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Two slender towers proposed for Spire site

The latest idea of what to do with the old Chicago Spire site is to build two slender towers, including the fifth tallest in Chicago.

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Police ‘vastly outnumbered’ in Mag Mile melee, says alderman

The Chicago Police Department is reviewing Saturday’s disturbance on Michigan Avenue – fights involving a large group of teenagers – to determine why its response was delayed.

Quartino employee robbed at gunpoint

An armed robber struck the River North restaurant after closing time on Sunday night.

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Security guards charged with stealing up to $100K from Holy Name Cathedral

Two guards who worked for a politically-connected security company have been charged with stealing up to $100,000 from Holy Name Cathedral in River North.

Man drowned in Belmont Harbor, medical examiner rules

A 63-year-old man whose body was removed from Lake Michigan near Belmont Harbor in February died from drowning, the Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled.

Seven years in jail for pushing 81-year-old down CTA stairs

For throwing an 81-year-old man down the stairs of a Loop CTA station during a robbery last October, a woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Rush Street robber snagged on Red Line

Teamwork by two downtown police districts – and diners at Giordano’s – led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a woman on Rush Street.

No bail for robber who allegedly took cheap sunglasses

A Des Plaines man is being held without bail and faces felony robbery charges for battering a Loop convenience store clerk while stealing a pair of $9.99 sunglasses.


45 years of Studs Terkel radio shows online soon

More than 5,600 radio programs created by author/historian/actor/radio personality Studs Terkel will soon be available online.

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Riverwalk opens May 18 with three days of special events

Riverwalk season kick offs on Friday, May 18, with a three-day celebration that the city says will be an ‘extravaganza of music, art, architecture, fireworks, and more.’

Tour boats lengthened to keep up with expanding demand

The Chicago River tour boat Bright Star has come back from its winter vacation bigger.

2,000 volunteers help clean Chicago River

Saturday was the day for the Chicago River’s annual cleaning and about 2,000 people showed up to scrub and mop.

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Spire architect to design 29-foot sculpture at River Point

The architect behind the winged Milwaukee Museum of Art and the twisting design of the failed Chicago Spire project will finally get to see his work built along the Chicago River.


With apartments in demand, condo ‘deconversions’ becoming popular

With apartment rents skyrocketing in recent years, Chicago’s downtown and lakefront rental market is so profitable that developers are looking for ways to skip the typical two-year construction schedule needed to build a new high-rise.

Million-dollar-plus home sales soar in Chicago

The Chicago area’s million-dollar-plus home market was on a roll in early 2018, showcasing its best performance in seven years.

Renelle tops off, is 65 percent sold

Renelle on the River is as tall as it will ever be. The 18-story, 50-unit luxury condominium has topped off and sales of units will start closing early next year.

Days of bargain-basement home-loan rates are over

If you failed to take advantage of several years of record low mortgage rates, the days of bargain-basement home-loan deals apparently are over.

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Civilian Police Oversight: A Bridge Too Far? Kevin Graham, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7; Lori Lightfoot, partner at Mayer Brown LLP; and Harry Osterman, 48th Ward Alderman. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.

City Club of Chicago presents The Future of the Republican Party in Illinois – a conversation with Pat Brady, government affairs consultant to Next Generation Public Affairs, a Midwest-based full-service government affairs firm, and Dan Proft, talk show host, Senior Fellow at Illinois Policy Institute, and former Republican candidate for Governor. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.

2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins will discuss issues of special interest to Streeterville residents at a Town Hall meeting. A question-and-answer session will follow. Register in advance to submit questions. Hosted by Streeterville Organization of Active Residents. Since his last SOAR Town Hall meeting, Alderman Hopkins has sponsored and co-sponsored citywide ordinances that include historic preservation upkeep and condominium association privacy. 6:00 p.m., Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Map. More info.

Book launch of Automatic Architecture: Motivating Form after Modernism by Sean Keller, recently published by University of Chicago Press. Automatic Architecture examines architects’ enthusiasm for autonomic design methods in the 1960s and 1970s. Influenced by the new science of computing, these architects tried to replace individual intuition with methods that were thought to be objective, logical, or natural. 6:00 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.

Civil rights icon and Chicago native Diane Nash recounts her work and shares her perspective on the civil rights movement. A leader of the Nashville Student Movement, Nash was active in coordinating civil protests in the South, including the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1961. Hear from this first-hand witness to history as she reflects on how those experiences relate to the challenges we face today. 6:30-8:00 p.m., Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, McCormick Theater. Admission: $10. Map. More info.

May 25
Celebrate annual Illinois Craft Beer Week as Shoreline Sightseeing kicks off its Brew Cruise season featuring the fine craft beers of Revolution Brewing. Cruise will include beer samplings of Revolution’s carefully created craft beers, light appetizer pairings, lively DJ entertainment, and 90-minute Chicago River cruise complete with spectacular views. 8:00 p.m., departs from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at southwest corner of Navy Pier. Tickets: $49 per person, must be 21. Cash bar will also be available. Map. More info.