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  • Police warn of early morning armed robberies on Wells Street
  • Project raises $55k to light Wabash
  • ‘Assassination Theater’ argues JFK killing was mob hit
  • Alderman Reilly, City Clerk Mendoza among judges for wing-eating contest
  • Chicago on the Cheap: Eat and learn Friday at Eataly
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    Google Maps

    (Above) A red Google Map marker at upper left shows the 1000 block of North Wells Street, between Walter Payton College Prep and Moody Bible Institute. Washington Square Park and Newberry Library are at lower right. (Click on image to view larger version.)

    27-Aug-15 – Asking for directions escalated to armed robbery early Tuesday morning on North Wells Street near Walter Payton College Prep.

    Just before 5 a.m., a man was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and mobile phone by two men in a small, newer model hatchback car.

    According to Chicago Police Department, the men pulled alongside the victim as he walked in the 1000 block of North Wells Street. They asked him for directions, then pointed a handgun at him and told him to drop his bag, jacket, wallet, and mobile phone on the ground and walk away.

    The robbers are both described as black men, 20 to 30 years old, with dark complexions. One weighs about 160 pounds, the other 190 to 245 pounds. The car they were driving was dark blue or black.

    The same men are suspected in a robbery that happened less than an hour later in the 600 block of South Wells Street. In that incident, the robbers, in a car, followed their victim down an alley, pulled up and robbed him at gunpoint.

    Wabash Lights

    (Above) Rendering of Wabash Lights, a public art project planned for Wabash Avenue. (Click on image to view larger version.)

    12-Aug-15 – Wabash Avenue in the Loop will start to get brighter and more colorful this fall, as a one-block stretch that passes Palmer House will be fitted with programmable LED tubes.

    It will be a test of a public art project that hopes to someday have thousands of tubes installed along a two-block stretch of elevated L tracks. For now, a 48-foot-long prototype between Adams and Monroe Streets will help test the lights against vibration, traffic, and weather.

    Jack Newell and Seth Unger announced on Tuesday they have raised $55,000 from 918 investors, using a 30-day Kickstarter campaign that ended on July 26.

    Over the next six months, they will troubleshoot the design and develop an interactive website and mobile app to allow the lights to be programmed by the general public.

    “The lighting sculpture will bring life and awareness to the largely neglected strip of Wabash Avenue,” says Unger. “Creating this new destination in the heart of the Loop will increase annual visitors to Chicago, increase tourism, and encourage the growth of local business.”

    They have been working on their “Wabash Lights” proposal for four years.

    Photo by Michael Brosilow

    21-Aug-15 – (Above) Actors make the case that the Kennedy assassination was a Chicago mob hit in Assassination Theater, which opened Tuesday at River North’s Museum of Broadcast Communications.

    The play is a two-hour “theatrical investigation” written by Hillel Levin, an investigative reporter, former editor of Chicago magazine, and author who has written extensively about organized crime.

    Based on interviews with retired FBI agents, mobsters, and other sources, Levin connects the dots to show how organized crime could have pulled off the “crime of the century.”

    According to Levin, the gunman who fired the fatal shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963, is alive today in an Illinois prison.

    Through November 7, performances are every night, Wednesday through Sunday, with two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Chicago theater veteran Kevin Fox directs the production.

    Left to right: Michael Joseph Mitchell, Ryan Kitley, Mark Ulrich, and Martin Yurek. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

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    Chicago Wing Madness

    25-Aug-15 – 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly will finally get to add “wing eating contest judge” to his resume next month. He and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza are among judges announced for “Chicago Wing Madness,” now in its fifth year at Dick’s Last Resort.

    Benefiting charities and amusing hundreds of spectators, Chicago police officers and fire fighters compete to see who can eat the most chicken wings in two minutes – and who can eat the spiciest wings.

    This year, money raised from tickets sold to the event will go to American Red Cross. In previous years, “Wing Madness” has drawn 300 people and raised as much as $25,000.

    Susana Mendoza This will be Mendoza’s (left) third year as a judge for the wing-eating contest.

    The other judges are retired Chicago Bulls center Dave Corzine, Art Norman, special contributor to NBC 5 News, and Bonnie Greene, news and traffic reporter for country music radio station US99.5.

    Dr. Ian Smith, co-host of the daytime talk show The Doctors and author of diet and fitness books, will offer nutritional advice. WCIU television personality Aly Bockler will emcee.

