January 2015

County, Chicago Architecture Foundation partner to address County Hospital future

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) recently partnered with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development to gather ideas about the future of the old Cook County Hospital campus.

CHA issues housing RFP for Ickes site; former residents concerned

It has been almost five years since workers tore down the Harold Ickes Homes as part of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Plan for Transformation to replace low-income, highrise housing projects with mixed-income communities.

Townhouse development to replace controversial X/O twin towers plan

Plans for a new townhouse development in the Near South/South Loop neighborhood at the corner of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street are currently in the design stage, replacing developer Keith Giles’s twin tower, glass-and steel X/O condominium project, a casualty of the recent recession.

Walmart, Shops and Lofts at 47 improve Bronzeville retail

The flagship for retail revitalization of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, a customized Walmart at 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, has gotten off to a popular start by filling the neighborhood’s need for full-line groceries, including fresh food.

Eventful, exciting year for news in local communities

If you want news about ten of Chicago’s most vibrant communities, the Gazette is the place to get it… Here is a wrap up of some of the major news stories of 2014 in the months they were covered by the Gazette — your independent community newspaper since 1983.

Bridge Closed; Voting Reform; Round ups

AARP seeks volunteers age 50 or older to serve as volunteer tutors for Chicago Public Schools students from kindergarten through third grade during a two-hour reading session

Grassroots Collaborative offers solutions on city job creation

A report from Grassroots Collaborative has found that downtown Chicago gained 52,404 jobs from 2002 to 2011. While the increase may be good news to some, the group noted such job creation came at much cost, but very little benefit, to Chicago residents.

CHA must keep its promises: Bring Ickes residents back, engage community

Some good things are happening in Bronzeville. The Bronzeville Alliance recently hosted a Corner Store Summit to improve the look and professionalism of local businesses, with the goal being better customer service and an improved business environment.

Letter: ‘Petty dictator’

Dear Editor: From Bunker Hill to Antietam, from Somme to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, brave Americans died to preserve our democracy.

No zoning change pending for Union Street site, says Alderman Balcer

Save the German Schoolhouse, a community group devoted to preserving a 145-year-old former school and church at 1352 S. Union Ave., is calling on Alderman James Balcer “to immediately withdraw his support for the zoning change request pending before the City Council that would permit a controversial rental apartment development to rise on this site,” the group said in a statement.

Carmichael’s earns reprieve from building owner

The Chicago City Council recently passed 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis’s motion to downzone the property housing Carmichael’s Steak House at 1052 W. Monroe St. The zoning change means the property shifted from a downtown mixed use building to a downtown service building, and it now appears Carmichael’s will remain there for at least a few more months.

Bridgeport residents seek local dog park

Bridgeport resident Angie Robertson, concerned with the lack of dog-friendly areas near her neighborhood, has formed the McKinley Park Dog Park Committee to advocate for a dog-friendly area in McKinley Park at 2210 W. Pershing Rd.