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New landmark district will save Superior Street row houses from demolition

Three 19th century Victorian row houses on East Superior Street, once slated for demolition, are in a newly-approved landmark district and safe from the wrecking ball.

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Bouncer killed, owner injured by gunfire outside Sound-Bar

A popular River North dance club’s bouncer was killed and the bar’s owner was shot during an early morning incident.

Bail set at $1,000 for man accused of seriously injuring Trump Hotel guard

A man who seriously injured a security guard at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago on March 15 will be able to go free by posting a bail deposit of just $100.

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TwitterOur Smoked Trout Caesar salad is packed with flavor and is the perfect dish to indulge in today! #TortoiseSupperClub [link]

Grand jury returns 16 felony counts against Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett’s legal problems have just become significantly more serious as a Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count true bill of charges against him in connection with his alleged falsification of a hate crime in Streeterville.


Judge dismisses lawsuit of former Spire developer against Irish banking agency

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Garrett Kelleher against the banking agency he says derailed the project.


Special tax incentive for landmarks would support rehab of Macy’s on State Street

A property tax incentive that encourages the preservation of designated landmarks has been introduced to the Chicago City Council that would support a planned $194 million rehabilitation of Macy’s flagship department store in the Loop.

Nominations open for ‘Loop Employee of the Month’

A project to celebrate the Chicago Loop workforce will select an ‘employee of the month’ every month through next February.

Shoreline Sightseeing
TwitterWe are back! Architecture River Tours begin tomorrow.We will be cruising from our docks at Michigan Ave and Navy [link]


‘Manhattanization’ of Chicago underway with billion-dollar projects

You do not need to be a rocket scientist or even a real estate developer to see the future of the Windy City. The Manhattanization of Chicago is in full swing with several multi-billion-dollar projects on the drawing board.

Proposed rent control act riles Chicago landlords

A battle between tenant advocacy groups and Chicago apartment landlords is heating up in the Illinois Legislature surrounding a new proposed statewide Rent Control Act.

Residential development planned for former Cabrini-Green site

A new 482-unit mixed-income residential complex, including a 21-story high-rise, will be built on the former site of a high school that once served the public housing complex.

Chicago apartments are going to the dogs if their owners can afford the fees

Chicago animal lovers who are apartment hunting this spring should be aware that pet policies are costly and filled with restrictions, especially in luxury high-rises.


City council considering broadcast of committee meetings online

Aware that city council committee meetings generally take place when most people are at work, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has introduced a resolution that would require all meetings to be available online.


Why ‘fake it ’til you make it’ is finished

You are going to be confronted by grim business realities at some point. You can be prepared. Or you can be Theranos.

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City Club of Chicago presents Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago, where she leads the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Most recently, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, for the City of Chicago. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.

Musicians from the Chicago area’s Bach Week Festival will give a free public performance of music by German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach in the skylit lobby of Chicago’s historic Rookery Building. The pop-up concert is Chicago’s link to the 2019 international Bach in the Subways project. 12:30 to 12:50 p.m., 209 South LaSalle Street. Free to the public. Performers donate their services. Map. More info.

Opening reception for an exhibit of the work of local French-American artist Nathalie Gribinski to promote her recently published book of poetry and illustrations, In the Mist of Fire. Combining elements of abstraction and mystic realism, Gribinski’s art features lilting curves and continuity through a fluid lens of fantasy. Food, music, and a collection of the artist’s pieces. French and English copies of In the Mist of Fire will be available for purchase. 6:00-10:00 p.m., The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, 1012 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s fever-dream staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s perennially popular La Traviata tells the story of the elegant courtesan Violetta, whose life in Paris is full of fleeting pleasures and who unexpectedly finds true love with Alfredo. Their happiness is imperiled by the meddling of his father Germont, Alfredo’s jealousy, and ultimately her fragile health. This is the opera that inspired Moulin Rouge and is featured in Pretty Woman. Performed in Italian with projected English translations. Lyric Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Map. More info.

March 25
For the world’s most vulnerable, persecuted, and troubled, even in the most sorrowful times of darkness, moments of light are bound to emerge. Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra, presents a fully-immersive sensory concert experience with In Darkness We Rise, in recognition of the love, loss, and unyielding hope the persecuted communities have experienced throughout history. Performed with evocative theatrical lighting and other interactive elements to deepen the concert experience. 7:30 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue. Tickets: $10-$62. Map. More info.