January 2017

City’s revitalization vision for river network includes restoring Bridgeport’s Bubbly Creek

A recent City of Chicago vision plan for Chicago’s three rivers includes clean-up and restoration that finally will eliminate Bubbly Creek’s stockyard stench, opening the waterway for recreation and better neighborhood quality of life. Bubbly Creek—at the south fork of the Chicago River’s south branch —creates a boundary between Chicago’s Bridgeport and McKinley Park neighborhoods.

Connector project to link Chinatown and South Loop

Phase one of the Wells Wentworth Connector improvement project is fully underway. The enhancements, which eventually will create a new roadway between Chinatown and the Loop, will offer another north/south option for the growing Chinatown and South Loop areas.

Activists express concerns about oil freight trains

As the United States has become increasingly urbanized, the country’s rail system has remained unchanged.

Two developments underway in South Loop/Near South area

The Riverline and 21st Street Lofts development projects are aiming to make a big residential impact in the South Loop and Near South area, bringing luxury townhouses, low-cost studio apartments, public green space, and a newly constructed riverwalk.

Pilsen’s largest vacant lot may be developed by Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project (TRP), a Pilsen-based housing non-profit, is interested in developing residential units on a long vacant, 7.85-acre site between 16th and 18th Streets and Newberry Avenue and Peoria Street, said Raul Raymundo, TRP chief executive officer.

Use TIF money to help homeless, merchants say

Homeless people sleep under viaducts north of Fulton Street on Oakley Boulevard and Hoyne Avenue, amid their belongings and bedding, while people who work in the area and see them are asking the City to spend tax money to improve the situation.

Great Rivers plan includes Bubbly Creek

Bubbly Creek figures significantly in several sections of the Our Great Rivers vision plan. Various components have completion dates of 2020, 2030, and 2040.

ATN: January 2017

The AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides training for volunteers to help children learn to read. Upcoming sessions are Tuesday…

Eventful year in local communities created news and opportunities for change

The year 2016 was an eventful one in the ten communities the Gazette covers. Following is a look back at news the months it was covered in the Gazette.

Talks still on about new apartment buildings, helicopters

A plan to build two 12-story apartment buildings in the 900 block of South Ashland Avenue alongside two existing ones at the Medical District Apartments might win approval early this year.

Eleanor Street Boat House is dedicated

Pilsen resident and Loop law clerk James Burns joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 11th Ward Ald. Patrick Thompson, and Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly at the Dec. 4 ribbon cutting for the Eleanor Street Boat House at 2828 S. Eleanor St.

New Roosevelt Branch Library is planned

When the Roosevelt Square redevelopment project resumes, a new library at street level—with senior housing above it—will be among the buildings constructed.