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Protected Bike Lanes, Pedestrian Improvements Proposed For Augusta Boulevard In Ukrainian Village And West Town

The lanes would run between Milwaukee and Western avenues. The plan would also shorten pedestrian crosswalks and lower speed limits on that stretch of Augusta.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Despite Delay, Bally’s River West Casino Proposal Primed For City Council Vote Next Week

Alderpeople must "do some studying this weekend" after last-minute updates. A vote is planned Monday, sending the proposal to the full City Council on Wednesday.

Citywide

Man Being Questioned In Lincoln Park Shooting Could Be Linked To 20 Or More Robberies, Alderman Says

Dakotah Earley, a culinary arts student who worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, recently had surgery to have his jaw reconstructed after being shot in the head, Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

New Ward Map Would Put Lincoln Yards Under Control Of Alderman Who Opposed Megadevelopment

A compromise reached Monday marks the likely end of a standoff between Alds. Brian Hopkins and Scott Waguespack to represent the $6 billion megadevelopment.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Fast-Tracked Chicago Casino Is The Parking Meter Deal All Over Again, Ald. Says As He Vows To Fight It

Ald. Brendan Reilly wants City Council to pump the brakes. "The last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up on our faces and it was called the parking meter deal."

Citywide

‘Disappointed But Not Surprised’: Outraged Alderman, Neighbors Pledge To Lobby Against Bally’s As Chicago’s 1st Casino

Lightfoot's pick is the Tribune Publishing site on the Chicago River — and aldermen are accusing her of sidestepping the city's casino committee. "Tired of these false, zero-sum choices that Chicago mayors have been setting up for decades," one tweeted.

Downtown

Lightfoot Set To Announce Casino Pick As Critics Question The Selection Process

The mayor is widely expected to choose the Bally’s River West proposal over the loud objections of neighbors and some aldermen.

Citywide

Next Stop: Polish Triangle. Wicker Park’s Division Street Blue Line Station Could Be Renamed To Honor Area’s Polish Past

A proposal from Ald. Brian Hopkins would rename the station "Division/Polish Triangle." The area was once home to hundreds of Polish businesses and organizations.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Gold Coast Bar Play Kitchen & Cocktails Temporarily Closes After Concerns Over ‘Late-Hour Criminal Activity,’ Ald. Hopkins Says

Ald. Brian Hopkins pushed the Division Street bar to close after someone shot at the building in December. Owners are now developing a new safety plan.

Downtown

Want To Boost Your Block’s Tree Canopy? The City Is Planting Free Trees For Those Who Request Them In The 2nd Ward

Chicago's tree canopy has declined in recent years. "We are significantly below what a major city should be," Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.

Citywide

Carjacking, Robbery Victims In Wicker Park Area Say City Needs To Do More To Keep Them Safe — And In The Loop

Carjackings and robberies are up significantly in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town. "Whether it's the Mayor's Office, the prosecutor's office or the Police Department, I just wish they would work better together," one victim said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Battle For Lincoln Yards: New Map Takes Megadevelopment From The Alderman Who Fought To Build It

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) says adding Lincoln Yards to his ward would make the community more "contiguous." Hopkins called that "utter nonsense."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Town Community Groups Say Proposed Latino Caucus Ward Map Carves Up The Neighborhood

As a battle between City Council’s Latino and Black caucuses heats up to decide political boundaries for the next decade, neighborhood leaders are pushing back against the Latino Caucus' proposal.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

As Lightfoot Bargains To Pass Budget, Black Caucus Wants Cash-For-Poor Pilot Money Spent To Combat Violence Instead

Meanwhile, progressives are pushing the city to invest $10 million in mental health clinics — and they've got the support of a slim City Council majority.

Citywide

In Wicker Park, Neighbors Fed Up With Recent Crime Gather For Safety Walk: ‘People Right Now Are Scared’

About 40 people attended Tuesday’s safety walk in Wicker Park, organized by the local alderperson and police district. The event follows several high-profile shootings in recent weeks.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Sterling Bay Breaks Ground On Lincoln Yards’ First Building, A Massive Life Sciences Center

Construction on the ALLY building marks the start of transforming the area into the controversial Lincoln Yards mega-development in Bucktown and Lincoln Park.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

As Carjackings Continue in Bucktown And Wicker Park, Police Promise To Do More — But Neighbors Differ On Path Forward

Bucktown, Wicker Park and West Town have seen a surge in carjackings in recent months. “Awareness is no longer a solution to the issue,” one resident said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Controversial Plan To Build Apartment Tower On Near North Side Abruptly Pulled Before Key City Vote

Neighbors protested the plan, saying it was too close to their building and too tall.

Near North Side, River North

Lightfoot’s Plan To Ban Alcohol Sales After 10 PM ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Alderman Says

“You can’t kneecap a whole industry of mostly independent small businesses ... because of anecdotal concerns about quality of life,” one expert said.

Citywide
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