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CHICAGO RIVER

Environmentalists want river-dyeing tradition to end

Though it may attract tens of thousands of people to the Chicago River each St. Patrick’s Day, not everyone is convinced dyeing the river green – or any color – is a good idea.

City will explore ideas to extend Riverwalk

Imagine taking the Chicago Riverwalk from Lake Street to Chinatown. Mayor Rahm Emanuel can, and says architectural firms will soon be asked to submit proposals.

Detroit’s ‘Man in The City’ art project tours Chicago River

The story behind the inflatable, floating sculpture towed by an electric boat along the Chicago River earlier this month.

Riverfront art project will light up Merchandise Mart

At least part of an elaborate nighttime riverfront lighting project announced more than two years ago will debut next year, according to Mayor Emanuel.

Wacker office tower site will include wide public plaza along river

The 52-story office tower that will replace the five-story General Growth building in the Loop will include a new park and pathway along the Chicago River.

LEGAL

Rudd statements to police admissible in murder trial, judge rules

Statements made to police by a former Chicago condo lawyer will be admissible in his trial for murder.

Judge denies injunction, says Airbnb ordinance doesn’t impinge homeowner rights

A federal judge has refused to bar the door to a new Chicago ordinance regulating Airbnb and other home-sharing arrangements in the city.

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CONDO LIVING

Bill would delete ‘proper purpose’ requirement to see condo records

Lawmakers heard pros and cons of deleting ‘proper purpose’ from the requirements of unit owners to see some of their condo association’s records.

Gold Coast condo backs away from threat to fine owner over door-dropped letter

A fine for sending a letter urging fellow unit owners to attend a condo board meeting has not materialized as threatened more than three months ago.

Are condo & HOA bank deposits fully insured by Uncle Sam?

Are hundreds of millions of dollars of condo and homeowners association money – on deposit but not FDIC insured – at risk?

Vista Tower floor plans revised to make units more spacious

A redesign of condominium units on 24 floors of Vista Tower is the response to prospective buyers wanting transitional living space and more of it.

RIVER NORTH

Neighbors rebel over proposed 60-story high-rise in Cathedral District

More than 300 people showed up on a snowy night to say ‘no’ to a 725-foot-tall building that would tower over a neighborhood with architectural heritage.

Osteria La Madia closes Saturday

Osteria La Madia will bid ‘an appreciative Arrivederci’ on Saturday.

REAL ESTATE

Home hunters better move quickly in hot North Side market

Home and condominium hunters had better put on their jogging shoes and move quickly when heading to North Side open houses this spring.

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Thursday
City Club of Chicago presents Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871. Tullman is also General Managing Partner for Chicago-based venture capital funds Chicago High Tech Investment Partners and G2T3V. Over the past 45 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.

Thursday
Job Floris, architect and co-founder of the Dutch architecture firm Monadnock, will present a talk about the firm’s practice and their participation in Graham Foundation’s current exhibition, Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth. 6 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.

Friday
Explore the vivid history of America’s largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee’s longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one’s rich ancestral heritage and the conflict that ensues. March 31 through April 30. Tickets: $10-40. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.