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City Council Votes To Make It Easier For Businesses Seeking Sign Permits, OK’s $1.2 Million Settlement

The settlement was one of three approved Wednesday totaling $1.9 million.

Citywide

Weiss Hospital Development Gets City Council Approval After Months Of Heated Debate

The apartments planned for the hospital parking lot have split opinions among Uptown neighbors, community advocates and elected officials.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Edgewater Esports Cafe, Put On Hold During Pandemic, Is Back In Play For Potential 2022 Opening

City Council approved plans for the esports center at 5214 N. Sheridan Road.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Police Department Getting First-Ever Civilian-Led Oversight Commission

The civilian commission is a compromise between police reform advocates and Mayor Lori Lightfoot after a two-year standoff.

Citywide

Benedictine Sisters Get City’s OK To Build Senior Housing Complex On West Ridge Campus

The senior apartments would help Benedictine Sisters stay on their century-old campus and help bring needed senior housing to the area, the order said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After Being Spared From The Wrecking Ball, Victorian Building Formerly Home To La Luce Receives Landmark Status

Built in 1892 as a Schlitz brewing saloon and tied house, the Queen Anne Victorian building was La Luce’s home from 1989 until the restaurant closed in 2016.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Michael Reese Megadevelopment Approved By City Council, Clearing Way For Apartments, Retail, Park And New Pavilion

The $3.8 billion project will overhaul Bronzeville land that has been sitting empty for more than a decade.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

$60M Regal Mile Studios In South Shore Gets City Council Approval

The “state-of-the-art media campus” is planned for a 6.5-acre plot in the far southwest corner of South Shore.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Long-Awaited Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development Gets City Council Approval

The next phase of the Roosevelt Square project contains three mid-rise buildings with 207 total units and the rehabilitation of an existing building that will be the home of a museum and 15 residential units. 

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Former Home To La Luce — And Michael Jordan’s Old Office — Set For Historic Landmark Status

The building's owners applied for a demolition permit last year, but the community fought back.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Sexual Assaults By City Lifeguards And Threatened Retaliation Against Victims Needs Broader Investigation, Park District Watchdog Says

The report centers on three male lifeguards accused of sexual assault.

Citywide

Roosevelt Square Project On Track To Deliver Over 200 Residential Units On Near West Side After Plan Commission Approval

The residential units would include market-rate, affordable and units retained for Chicago Housing Authority residents.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Watchdog Finds Black Applicants To Police Department Are Least Likely To Be Invited To Academy

Despite making up 37 percent of the initial applicant pool, Black applicants from 2016-2018 represented just 18 percent of those invited to join the police academy, the report showed. But reforms have since been enacted.

Citywide

Longtime DuSable Park Advocates Say Lightfoot Has Left Them Out Of Her $40 Million Plan To Finally Build Park

The coalition says the development of DuSable Park should not be "tethered" to a private development nearby that could provide $10 million toward the park's construction.

Citywide

Chicago Liquor Stores Can’t Sell Booze After Midnight Anymore, But Lightfoot Loses Bid To Move Some Powers Away From Aldermen

Aldermen pushed back, fearing a Fifth Floor power grab would limit their influence in their neighborhoods.

Citywide

Developer’s 19-Story Apartment Tower In Fulton Market Gets City Approval

Months after city officials lifted a ban on housing north of Lake Street, City Council approved LG Development's revised plan for a 19-story, 414-unit apartment building at 210 N. Aberdeen St.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lake Shore Drive Is Now Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Council Votes

The change comes as people have sought ways to honor Black historical figures like Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the first non-Indigenous settler of Chicago.

Citywide

A West Side Vacant Lot Will Soon Become A Roller Rink And Community Plaza

The roller rink will be built along a troubled street in an effort to use public investment and community engagement to deter crime and help revitalize the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘DuSable Lake Shore Drive’ Name Change Compromise Could Get Sealed By City Council Friday

The City Council is back Friday after a chaotic Wednesday meeting got pushed back. Meanwhile, 22 aldermen sent Mayor Lori Lightfoot a letter asking her to follow City Council procedures.

Citywide

City Council Meeting Abruptly Ends In Chaos With No Vote On Renaming Lake Shore Drive

The drama began when aldermen were asked to consider Mayor Lori Lightfoot's appointment of Celia Meza as Chicago’s corporation counsel earlier than expected. City Council is “not a council of order anymore,” one alderman said.

Downtown
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