Adieu, veterans

07/03/2012

Speaking of cultural institutions, this week we learned another one is on its way out the door. The Veterans Art Museum at 18th Street and Indiana Avenue has finally signed a lease and will be moving to Six Corners on the Northwest Side at some point this fall.
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Go to the Velvet Lounge

07/03/2012

We were skeptical when we heard about the Velvet Loungeís reopening towards the end of last year, and we were admittedly a bit harsh in our first look at plans to reopen the club. But we stopped into the reborn club this weekend for its Sunday night jazz and had a good time.
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Downtown deserves better schools

06/20/2012

Weíre happy to see a school finally going into New Eastside, a community that has sprouted up quickly just northeast of downtown. For years, plans have called for a new school there to support the rapidly expanding number of young families calling the area that used to be a decrepit Illinois Central rail yard home.
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Another fest

06/13/2012

Itís good to see Soldier Field getting some use in the summer. After all, the Bears havenít exactly been active in the past few months. The Spring Awakening music festival coming to the arena this weekend marks just another way for taxpayers to get some revenue out of the stadium. Remember, itís publicly owned, and the cash helps out our city.
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Bring it on, Bulls

06/13/2012

We were delighted to hear the Bulls come out this week and announce theyíre moving their practice facility to the city. Thereís really only one obvious choice for it to go, and thatís the Near West Side next to the United Center. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf already controls tons of land around the UC, and heís already working with Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz to build a new retail and entertainment complex next to the arena.
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Red Line pain for the best

06/06/2012

The CTA is going to tear up the Red Line from the Cermak/Chinatown stop all the way south to 95th Street next year, a decision that hit South Side commuters in the gut earlier this week.
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To market, to market

05/30/2012

The South Loopís new farmers market at the Wheeler Mansion is a big deal. By all accounts, it sounds like it will be a fun event with great vendors. But the marketís management is taking a big risk with this, especially by hosting it in whatís essentially a back yard.
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Morgan designer's next shot

05/30/2012

Weíre a fan of the design of the CTAís new Morgan Station on the Green and Pink lines. Itís a large, iconic structure that somehow still fits the neighborhood without seeming too gaudy. Its exposed steel and glass canopy stands out, and itíll be a station that stands the test of time.
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NATO? No problem

05/23/2012

After all the stress and consternation leading up to the NATO summit, weíve finally made it through. That wasnít that bad, now was it? We had a few noisy protestors who made their way through the South and West Loop (and even a little bit of East Pilsen), but none caused any harm to passive bystanders. In fact, we saw locals all up and down the streets of Michigan Avenue watching the parade march by on Sunday, May 20.
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End of a South Loop era

05/09/2012

Columbia Collegeís president officially announced this week that heís retiring next year, after what will have been a 13-year term at the schoolís helm. Warrick Carter, the institutionís leader since 2000, has led Columbia through a period of massive change. Under his watch, the university has a massive expansion in the South Loop, doubling its footprint to take up more than 2.5 million square feet.
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