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New Ravenswood Station Coming Soon: Bittersweet News?

Many are excited about the construction of the new Ravenswood station being built on the northwest corner of west Lawrence and north Ravenswood Avenue. The project brings a Mariano’s grocery store, L.A. Fitness and Sears Auto Care Center to the area. More than 150 new luxury condominiums will be built in addition to what was mention … Continue reading

Ravenswood: What’s New and Special

To the naked eye when one drives through Ravenswood, it might be easy to deduce that it is full of closed businesses. You could say that this areas business development is on the decline. It may be hard to find some information on inner workings of Ravenswood, but that does not mean that it does … Continue reading

New Business Owner: “Boystown Renaissance” Underway

David Sikora, the owner of upcoming “Progress Bar”, which will take over the new vacant space that once housed “Cocktail” bar, was quoted by Lakeview Patch this week as saying that the Boystown area is about to go through a “renaissance”. Said Sikora, “Let me put it this way: Boystown is about to go through … Continue reading

Failing Brand: Caribou Coffee

In the last two weeks, Joh. A. Benckiser, the Viennese owner/operator of Caribou and Peet’s Coffee chains announced closures of 80 Midwestern Caribou locations and an additional 88 Midwestern conversions from Caribou to Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Chicago houses 16 of the Caribou locations, two of which will be permanently closed. Fourteen Chicago stores will … Continue reading

Uptown TIF, Protests, and Theater Troupes

This past Monday, the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee met to discuss the proposition to build luxury developments in a TIF (tax increment finance) district at Montrose and Clarendon in Uptown, Chicago. JDL Development is asking for 32 million in TIF funds.  This is the same developer mentioned in the last blog post who … Continue reading

People spots; the new hot spots

ANDERSONVILLE- For my midterm, I would like to focus my article on Andersonville’s commitment to being green and having environmentally friendly initiatives. I specifically want to look at what are being called “People Spots.” Andersonville currently has two people spots and are planning on installing a third this summer. Here is a map of current people … Continue reading

Lakeview Changes: Wrigley and Caribou

My two main focuses are the effects the newly proposed Wrigley Field renovation deal will have on the Lakeview neighborhood, as well as the closure of four Lakeview Caribou Coffee locations. There has been plenty of reporting on the topics, coming from major outlets like the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, as well as smaller publications … Continue reading

In Boystown, Urban Planning Abounds

Going through sources for stories in both Lincoln Square as well as the immediate Boystown area (from Belmont to Grace along Halsted), I have found that the most compelling story lines in the various developments that are popping up along that particular corridor. There is the proposed 6-story, 100 room hotel at 3300 block of … Continue reading

UPTOWN – Urban Development on the Rise

Uptown is Chicago’s new hip, north side neighborhood… or at least that what some want it to become. After acquiring seven buildings in the area, developer Jay Michaels is hoping to be on the cutting edge of a new trend: posh, exclusive, luxury living in Uptown, Chicago. For a neighborhood that is more currently known … Continue reading

Buy Local, Chicago style

By Jon Cecero I found Local First Chicago, a website about buying from local businesses in Chicago, on twitter after following eco-Andersonville. I found their website interesting and their twitter page engaging. For example, they do a good job promoting events and have branded themselves on the importance of buying locally to help a local … Continue reading

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