Near West Side residents opposing plans for a new liquor store at 1455 W. Taylor St. have caused Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to pause the process and call two community meetings to discuss the issue.
Residents recently met to launch the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL) community group. NOWL seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents and neighbors of the greater West Loop community. Members want to engage those who wish to collaborate to improve the neighborhood and promote sound development and businesses in the area.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spent a recent morning at St. Therese School, 247 W. 23rd St., visiting with students and touring classrooms. St. Therese eighth grade students sat with Durbin and asked questions about his life as a senator and about important political issues facing the country.
St. Leonard’s Ministries has opened Gracie’s Café, a coffee shop and restaurant at 1517 W. Warren Blvd. in the former Viceroy Hotel, now known as Harvest Commons.
Second Presbyterian Church offers a gym program, Live Fit, for grade school boys and girls on Saturday mornings and afternoons. The program, which began in September, needs male and female athletes and coaches to help youth from grades four through eight learn about fitness; understand
how to engage in a healthful lifestyle and build good relationships; and enjoy basketball, volleyball, and other gym activities.
Plans to open a new South Loop campus for the British School of Chicago have been pushed back to 2015 as a result of a merger between the World Class Learning (WCL) Group and Nord Anglia Education.
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) officially broke ground on Curtis Granderson Stadium on Sept. 17, in front of hundreds of invited guests at a ceremony held directly behind Les Miller Field on the campus. Granderson, who donated the money for the stadium to UIC, is an all-star outfielder for the New York Yankees and a 2003 UIC alumnus. He was in Toronto during the event preparing for a three game series against the Blue Jays.
Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrated the installation of its new pastor, the Rev. Ismael Sandoval, at a Sept. 29 Mass with Bishop Alberto Rojas.
State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis abruptly withdrew his fire safety code proposal requiring residential high-rises to install sprinkler systems just four days before a scheduled public hearing in Springfield, IL.
Governor Pat Quinn recently announced $47 million in investments in Cook County area hospitals as part of the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program.