

Officials reveal Grant Park renovation plans to public

Long-awaited designs for renovating north Grant Park finally were unveiled at a recent meeting conducted by Gia Biaggi, director of park planning for the Chicago Park District. The meeting was one of several public gatherings sponsored by the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) and the Chicago Park District (CPD) over the last 18 months.

St. Matthew’s Church coverage earns Gazette Apex Award

Gazette reporter Miriam Cintron won an Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts for her article “City sues St. Matthew for alleged ‘violations,’” which appeared in the March 5, 2010, edition.

Police charge alleged killer

Cook County prosecutors allege that Raymond Harris, a 36-year-old parolee from Carpentersville, IL, is responsible for the fatal beating of Virginia Perillo, a 73-year-old nurse who lived in Bridgeport.

Private vs. union recycling battle continues on

The City is paying close attention to a heated battle taking place along the alley ways of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Two vendors, Sims Metal Management and Waste Management, are vying with Laborer’s Local 1001 for a lucrative contract to handle the City’s residential recycling.

Presidential Towers Wal-Mart wants liquor license

Park Alexandria condominium complex president Roger Gault’s main reason for going to Wal-Mart’s recent meeting with Presidential Towers residents was to see if there was much objection to the mega grocery’s plans to put a liquor department in its 555 W. Madison St. store.

Variety of art and music highlight December community calendar

The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3432,, offers a Skyscraper Express bus tour Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The tour views some of the…

Girl Scouts protest library cuts

Twenty members of the Taylor Street area’s Girl Scout Troop 51178 staged a miniature version of the Occupy movement by protesting plans to cut hours and services at the Roosevelt Branch Library at 1101 W. Taylor St.