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Big Brother wants your security camera video

Owners of outdoor security cameras that face public property in Chicago are being recruited to share their video with the city’s video surveillance network.

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CRIME & SAFETY

Arrest, murder charge, in River North stabbing

No a longer just a ‘person of interest,’ a suspect in the stabbing death of a software executive in River North two weeks ago has been arrested.

Man charged in River North stabbing death has long criminal history

A Woodlawn man charged with stabbing a man to death in River North has a lengthy criminal history that includes robbery and threatening people on the street with knives.

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New police commander was defendant in federal lawsuit over strip-search

The new commander of CPD’s Near North district has a master’s degree in psychology and comes from a police district on the city’s south side. He was also a defendant in a federal lawsuit over an invasive strip-search of a mother of five.

Robberies plague downtown despite arrests

Chicago police have made a series of robbery arrests in the Loop and Near North areas over the past ten days, but new hold-ups continue to be reported at a mind-numbing pace.

Robbers, possible as young as 12, target woman near State Street Bridge

A woman was knocked to the ground, threatened, and robbed in River North Sunday night by two offenders who may have been as young as 12 years old.

Shoplifting mob hits Barney’s on Oak Street

A mob of young men made off with $25,000 worth of purses from a Gold Coast department store and a Lexus.

Woman pepper-sprays HOB concert crowd

For no apparent reason, a 23-year-old woman at a sold-out House of Blues concert pepper-sprayed her fellow concert-goers, many of whom then punched her in the face.

Beer can falls from balcony, hits woman on head

A beer can fell off a balcony at Marina City, according to the woman who was hit in the head with it.

NEW EAST SIDE

Lawsuit claims false arrest of man photographing fire standpipes

A 15-year resident of the New Eastside neighborhood – who is a Chicago Fire Department volunteer – says he was falsely arrested while documenting deteriorated fire standpipes – pipes into which water is pumped in case of fire.

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REAL ESTATE

Many Baby Boomer and Gen-X renters say they will never own a home

The American Dream of homeownership is fading among Millennials and older generations.

Chicago home and condo prices soar 10.6 percent while home loan rates rise

Chicago home buyers this spring are being whipsawed by sharply higher asking prices, more costly mortgage interest rates, and a shortage of property listings.

Warm glow of fireplace adds ambiance and value – if it lights

Who doesn’t have a warm spot in their heart for a cozy fireplace hearth in the home?

CONDO LIFESTYLE

City Council reverses state law that allowed access to unit owner contact info

Advised that it will protect the privacy of condominium unit owners, the Chicago City Council voted to reverse a new state law allowing access by owners to contact information of their neighbors.

Condo ‘privacy’ ordinance unconstitutional, asserts lawsuit

A lawsuit will challenge the constitutionality of a new ordinance aimed at protecting the privacy of condominium unit owners.

City disputes condo privacy ordinance will restrict access to ballots and proxies

A new ordinance aimed at protecting the privacy of condominium unit owners will not restrict access to ballots and proxies, according to a lawyer defending the city against one unit owner’s lawsuit.

LAKE MICHIGAN

$14,000 civil penalty for illegal charter on Lake Michigan

A four-hour tour on Lake Michigan will cost a Mount Prospect man $14,000 for what the United States Coast Guard says was an illegal charter operation.

STREETERVILLE

Chicago’s Spire re-imagined as office tower for international design contest

The Spire never got off the ground, but it has been re-imagined, at least hypothetically, as a 64-story office tower rising from the 34 existing caissons of the failed project.

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Fosco Lucarelli, Italian architect and educator based in Paris and Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow from UIC School of Architecture, discusses Dysfunctional Plans, a theoretical inquiry based on seven design exercises made in collaboration with a group of Lucarelli’s students. More an experiment than a manifesto, this talk and accompanying exhibition at UIC questions whether architecture might be a discipline autonomous enough to create its own narrative, content, function, purpose, and imagination – and therefore, meaning – stemming solely from its bare form. 6:00 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.

Saturday
The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society returns for its sixth annual Middle Eastern Poetry Festival. Enjoy the rich tradition of multilingual poems in Arabic and other languages from the Middle East by refugees and immigrants from the cradle of civilization. English translations will be provided. Cosponsored with the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. A reception follows the program. 2:00 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Free admission. Map. More info.

Saturday
Canadian composer Sarah Davachi returns to Chicago and presents new work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba and electronics. Based upon variously displaced melodic movements that were originally developed through a series of improvisations for pipe organ, this piece attempts to balance instances of consonance and dissonance, both in frequency content and physical gesture between its three players. 8:00 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.

Monday
An evening with industry experts on how to buy and sell a home. Who should attend – anyone interested in talking to real estate experts about the home buying and selling process. Break into small groups and visit each learning station for a short presentation by industry experts – including a lender, appraiser, realtor, attorney, inspector, and title company. Visit as many stations as you’d like. Each presentation that you attend qualifies you for a chance to win a prize. Ask specific questions, request additional information, and get started on purchasing or selling a home at this informational event. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pinstripes, 435 East Illinois Street. Online registration is encouraged. Map. More info.

April 24
Beyond the Business Card: Networking for Success with Shalom Klein. Learn how to enhance your networking skills and build your chavurah. Shalom is a sought-after business consultant and well-regarded community activist and entrepreneur. He has worked with businesses and community organizations around the country, developing strategies for maximum growth and success. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Chicago Loop Synagogue, 16 South Clark Street. Cost: $15. Includes kosher box lunch from The Sandwich Club. To register, email loopadmn@chiloopsyn.org. Map.