May 2013

Roundups; Passport to Taste; Run to Remember

The Alliance for a Greener South Loop is promoting meatless Mondays in May. Several local restaurants are participating…

Residents pay more as City water and sewer rates increase

During tough economic times, paying more for City water and sewer services is the last change local residents want to see. Yet, that is what they face because higher water and sewer rates went into effect Jan. 1, 2013. Proponents of the increase, however, say the higher rates will help pay for infrastructure improvements.

Neighbors express varied views at Newman Center hearing

After sitting through nearly two hours of testimony for and against putting the proposed University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) John Paul II Newman Catholic Student Residence on the site of a 144-year-old church at 1352 S. Union St., Ald. James Balcer (11th Ward) said he is ready to walk.

IDOT’s reconfigured Circle Interchange ramps worry residents, business owners

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials faced an hour of unfriendly fire from residents living near the expressway system’s Circle Interchange during an April 3 hearing at the Chicago Marriott…

RFMA wants changes in street designs and in truck bans in area

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) has requested a meeting with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials to resolve complaints businesses have voiced about new street designs and bans on trucks turning at two intersections adjacent to the Morgan/Lake Street Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station that have been in force since January.

Children will attend Pompeii School again as Urban Prairie moves into building

Urban Prairie, a private elementary school that has outgrown its current space, will move into the former Our Lady of Pompeii School at 1220 W. Lexington St. on the Near West Side in September.

Residential would be eliminated under Riverside zoning change

South Loop residents recently received two notices from 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis notifying them of his request for a zoning change to the land often referred to as Riverside Development or Riverside Park.

McCormick Place hotel to create local jobs

Construction will begin on a new 1,200-room hotel connected to McCormick Place Convention Center in 2014, and the project is expected to generate 2,500 construction and 500 permanent, fulltime jobs, according to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA).

Put the brakes on Circle Interchange reconstruction plan…

Sure, the Circle Interchange, the junction of the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and Kennedy Expressways, and the old and always dangerous left side expressway entrance and exit ramps, need reconfiguration. It was a bad design nearly 60 years ago, and it is worse now when traffic volume is much greater.

Kathy Catrambone chosen UVA executive director

Local resident Kathy Catrambone, who wrote the book Taylor Street: Chicago’s Little Italy and guides tours of the neighborhood, now steps into a new role as executive director of the University Village Association (UVA).

St. James demolition postponed to May

The Archdiocese of Chicago has postponed its planned demolition of St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., to May after falling behind schedule.

Grid garbage collection expands locally

The City of Chicago has rolled out the sixth phase of its grid garbage collection system to approximately 57,000 households in several local wards—the 3rd, 4th, 11th, and 25th—as well as the 5th, 6th, 12th, and 20th.