    The event will include a raffle. First prize is a dinner cruise for eight on a yacht on Lake Michigan.

    Photo by Steven Dahlman 23-Aug-15 – Each day, Eataly’s expert artisans create fresh mozzarella, hand-tossed pizzas, and loaves of handmade bread.

    You can meet these artisans and taste their wares at a celebration on Friday afternoon with complimentary tasting, hands-on demonstrations, and special retail offers.

    From noon to 3 p.m., Eataly artisans will host three complimentary hands-on demonstrations of “Made in Eataly” products at Eataly’s cooking school, La Scuola, and Vino Libero, both located on the second floor...

    Hands-On Bread Making – La Scuola
    Experience the bread-making process with head baker Erin Flinn and taste Eataly’s freshly made bruschetta.

    Hands-On Forming Formaggio – La Scuola
    An expert cheesemonger will demonstrate how to make creamy, chewy mozzarella from curds and boiling salted water.

    The Art of the Bellini – Vino Libero
    Watch Eataly staff demonstrate how to make the classic Bellini using Prosecco and fresh white peach puree.

    From 3 to 6 p.m., Eataly will offer complimentary tasting of house-made products throughout the store.

    At La Piazza, sample...

    • Almond Honey, Fig Mostarda, and Apricot Mostarda
    • Breakfast Sausage, Sweet Sausage, Hot Sausage, Lamb Sausage, and Chicken Sausage
    • Classic Rustic Bread
    • Salmon Burger

    At Mozzarella Lab, house-made Mozzarella Grandissima and Seasonal Antipasti.

    Pasta al Forno at the fresh pasta counter and Heirloom Tomatoes at the produce counter.

    At La Birreria, house-made beer – and meet the brewer, Tyler Prokop.

    From noon to 6 p.m. near the first floor entrance, try your hand at rolling out fresh pasta dough and forming your own shapes. Throughout the store, enjoy 28 percent off any Made in Eataly goods – including fresh mozzarella, handmade bread, assorted sausages, and seasonal antipasti.

    • What: Six hours of Italian food samples, demonstrations, and discounts
    • When: Friday, August 28, noon to 6 p.m.
    • Where: Eataly, 43 East Ohio Street Map

    No financial arrangement exists between businesses featured and either Cavazos or Loop North News.

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    Average price $54.37 $0.25 from previous day

    71 °

    Saturday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

    Saturday Night
    Mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 67F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

    Sunday
    Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 81F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

    Sunday Night
    A few clouds overnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 67F. Winds light and variable.

    Chicago Weather from Weather Underground

    August 29 – 90s alternative rock cover band Cannonball performs on the Chicago Riverwalk, 1-3 p.m. More info.

    August 30 – Helicopter Lift at Merchandise Mart. A helicopter will be hoisting materials to the roof of Merchandise Mart. 25 lifts will occur between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    September 1 – Deadline for nominating a commercial or residential property owner or manager for the inaugural Green Streets Initiative Award presented by River North Residents Association. Help RNRA celebrate the people who create and enhance public spaces to make our neighborhood greener and more sustainable. Awards will be presented to the owners and managers of properties throughout River North for outstanding achievement in landscape beautification. More info.

    September 2 – Cover band Maggie Speaks performs on the Chicago Riverwalk, 5:30-7:30 p.m. More info.

    September 5 – Lynne Jordan & The Shivers perform R&B, jazz, blues, pop, cabaret, and funk on the Chicago Riverwalk, 1-3 p.m. More info.

    Near North Homes
    AverageList PriceRent
    Studio:$180,578$1,549
    1-BR:$290,984$1,992
    2-BR:$514,937$2,948
    Most Expensive Listing
    340 E RANDOLPH ST UNIT 62W
    $5.7 million
    Most Expensive Rental
    130 N GARLAND CT UNIT PH5702
    $17,500 per month
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    Downtown Chicago Crime Report

