May 2016

Skyscraper base height increase concerns South Loop residents

Developer Crescent Heights announced plans for the South Loop’s tallest building in September, and developers are set to break ground this June at 113 E. Roosevelt Rd., at the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana Ave. New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly designed the dual 76-story terraced tower structure containing 1,440 residential units.

UVA springing back after winter break

A winter and early spring shutdown of the University Village Association (UVA) is almost over, with a move to a new address and work in progress on both a new community guide and the annual summer festival for Taylor Street.

Plans for new Pilsen walking trail have residents concerned about gentrification

The City of Chicago recently announced plans for a recreational trail, similar to the north side’s 606 Bloomingdale Trail, to replace the abandoned BNSF railroad route between Pilsen and Little Village.

Donation, protests fail to move Archdiocese on closing St. Adalbert’s

At an April 23 Mass celebrating the feast of St. Adalbert, parishioners of St. Adalbert’s church chanted the Bogurodzica, the oldest known Polish hymn and the one sung by Polish knights on the eve of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald.

Developer alters plans for Halsted Street buildings in Canaryville

Months after David Chase’s plans for a string of four free-standing residential/retail buildings on the 4200 and 4300 blocks of south Halsted Street were shot down by neighborhood residents, the developer returned with a “scaleddown” plan for only one building at a community meeting at Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St.

Santa Lucia’s Geraldine Maratea looks back on her ‘labor of love’

An illness and several days of hospitalization would be enough to convince most people that it was time for a long spell of binge TV viewing or resting. Not so for Geraldine Maratea, the retiring but still energetic principal of Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St.

New 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King seeks to be inclusive in setting goals

Sophia Dorsey King said she has tried to follow her mother’s advice “to go out and help someone.” She’s been doing that for at least 30 years, and now she will do that in a larger role as the new 4th Ward alderman.

New mall planned for South Loop

A new shopping mall is planned for the northeast corner of the intersection of Taylor and Canal Streets, across the street and down the block from the Chicago Fire Academy. The mall is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

Oscar’s celebrates 40th anniversary

Oscar’s celebrates 40th anniversary Oscar’s Watch & Jewelry, located at 3460 S. Halsted St., is featuring Pandora jewelry promotions just in time for Mother’s Day.

Chicago is not broke, CivicLab’s Tresser says

Tom Tresser of CivicLab wants to publish a book, Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve, and seeks to raise $10,000 to make that goal happen.

RFMA wants Hubbard, Grand improvements

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association is calling on the City to improve Hubbard Street and Grand Avenue by creating two-hour parking, installing a traffic signal, and stepping up efforts to keep vehicles from speeding.

Chicago Hope hosts successful basketball tourney

Chicago Hope Academy hosted its sixth annual Hoops for Hope three-on-three basketball tournament on April 14 at the Quest Multisport Sports Complex. Proceeds from the tournament helped support the high school, which is located at 2189 W. Bowler Street.