September 2015

CTA restoring express buses on Ashland and Western; BRT unlikely

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will restore express bus service sometime this fall on the No. 9 Ashland Avenue and the No. 49 Western Avenue routes.


Thompson offers plans for Stock Yards Bank building

Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward) would like to see a memorial both to the Union Stock Yards and the 1910 fire there that killed 21 firefighters.


Protesters angered by CHA land transfers, lack of housing units

Former Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) residents from the Dearborn, Ickes, and Wentworth Gardens Homes, along with community organizers, protested outside 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell’s office on August 6 because the City of Chicago has transferred public CHA land to commercial interests.


Blackhawks and Rush to use current Malcolm X campus site

Rush University Medical Center and the Chicago Blackhawks are teaming up to take over an 11-acre space where Malcolm X College, which soon will relocate, now stands at 1900 W. Van Buren St. The City will spend $8 million to demolish the current Malcolm X building and will sell the land to Rush and the Blackhawks for $24.3 million.


CPS claims Montefiore not closing, but school has no students left

Chicago Public School (CPS) officials insist Montefiore School at 1310 S. Ashland Ave., an educational facility for youngsters with emotional and behavior challenges, is not closing. There just will not be any students there at the 86-year-old specialty elementary school this fall.


Fulton Randolph area now a landmark district

The City Council on July 28 voted yes to making the Fulton Randolph area a landmark district—the first City historic district located in an active industrial area.


Dyett hunger strike; RFP process extended

The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett School in August led a hunger strike to make the Chicago Public Schools board vote on the future of the school at 555 E. 51st. St. In 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School. In 2014, the CPS issued a request for proposals for new uses for the school.


City OKs Nobu zoning change

The City Council recently approved a zoning change request for Nobu Hotels, which plans to build a hotel and restaurant set to open at 854 W. Randolph St. in 2017.


ATN: September 2015

The 26th annual African Festival of the Arts by African International House will be held Friday through Monday, Sept. 4 through 7…


You can fight City Hall and win, as work of local groups demonstrates

When it comes to fighting City Hall, sometimes the community wins, sometimes it loses, but always it has to keep on fighting.