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Fioretti hosting annual meetings

07/05/2012 3:45 PM

Ald. Bob Fioretti may have been mapped out of his current ward earlier this year, but he’s still working with his current constituents.
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South Loop Gino's East grand opening next week

07/05/2012 2:04 PM

The former Printers Row Edwardo’s, at 521 S. Dearborn St., has reopened as a new restaurant concept from Gino’s East: A sports bar.
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Motor Row brewery opening delayed until 2013

Broad Shoulders Brewing delayed by building permit issues with city


A brewery that was planning to open this summer in Motor Row has been delayed due to permit issues with the city, and likely won’t start pouring beer until January.
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Bank bringing 400 jobs to West Loop

Federal Savings Bank will get millions in tax breaks from city, state to move to Chicago

06/28/2012 6:15 PM

A mortgage company is moving to the West Loop’s Fulton Market district, bringing 400 jobs along with it and getting millions of dollars in incentives from city and state government along the way.
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Near West Costco opening next week

Store at Ashland and 14th will be open June 28, the wholesaler’s second in Chicago

06/18/2012 6:12 PM

Costco, the popular wholesale retailer that sells everything from tires to toilet paper in massive packages, is ready to open a store on the Near West Side next Thursday, June 28.
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Derrick Smith to host legal advice clinic

Indicted 10th District state rep is organizing an event for constituents who need free legal advice


Derrick Smith, the indicted Near West Side state rep accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe, is organizing an event for locals who might need legal help of their own.
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Fast buses moving forward

06/13/2012 4:01 PM

Officials from the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation are moving forward with plans to build a network of fast-moving express buses, and the West Loop and Near West Side are ground zero for the experiments.
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Chicago Public Schools seeking principal for new Crane

Community partnering with district to pick leader before making big decisions


Chicago Public Schools officials are moving forward with plans to replace Crane High School on the Near West Side with a health sciences-focused neighborhood school, but they’re looking for a principal first.
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CTA to shut down Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station for five months

Move will leave no Near South 'L' stops between Roosevelt and 35th


The CTA’s Cermak/Chinatown Red Line station will be shut down for five months in 2013, leaving already ‘L’-deprived Chinatown, far South Loop and East Pilsen residents without any train service.
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Pilsen plaza, Blue Island Avenue getting makeover

05/30/2012 2:50 PM

A stretch of Blue Island Avenue through the heart of Pilsen is set to get a makeover, according staff for Ald. Danny Solis (25th).
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