Butcher on start-up block

Meat expert hoping to open school for would-be butchers in Chicago

10/03/2012

Kari Underly has spent most of her life around meat. No, not with turkey or bologna sandwiches, or fried chicken; Underly has spent most of her time around raw meat, whole beef carcasses. She is a third-generation butcher, a craft that’s regaining prominence in the food world.
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Making city yards work

Small spaces tweaked for optimal fun

10/03/2012

While the suburban yard tempts parents and children alike as they seek places to relax and play, families who wish to stay in their city dwellings must make do with spotty patches of grass or small patios. But whether it is on a rooftop or a garage deck or even a small backyard, there are many creative ways to keep kids occupied and outside during the short months of summer. Just look at these creative city backyards.
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Hidden gems in city parks

Chicago Park District offers unique, innovative programs for kids and adults alike

10/03/2012

Every season, the Chicago Park District offers dozens and dozens of athletic, cultural and generally recreational activities for kids and adults. Some are available throughout most of the system, while others are only available at certain locations.
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Marathon street closures

10/03/2012

The Chicago Marathon hits town this Sunday, and as usual, the neighborhoods around downtown are at the center of the action. Here’s a list of the rolling street closures you can expect, starting at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
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Mayor throws cash at South Loop projects

Motor Row streetscape gets funding, Cermak Green Line station design unveiled

10/03/2012

Flanked by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that the city would use $65 million in tax increment financing dollars to fund a wide range of infrastructure projects and developments throughout the South Loop.
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Mayor announces bundle of cash for South Loop projects

09/28/2012

Flanked by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that the city would use $65 million in Tax Increment Financing dollars to fund a wide range of infrastructure projects and developments throughout South Loop, Printers Row, Prairie Avenue District, Motor Row and Chinatown.
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New principal steps up

09/26/2012

This fall, in the wake of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, Isaac Castelaz is taking the helm of a school for the first time: He’s the new principal at the National Teachers Academy on the far end of the South Loop.
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Downtown Chase robbed

09/26/2012

The Chase Bank at 200 W. Jackson Blvd. was robbed by a man with a note at 12:44 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Police said a man approached the teller at 12:44 p.m. and handed her a note demanding $100 bills and $50 bills.
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Suit up

In century-old shopping strip, stores determined to hang on amidst weak economy

09/26/2012

On Saturday afternoon, Weinberg’s Socks and More clothing store is a hive of activity. Mothers flip through the merchandise as they try to keep track of the children. A small line forms in front of the cash register as more customers come in. Manager Richard Nelson looks on and smiles.
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Mobs force Pete's construction halt

Grocer initially threatened pullout but instead is beefing up security

09/26/2012

Just days after finally beginning construction at Pete’s Fresh Market, the long-delayed Near West Side store has been shut down indefinitely because of threatening crowds at the site.
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