October 2014

Phil Ranstrom, Charlie Joe Henderson to speak at inauguration of Maxwell Street Luncheons

Phil Ranstrom, Charlie Joe Henderson to speak at inauguration of Maxwell Street Luncheons Oct. 18 The Maxwell Street Foundation of Chicago is organizing a series of luncheons to bring together people who still care about the old Maxwell Street Market, the Maxwell Street old neighborhood, and the New Maxwell Street Market on Desplaines St. The purpose is to share stories and ideas about Maxwell Street, to preserve and promote it for the future.


Fioretti Running for Mayor; Wounded Warriors’ Dinner; Roundups

Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers fitness classes and athletic programs. The park will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fun includes Halloween-themed games, a petting zoo, jumping jacks, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, food, and refreshments. Cost is $10.


Motor Row development plans unfold, legal web needs to be untangled

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) community organization on Sept. 15 held an open meeting at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to update South Loop residents and the general public on construction projects planned for the Motor Row district, including the James McHugh Construction Co.’s proposed development of a boutique hotel, data center, and retail space on Cermak Road between Michigan Avenue and Indiana Avenue and on Indiana between Cermak and 23rd Street.


RFMA: Ban contractor from Fulton project

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) wants the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to remove a contractor from working on the Fulton Market improvements project following comments allegedly made by the owner at a CDOT meeting.


DC think tank says Chicago pension crisis fueled by TIFs

Chicago’s public pension crisis has been fueled in part by the use of tax increment financing (TIF). That conclusion can be found in a report by Washington, DC–based research group Good Jobs First.


Near South resident killed by falling stone; fiancé sues church, Presbytery

The fiancé of a woman who was killed by masonry that fell off the historic Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop/Near South community on Sept. 4 has filed suit against both the church and the Presbytery of Chicago, which oversees Presbyterian churches in the area and serves as regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church USA.


Rev. Michael Gabriel takes over as pastor of Holy Family Church

After a three-month transition period, the Rev. Michael Gabriel recently became the new pastor at Holy Family Church, located at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd.


IMD allocates land to Special Olympics and CAN-TV

The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) voted recently in favor of allocating 12 acres of district property located at South Wood and West 14th Streets to Special Olympics Chicago (SOC) for a $30 million, permanent, year round athletic complex.


Hunt for asphalt grinder continues; bumps remain

After several months of searching, the City continues its hunt for the special asphalt grinder Alderman James Balcer (11th Ward) said is needed to repair the significant weather damage on 33rd and 35th Streets under the viaduct next to the Dan Ryan Expressway near U.S. Cellular Field.


Future of DiMuccio land in Roosevelt Square in doubt

Jim and Barb DiMuccio still hope to ease their retirement by selling the former Circle Cleaners site to developers, but they are not holding their breaths.