    Mon Aug 17 2015 11:30 PM
    CRIMINAL DAMAGE - TO PROPERTY
    0 W OHIO ST
    PARKING LOT/GARAGE NON.RESID.
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 11:30 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    100 E WALTON ST
    HOTEL/MOTEL
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 9:10 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    0 S STATE ST
    DEPARTMENT STORE
    ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 8:15 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    0 S MICHIGAN AVE
    RESTAURANT
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 7:43 PM
    BATTERY - DOMESTIC BATTERY SIMPLE
    400 E RANDOLPH ST
    APARTMENT
    ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 7:30 PM
    BATTERY - SIMPLE
    700 N DEARBORN ST
    DRIVEWAY - RESIDENTIAL
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:45 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    0 S STATE ST
    SMALL RETAIL STORE
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:30 PM
    BATTERY - SIMPLE
    500 W MADISON ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:26 PM
    CRIMINAL TRESPASS - TO LAND
    300 N DEARBORN ST
    RESTAURANT
    ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:15 PM
    OTHER OFFENSE - VIOLATE ORDER OF PROTECTION (DOMESTIC)
    100 N WABASH AVE
    SIDEWALK
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:15 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    1300 N CLARK ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 5:35 PM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - CREDIT CARD FRAUD
    0 N MICHIGAN AVE
    RESTAURANT
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 5:35 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    0 N MICHIGAN AVE
    RESTAURANT
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 3:24 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    800 N MICHIGAN AVE
    SMALL RETAIL STORE
    ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 3:00 PM
    OTHER OFFENSE - OTHER VEHICLE OFFENSE
    0 W WASHINGTON ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 2:01 PM
    ROBBERY - STRONGARM - NO WEAPON
    200 N STATE ST
    CTA TRAIN
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 2:00 PM
    THEFT - PURSE-SNATCHING
    100 N MICHIGAN AVE
    PARK PROPERTY
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 1:30 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    200 E HURON ST
    HOSPITAL BUILDING/GROUNDS
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 1:15 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    100 N WELLS ST
    RESTAURANT
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 12:00 PM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - ILLEGAL USE CASH CARD
    100 S MICHIGAN AVE
    BANK
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 11:25 AM
    THEFT - PURSE-SNATCHING
    300 N LOWER MICHIGAN AVE
    SMALL RETAIL STORE
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 10:30 AM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - FRAUD OR CONFIDENCE GAME
    500 W MADISON ST
    RESIDENCE
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 9:00 AM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - CREDIT CARD FRAUD
    1100 N CLARK ST
    APARTMENT
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 9:00 AM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    0 E GRAND AVE
    SMALL RETAIL STORE
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 8:00 AM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    400 W OHIO ST
    PARKING LOT/GARAGE NON.RESID.
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 6:44 AM
    ASSAULT - SIMPLE
    1100 N DEARBORN ST
    RESIDENCE PORCH/HALLWAY
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 3:31 AM
    BATTERY - SIMPLE
    700 N CLARK ST
    SIDEWALK
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 2:00 AM
    THEFT - POCKET-PICKING
    200 E OHIO ST
    SIDEWALK
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 1:00 AM
    THEFT - $500 AND UNDER
    800 N DEWITT PL
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Mon Aug 17 2015 12:00 AM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - FINANCIAL IDENTITY THEFT OVER $ 300
    0 N DEARBORN ST
    ATM AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 11:35 PM
    BATTERY - SIMPLE
    200 E HURON ST
    HOSPITAL BUILDING/GROUNDS
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 11:00 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    100 W HURON ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 10:41 PM
    BATTERY - DOMESTIC BATTERY SIMPLE
    100 W RANDOLPH ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 10:05 PM
    ASSAULT - SIMPLE
    600 N LA SALLE DR
    RESTAURANT
    ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 10:00 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    400 W OHIO ST
    VEHICLE NON-COMMERCIAL
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 9:00 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    0 E CHICAGO AVE
    SIDEWALK
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 8:58 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    0 S STATE ST
    DEPARTMENT STORE
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 8:30 PM
    DECEPTIVE PRACTICE - CREDIT CARD FRAUD
    200 S STATE ST
    CTA PLATFORM
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 8:25 PM
    ASSAULT - SIMPLE
    200 E ERIE ST
    HOSPITAL BUILDING/GROUNDS
    ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 6:00 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    100 N STATE ST
    CTA STATION
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 6:00 PM
    BATTERY - SIMPLE
    100 N MICHIGAN AVE
    PARK PROPERTY
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 5:00 PM
    BURGLARY - FORCIBLE ENTRY
    600 N DEARBORN ST
    SMALL RETAIL STORE
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 5:00 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    600 E GRAND AVE
    OTHER
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 5:00 PM
    THEFT - FROM BUILDING
    0 S MICHIGAN AVE
    RESTAURANT
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 5:00 PM
    BATTERY - DOMESTIC BATTERY SIMPLE
    200 N WELLS ST
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 4:00 PM
    THEFT - OVER $500
    0 S LA SALLE ST
    OTHER
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 4:00 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    200 N COLUMBUS DR
    DRUG STORE
    ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 4:00 PM
    THEFT - $500 AND UNDER
    400 N CITY FRONT PLAZA DR
    STREET
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 3:15 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    0 E WALTON ST
    COMMERCIAL / BUSINESS OFFICE
    NO ARREST

