October 2010

South Loop Neighbors Loft Walk

Contact the South Loop neighbors if you would like to show off a unique living space from Congress Street to 22nd Street.

Vive La Hispanidad; $10k reward; Fall Festival

Galileo School’s assistant principal staying put; foreclosure help; roundups.

New Roosevelt skyscraper goal is community quality

Roosevelt University is erecting a 32-story, $118 million skyscraper at 425 S. Wabash Ave., with the idea of helping make the South Loop “a high-quality place to live,” said Chuck Middleton, university president.

City overhauls its policies for encroachments to the public way

“Sometimes, a bill is sent and never reaches the business owner. In error, notices might go to former business owners, corporate headquarters, or anyone other than the person who needs to know that the bill is due. By the time the bill reaches the correct person, the business also has accrued late fees and penalties,” she said.

Steps to obtain a Public Way Use permit

Here are steps and useful information on obtaining a public way use permit from the Chicago of Chicago…

Fight to clean up local coal plant pollution heats up

The fight to clean up the two coalfired power plants within city limits gained traction recently after Alderman Ricardo Muñoz (22nd) agreed to co-sponsor the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, becoming the 15th alderman to do so.

St. Barbara’s Parish celebrates centennial

For decades, the Sun’s rays have poured through stained glass windows at St. Barbara’s Church in Bridgeport, regularly reviving images of St. Jacob victoriously holding his spear over a defeated dragon and Sts. Peter and Paul contemplating Mary. Over the years, the images of these and other have been silent witnesses to parishioners immersed in spiritual thought, praying, and singing.

Volunteers upgrade St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

In the midst of City-ordered repairs, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church faced construction setbacks after recent heavy rainstorms damaged its tower, including knocking out wooden louvers and frames. The church, located at 2108 W. 21st St., had insurance that covered the damage, which workers already have fixed.

Groundbreaking at least a year away for Costco

Local merchants who have expressed concern over a new Costco wholesale warehouse’s potential economic impact, or who have expressed hope the Costco will attract more shoppers to the community, will not know for a while what actual effect the new store at Ashland Avenue and 14th Street will have.

Hundreds square off in Roosevelt Square petitions

Almost as many signatures are on a petition supporting a plan for more rental apartments at Roosevelt Square as are on a petition seeking to reject the two 60-unit buildings.

Community mourns second Coletta twin’s death

When Michael Coletta’s identical twin brother Morrie died, Michael said he should have been the one to go first. The twins had had physical exams the previous year, and “I was the one who had a leaky heart valve, ”Michael said.

Attorney James McGough, 79, dies

James J. McGough, 79, passed away July 31. The New Jersey native had lived in Chicago since 1974, most recently in the South Loop.