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Lexington Park moves toward leasing

Spokesman says renters can sign up "later this spring"


Lexington Park, the vacant 35-story tower at Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road, is set to begin leasing its 333 units this spring, according to a spokesman for the building’s owner.
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Malcolm X college to get new building

Mayor Emanuel, City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman planning to replace parking lot with $251 million new campus


The Near West Side’s Malcolm X College is getting a new building to go along with its health care-focused curriculum makeover, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday morning with the head of Chicago’s City Colleges.
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New plan to keep Crane open gains traction with CPS leaders

Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard allegedly interested in pitch to give school a medical focus


After months of intense fighting to save the Near West Side’s Crane High School, one plan to keep the school open may be getting some traction.
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Near South Little League launching softball

Registration Saturday; coaches, volunteers needed


The Near South family of sports programming is expanding its repertoire once again, adding softball to its list of activities.
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Mayor pushing menu money changes

More info given to aldermen on upcoming projects, as well as suggestions

02/15/2012 2:58 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a series of changes this week affecting how aldermen pick projects to rehab their neighborhoods.
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University Village Association chief weighs in on new group

Congrats, and a few jabs, from Oscar D'Angelo to Dennis O'Neill


Oscar D'Angelo, founder of the University Village Association, weighed last week in on a new group from the organization's former Executive Director Dennis O'Neill — sneaking in a few jabs. Read More...

Pete's Fresh Market groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday

Grocer poised to begin moving forward with construction

02/06/2012 6:43 PM

Pete's Fresh Market will break ground for their new store at Madison Street and Western Avenue this Saturday, Feb. 11, according to an email from Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). Read more...

Powell's Books to replace University Village Barbara's Bookstore

New shop slated to open March 1


Less than a month after University Village’s Barbara’s Bookstore closed its doors, citing weak sales and poor foot traffic, a Chicago-based bookstore chain is moving into the space at 1218 S. Halsted St.
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Pete's Fresh Market finally closes purchase of Near West Side site

After numerous delays, Ald. Bob Fioretti says grocery store owns property, will break ground soon

01/26/2012 7:14 PM

After numerous delays, Pete’s Fresh Market finally owns the property they’re planning to build a grocery store on at Madison Street and Western Avenue, Ald. Bob Fioretti said in an email Thursday evening.
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One Sixtyblue to reopen in spring 2012 as Asian barbecue

Belly Q to debut at 1400 W. Randolph

01/24/2012 4:47 PM

One Sixtyblue, the recently shuttered restaurant on Randolph Street in the West Loop co-owned by Michael Jordan, announced Tuesday morning that it’ll reopen in spring as an Asian barbecue restaurant.
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