    Sun Aug 16 2015 2:30 PM
    THEFT - RETAIL THEFT
    700 N MICHIGAN AVE
    DEPARTMENT STORE
    ARREST

    Most Expensive Loop/Near North Building Permits
    $97.2 million
    201 N GARLAND CT
    • REVISION TO PERMIT 100568268 REMOVAL OF SETBACKS AT LEVEL 7 AND 8 REMOVAL OF PRIVATE TERRACES AT LEVEL 8 MODIFICATIONS TO THE GARAGE ENTRY RAMPS AND MICELLANEOUS DESIGN CHANGES PER PLANS. STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW
    $70.0 million
    29 N WABASH AVE
    • ERECT NEW CTA STATION AT 29 N WABASH AVENUE WITH STATIONHOUSE FACILITIES AT MEZZANINE LEVEL. INSTALLATION AND/OR MODIFY EXISTING STRUCTURES CARRYING RAIL FACILITIES. INCLUDES NEW PLATFORMS STAIRS FINISHES STATION SUPPORT ROOMS COMMUNICATION SPEAKER AND SE
    $52.0 million
    101 E ERIE ST
    • CONVERT EXISTING OFFICE INTO HOTEL ON FLOORS 8 THROUGH 20 WITH ADDITIONAL WORK TO BASEMENT LEVELS 1 & 2 AND ROOF TOP AMENITIES
    $26.481 million
    220 E ILLINOIS ST
    • SUPERSTRUCTURE ONLY FOR A PROPOSED 54 STORY 381 UNIT BUILDING - 220 EAST ILLINOIS
    $20.0 million
    750 N HUDSON AVE
    • NEW CONSTRUCTION 25 STORY MIXED USE HIGH RISE CONSISTING OF RETAIL AT THE FIRST FLOOR PARKING AT BASEMENT THROUGH THE 3RD FLOOR AND DWELLING UNITS AT FLOORS 3 THROUGH 25 WITH AMENITY SPACES AT FLOORS 3 AND 4.750 NORTH HUDSON STREET- FOUNDATION ONLY
    Recent Failed Health Inspections
    PIGGYBACK
    500 W MADISON ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 20
    PIGGYBACK
    500 W MADISON ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 20
    G GYROS
    17 S WABASH AVE
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 19
    FRESHII
    500 W MADISON ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 17
    MAXIMS RESTAURANT INC
    20 N CLARK ST
    • COMPLAINT RE-INSPECTION – FAIL
    Aug 13
    HIDEOUT INN
    35 E RIVERWALK SOUTH
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 13
    HIDEOUT INN
    35 E RIVERWALK SOUTH
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 13
    MAXIMS RESTAURANT INC
    20 N CLARK ST
    • COMPLAINT – FAIL
    Aug 7
    THE VAULT CAFE
    135 S LA SALLE ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Aug 5
    EATALY
    43 E OHIO ST
    • SUSPECTED FOOD POISONING – FAIL
    Aug 5
    THE IVY ROOM
    12 E OHIO ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Jul 21
    THE IVY ROOM
    12 E OHIO ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jul 21
    THE IVY ROOM
    12 E OHIO ST
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Jul 21
    GINOS EAST PIZZERIA
    160-164 E SUPERIOR ST
    • SUSPECTED FOOD POISONING – FAIL
    Jul 20
    DUNKIN DONUTS
    300 E RANDOLPH ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jul 15
    POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS LLC
    1 N LA SALLE ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jul 7
    MCDONALDS RESTAURANT
    233 N MICHIGAN AVE
    • LICENSE – FAIL
    Jul 2
    RUSTLEROUX
    227 W MONROE ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jun 23
    MOES CANTINA
    153-155 W KINZIE ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jun 19
    MERCADITO CHICAGO
    108-110 W KINZIE ST
    • CANVASS – FAIL
    Jun 18