Cafe Society says it's taken two months for park district to replace broken door

Break-in leaves mark

08/22/2012

Jorge Armando has been dishing up pizza, coffee and sandwiches at 18th and Indiana for 12 years, inside what's now a park district-owned field house. The South Loop veteran set up his Cafe Society in the Prairie District as the rest of the South Loop was first starting to fill in around it, and in the process staked his claim as a neighborhood staple.
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Photos: Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art

08/22/2012

The Fred Anderson Legacy Band performs at Tuesdays on the Terrace, a jazz concert series held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Aug. 21.
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Chicago teens deal with effects of violence through art

Painting out their feelings

08/01/2012

Looking from a distance, the painting is a depiction of an enormous eye. But as one comes closer, the image inside the eye comes into focus. A blood-red chalk outline is sprawled in the middle of the empty city street. The dark colors reinforce the bleakness of the scene. For the young artist, the image is not an abstraction, not a reflection of the news headlines - it is a reality of day-to-day life.

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New leader joins West Loop and Near West Side police station, but shakeup looms

A fresh command

08/01/2012

When Ron Pontecore was growing up on the South Side, he watched his dad, a Chicago firefighter, go to work every day, like clockwork. He'd head off every day dutifully from their homes in Brighton Park and later, Gage Park, to the fire station at 24th and Whipple streets. Finally, at age 63, his dad hit the mandatory retirement age and had to leave the department.
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Developer still on hook to build public school for Chicago

Despite private schoolís move into Lakeshore East, alderman says developerís contract demands school

08/01/2012

Despite a private school's move into Lakeshore East, the area's developers are still on the hook to build the shell of a public school, according to Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).
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Northerly Island revamp kicking off

Park district, Army Corps of Engineers collaborating for first step of ambitious master plan

08/01/2012

Northerly Island, the lakefront park in the South Loop formerly known as Meigs Field, is getting a big makeover that could begin as soon as this fall. The Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working together to kick off renovation of the park, transforming a former airport with a flat layer of grass and prairie plants into a varied nature preserve thatíll offer six different ecosystems.
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Sword-wielding man arrested on CTA Orange Line tracks

Train operator allegedly slashed with sword in process of restraining would-be samurai

06/19/2012

A CTA Orange Line train driver got a samurai surprise on Saturday when he encountered a sword-wielding man in the middle of the tracks.
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Little market on the prairie

Wheeler Mansion to host farmers market Wednesday nights starting next week

05/30/2012

The South Loop is getting a new farmers market this year, but itís not going to Grant Park, where officials were talking about 12 months ago. Plans for a market on South Michigan Avenue are officially dead, according to a rep for Bensidoun USA, the company that hoped to organize a market there. Leslie Cahill, the companyís Midwest manager, said they couldnít come to an agreement on a contract with the park district.
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In industrial district, incubating small business

Industrial Council of Near West Chicago strives to nuture entrepreneurs

04/25/2012

A large truck rolls down an otherwise empty street, past the rows of old industrial buildings. A group of men in green jumpsuits eats lunch outside one of them, chatting about work. About a block away, another truck is attached to the loading dock ó its body is so big it blocks off nearly half of the street. This section of Near West Side is known as the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.
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Preservationist Bill Lavicka dies at 67

Pioneer credited with saving dozens of buildings, laying groundwork for Chicago's preservation movement

04/25/2012

Bill Lavicka, the Near West Side preservationist who made it his lifeís goal to rehab and preserve dozens of historic homes and buildings around Chicago, has died. He was 67. Lavicka passed away at his home in the 1500 block of West Jackson Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, April 18, after a year-long battle with colon cancer.
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