Urban pioneering

Explore Fulton Market returns


West Loop’s gritty-cool neighborhood welcomes visitors this weekend
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Mayhem in the South Loop

brought to you by NBC via Chicago Fire


Out for a morning stroll this morning, I ran into two full blocks of trucks belonging to the new NBC show "Chicago Fire"--which premiered last night. And I'm grateful for a little excitement in the neighborhood, I must say. Read More...

On Target

Retail giant launches West Jackson location


Chicago’s newest Target Store is now open for business in the West Loop
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Genius in the neighborhood

a MacArthur Foundation genius has connections to the South Loop


When the MacArthur genius grant fellows were announced recently, I was very pleased to find out that one had a nice South Loop connection; in fact, a few South Loop connections Read More...

A slice of the Marathon belongs totally to the South Loop

that last swath along MIchigan over to Roosevelt is ours and ours alone


This year for the first time I realized how much that last slice of the marathon totally belongs to us in the South Loop Read More...

Pug mania!

A drooly Fulton Market party


West Loop venue Chicago Party Animals plays host to Fall Pug Party
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My first PianoForte concert

free and in the neighborhood and open to all


I'd always kind of heard of the free first Friday PianoForte concert in the neighborhood, but never tried one. Until today. And I liked it. Read More...

Pete's Fresh Market restarts construction

Morning after community meeting, equipment returns to site for excavation; protestors promise rally


Pete’s Fresh Market restarted construction on its Near West Side grocery store Thursday, several weeks after shutting down the site because the store’s owners claimed protestors were making threats at the site.
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Revisions offered for 33-story apartment

West Loop proposed high-rise


A largely supportive group of neighborhood residents and business owners viewed the latest version of the proposed property at Adams and Halsted
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A South Looper hits the books and gets a poem written about her

A poem is read about Marilyn Scott at Newberry


South Looper and extraordinary volunteer Marilyn Scott was honored at Newberry Library last night with a very interesting poem Read More...