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20-year vision for Chicago River includes big events, better security, and swimming

The Chicago River will be “productive, living, inviting” by 2040, promises the city-appointed commission that has been thinking about the river’s big picture for the past 15 months.

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Photo: Where the losing ducks ended up

Hundreds of toy ducks huddle in a corner of the Chicago River east of Lake Shore Drive, their bright beaks in defiant contrast to their plight.


Riverwalk visitors tiptoe through sewage

Hopefully, you were not walking through mud on the Chicago Riverwalk east of Michigan Avenue on Saturday morning because, well, it was not mud.

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Photo: Cleaning up after storm fells trees on Riverwalk

A recent storm felled two trees along the Riverwalk near Columbus Drive. New Eastside resident David Sudler was out on Wednesday, cleaning up and happy he got to it before the city did.


Great Lakes pilots crunch numbers, say Viking ship could’ve made Duluth

It may not be of practical relevance at this point, but an association of Great Lakes pilots says the Viking ship visiting from Norway did not have to end its expedition early.


32 pocket pickings on north side of Loop in one day

Pickpockets in Chicago will remember Saturday, July 30, for a long time.

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Street sign will honor Redhead Piano Bar owner

On what would have been his 56th birthday, a street sign honoring Redhead Piano Bar owner Arthur Bryan will be dedicated on September 7.

Food bank donations made into works of art and engineering

Cans of tuna, mushrooms, spinach, peas, and olives on their way to a Chicago food bank have been turned into works of art and engineering for a tenth year.

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Foundation work begins on office/residential buildings at Hubbard & Wells

Work has started on the 23-story residential building in River North around which L tracks will curve.

Chicago School grant will help disadvantaged psychology students become doctors

A $1.8 million grant from the federal government to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will help disadvantaged students enroll at the school’s campus along the Chicago River.


Supporters of stalled condo board bill will try again next year

A bill in the Illinois House was going to try to level the playing field between condo boards and unit owners but it quickly stalled – despite testimony from two Chicago-area unit owners with personal experience of how bad boards can get.

State tosses $50,000 life preserver to underwater homeowners

More than 20 percent of mortgage borrowers in Chicago owe more money on their homes than the dwellings are worth. A program launched August 1 by Illinois Housing Development Authority will try to help.

Home loan interest rates slipping back to historical rock bottom

Home loan interest rates are quietly slipping back toward the record low hit in 2012, less than four years ago, experts say.


Former sign on top of Santa Fe Building installed at railway museum

The sign that sat on top of the 112-year-old Santa Fe Building in the Loop is a few weeks away from public display once again.


Chicago on the Cheap: One-dollar filet mignon sandwiches and other Loop-area dining deals

Deals galore at Morton’s, Sullivan’s, even The Peninsula hotel.

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Take in the laughs – and dramatic nighttime views of Chicago – as popular headliner Pat McGann performs on Shoreline Sightseeing’s 90-minute Comedy Cruise with Zanies’ Comedy Club.

Last comedy cruise of the season. Tickets include opening act, headliner, and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

Departs from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 p.m. Boarding will begin 15 minutes before departure. Tickets: $49 per person. Must be 21. Map. More info.
CREforge, a first-of-its-kind hackathon that seeks to identify and leverage synergies between Chicago’s burgeoning tech and real estate communities through the development of new tools and technologies designed to foster innovation in the commercial real estate industry. 200 West Madison Street, lobby and 12th Floor. Map. More info.

Chicago History Museum’s Chicago 101 bus tour. Explore the city with a professional guide to see where civic unrest, historical tragedy, industry and innovation took place. Stops include the sites of Fort Dearborn and the Eastland Disaster, Northerly Island, where the 1933 A Century of Progress International Exposition was held, and Jackson Park, location of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the confirmed site for the new Barack Obama Presidential Center.

1:00 p.m., Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street. Cost: $55.

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