July 2011

Bridgeport Farmers Market; Gonzalez Street Naming; Roundups

Cheese, seasonable fresh produce, baked goods, and honey are just some of the items available at the Bridgeport Farmers Market, held every Saturday through Sept. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 35th and Wallace Streets…

Anti-pollution groups pressure Mayor Emanuel on coal plants

Though an ordinance that would have forced Midwest Generation to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emitted from its Chicago coal fired power plants did not make it out of a joint City Council committee hearing in April, supporters have turned to new Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take action.

New indoor skate park sought for South Loop/Chinatown community

The South Loop/Chinatown area soon may have a new indoor skate park at 1600 to 1725 S. Clark St. — the first of its kind in the city.

Community votes on Fosco Park design

About 40 residents of the community around Fosco Park picked a design concept for a new multipurpose recreational area on a one-acre site just south of the park field house at 1312 S. Racine Ave.

TSA head asks Hull-House to include more about Italians

Vince Romano, founder and editor of the Taylor Street Archives (TSA), wants the Italian-American history of the Near West Side featured more prominently in the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, which is owned and operated by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Bridgeport Citizens Group uses networking to increase safety

The Bridgeport Citizens Group has formed to increase neighborhood safety by helping residents get to know each other better and keep on the lookout for criminal behavior. The group aims to create a network of community residents who watch out for one another and help make the neighborhood a better place to work and live.

Construction of developments planned for West Loop area

Developers are planning three new projects for the West Loop, and locals are hoping for development of another parcel as well.

Testa Produce opens new green distribution center

Independent wholesale produce distributor Testa Produce Inc. recently opened a new 91,000 square-foot, $20-million distribution center in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park at 4555 S. Racine Ave.

UIC student athletes honored for academic achievement

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) student athletes, coaches, and staff recently celebrated the Flames’ academic success at the annual Night of Champions Academic Banquet.

UIC’s student athlete stars named

UIC student athlete academic award winners for 2010-11 are: Baseball, Andrew Leonard, 3.5, management; Nicholas Addison, communication; and Steven McGuiggan, communication.

Mercy presents free total joint replacement education sessions

Considering and preparing for joint replacement can be overwhelming.

Roosevelt tops off new building

Roosevelt University recently topped off its 32-story “vertical campus” building at 425 S. Wabash Ave.