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Architecture exhibit imagines Chicago Riverwalk extending down south branch

Told to imagine a continuous pedestrian and bicycle path down the south branch of the Chicago River, nine architecture firms have run with it.

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LEGAL

Insurance policies motive for former condo attorney to murder wife, says prosecutor

Did a former Chicago attorney know his wife of 28 days had insurance policies – naming him as the beneficiary – before she died on September 14, 1973? And if so, did $100,000, the equivalent of $543,183 today, motivate him to kill her?

Shoreline Sightseeing
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LOOP

First new downtown L station in 20 years opens at Washington/Wabash

It cost $75 million but the city replaced two CTA stations with one at Washington & Wabash. Downtown Chicago’s first new L station in 20 years opened last Thursday.

Clark Street Bridge re-opens with new deck

A seven-month project to repair the Clark Street Bridge is officially complete.

CRIME & SAFETY

Nearly a year after mayor promised 1,000 more cops, Chicago gains 37

No gains on Near North. Between September 2016 and June 2017, the number of police officers in the 18th district declined by 21.

Wendella Boats
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REAL ESTATE

Higher costs make affordable new condos downtown a fading dream

The illusive dream of affordable housing in downtown Chicago is fading because construction and land costs have rapidly escalated over the past two years, according to a new analysis of the condo market.

Window could close on bargain-rate mortgages by end of 2017

Prospective home buyers who have been sitting on the fence for months waiting for a buying opportunity should get their house-hunting act in gear this autumn.

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City delays development of former Cabrini-Green site

Chicago Housing Authority has withdrawn requests for proposals for a high-profile seven-acre site north of the Loop near the northeast corner of Division and Halsted Streets.

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Today
Shoreline Sightseeing and Paulina Market present their sixth annual Beer, Brats and Boats Oktoberfest celebration and cruise. The evening will feature a classic German dinner provided by the staff of Chicago’s own Paulina Market and a selection of Oktoberfest brews, including a free drink with souvenir beer stein. The popular Paloma Band will be dressed in their traditional Oktoberfest finest and ready to involve everyone on board in an evening of enthusiastic German-themed singing and dancing. All on a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. Cash bar available. 7 p.m., Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Tickets: $59. Must be 21. Map. More info.

Through Sunday
19th annual World Music Festival. Diverse international musicians will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Chicago. Performances at 23 venues. Cost: Free. Map. More info.

Through Sunday
The summer blockbuster exhibition Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg at Museum of Contemporary Art. Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. MCA presents a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring 50 works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works, many of which are being shown in North America for the first time, to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.