June 2009

Chicago’s Near West Side to Host Thousands of Runners @ 28th Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk & Block Party

Thousands of runners (and walkers) will fill Chicago’s Near West Side on Thursday evening, July 9, for the 28th annual Bastille Day 5K Run, Walk & Block Party presented by LifeStart Fitness.

Silver lining in current economy: many companies are hiring

June 2009 – More than six million people have lost their jobs since the recession began, but there is a silver lining: companies still are hiring.

Local area real estate market shows sign of warming up

June 2009 – With growing consumer confidence, low interest rates, and help from President Barack Obama’s economic policies, local communities are seeing more positive activity in their real estate markets.

New dumpster fee smells bad, say condo and business owners

To many Chicagoans, a new tax on dumpsters smells as bad as the dumpsters do.

Local photographer explores the nature of individuality

June 2009 – She walks with a soldier’s stride—unbending, confident, and without a tremor in her gait. She chooses her words carefully, punctuated by metaphors that summarize her convictions about many causes.

Three supermarkets vie for West Haven site

June 2009 – Representatives of three supermarkets eyeing a three-acre Cityowned site on the southeast corner of Madison Street and Western Avenue in West Haven made their cases before several hundred local residents at a May 6 meeting at Crane High School, 2245 W. Jackson Blvd.

Unlearning Racism; Neighborhood Tours; Round-ups

June 2009 – Cash Dash, round-ups, and walk-a-thon in this month’s Around the Neighborhood.

New site is chosen for police station; Costco to get Medical District location

June 2009 – A site at 14th Street and Ashland Avenue within the Illinois Medical District (IMD), which had been slated for a new 12th District Chicago Police station, instead will hold a Costco wholesale warehouse “big box” store, with the new police station going up at 14th Street and Blue Island Avenue.

City lends helping hand for house repairs, other property needs

June 2009 – With recent ups and downs in residential real estate, now “it is even more important to make home improvements,” said 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. The City of Chicago is offering to help residential property owners make repairs via the Tax Increment Finance-Neighborhood Improvement Program (TIF-NIP).

Chicago readies for summer events

June 2009 – No need to travel out-of-state. There are plenty of fun, cost-effective ways to enjoy summer in Chicago. Locals and visitors have much to look forward to without digging too deep in their pockets. Summer 2009 in Chicago brings live music, great food, and many fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy

Signature Residences offer fine amenities

June 2009 – Located on the corner of 31st Street and Indiana Avenue, Signature Residences is a new, five-story condominium building that is walking distance from Dunbar Park, Lake Michigan, and U.S. Cellular Field.

National Public Housing Museum plans two open houses in June

June 2009 – A tour through the roughed-out version of the National Public Housing Museum brought such accolades from some of those who attended that museum officials have planned two more such events.