Burns hopes Shops and Lofts to spur new developments

Alderman Will Burns of the 4th Ward said things are going well with Shops and Lofts at 47, the first project combining new retail and housing in Bronzeville in more than 50 years.

IMD Gateway developers vow only market-rate housing

All the housing will be upscale in a planned multi-purpose Gateway to the Illinois Medical District’s west side, and parking and traffic in the surrounding area will be limited, according to Ald. Jason Erwin (28th Ward) and developers.

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.

RFMA suggests business zoning for Lake Street

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) has called for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development to change the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, DPD’s initiative to coordinate development in the West Loop.

West Loop groups, aldermen discuss parking in area

West Loop residents and business owners recently met to resolve the “day tripper” parking ban that has caused concern in recent months.

Maria Leal serves community at St. Matthew’s

Maria L. Leal, also known as the “miracle worker,” has dedicated 26 years to St. Matthew Lutheran Church as the director of community services. Despite battling illness this year, she continues to serve the community.

Chicago Lighthouse opens preschool

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired has opened a free preschool for children ages three through five. Preschool for All offers an opportunity for children with and without visual impairments to learn in the same setting. Multisensory materials benefit all students, and teachers adapt all materials, toys, and books to meet each child’s individual needs, including Braille, large print, or regular print.

New Ping Tom Park field house is dedicated

Hundreds of Chinatown, South Loop, and Near South residents joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis at last month’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ping Tom Memorial Park field house at 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. The 30,000 square foot facility, designed by Wight and Company, provides a multi-purpose gym, a state-of-the- art fitness room, two meeting rooms, an indoor pool, and a 3,200 square foot rooftop terrace.

Community waiting for Morgan/Lake truck turns signs

Business and community leaders from the Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) still are waiting for City officials to restore critical truck turns for mid-sized box trucks and delivery trucks at the intersection of Morgan and Lake Streets.

Community meets with DePaul at PDNA festival

Approximately 2,000 people attended the Sept. 7 Festival on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop’s Prairie Avenue Historic District, hosted by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA).

PDNA, community continue to oppose street through park

Plans by a local developer to build a street through or near a park near Indiana Avenue, between 15th and 16th street, continue to face significant local opposition, according to Tina Feldstein, president of the Prairie district Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA).

RFMA pressing for Lake Street turn sign removal

Local business owners and the Randolph/Fulton Market Association that represents them still are working on getting the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to change rules preventing all trucks from turning at two intersections near the Morgan/Lake Street Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station.