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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

Developer Proposing Apartments Claims Part Of Lincoln Park Building Is Empty — But 3 Tenants Are There

"In the end, one fact remains indisputable, which is that the claim that there are no tenants on the second floor of the building ... is not truthful," one business owner said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Second Church Of Christ Scientist’s Conversion To Apartments Gets Key Approval Despite Neighbor Opposition

The facade of the 120-year-old church at 2700 N. Pine Grove Ave. in Lincoln Park would be preserved as part of the project.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

East Side Activists Bring Fight Against General Iron To Mayor Lightfoot’s Block: ‘We Need To Breathe Just Like Everybody Else’

"We are a dumping ground, we are the garbage can of the city," one Southeast Side resident said. "They don’t care about us, they don’t want to keep us safe or breathe the same clear, privileged air they breathe.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Megadevelopment Would Bring 2,600 Apartments To Moody Bible Institute Campus

The Near North Side planned development near Walter Payton College Prep would include towers topping out at 55 stories.

Near North Side, River North

Infrastructure Projects Will Shut Down Some Ukrainian Village Roads In Upcoming Months

Work includes a water main replacement and improvements to People's Gas equipment.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Hasn’t Rolled Out Tree-Saving Water Main Technology Nearly A Year After Pilot Program Promised

Water main work has taken place during the pandemic but it hasn't been using "cured-in-place pipe" technology designed to save trees, city officials said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

General Iron’s Potential Reopening A ‘Final Insult’ To Lincoln Park Neighbors, Alderman Says

Final inspections before General Iron's reopening should "happen within a matter of days," said Dr. Alison Arwady, head of Chicago's Department of Public Health.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

General Iron Seeks City Approval To Reopen As Activists Urge Shutdown To Continue Through COVID-19 Pandemic

It's not clear when the city inspections will take place or when the scrapper could reopen if given the green light.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Activists Push City To Close General Iron During Pandemic: City ‘Signaling It Will Not Stand In General Iron’s Way’

After a local alderman said General Iron's reopening is "highly probable," activists from Clean the North Branch renewed their calls for the city to shut down the Lincoln Park scrapyard.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘Highly Probable’ General Iron Will Fully Reopen Lincoln Park Site After Investigation, Alderman Says

Neighbors and activists are planning a Tuesday news conference to again urge city leaders to keep the scrapper closed.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Gold Coast Neighbors Fear They’ll Lose Light, Property Values If Luxury Tower Is Built, But Developers Say That’s Just City Living

Developers from Fifield Companies responded to neighbors' questions and concerns about their plans to build a 43-story luxury condo building on the Near North Side.

Near North Side, River North

Near North Condo Owners Don’t Want Another High-Rise Built Next Door. Now They’ll Weigh In At Public Hearing

Fifield Companies plans to build the 457-foot tower at 111 W. Maple. Neighbors at the Gold Coast Galleria say it will block light and airflow, and diminish property values.

Near North Side, River North

Plan To Tear Down 1890s Workers Cottage, Replace It With Condo Building Moves Forward In Noble Square

The 128-year-old worker's cottage is among many in the West Town area being replaced with condos and apartments.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Town Neighbors Can Weigh In On Proposed Worker’s Cottage Teardown, Condo Project

The worker’s cottage located at 1534 W. Augusta Blvd. was built more than 100 years ago.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

These Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town Businesses Are Reopening This Week

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said it's time for citizens to make "informed decisions" about supporting newly reopened restaurants, bars, salons and retail stores.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Neighbors Clean Up Wicker Park, Bucktown Following Looting Of At Least 40 Businesses — Including Family-Owned Shops

"No one was organizing the groups, people felt like they had a duty to the neighborhood and to the businesses," one neighbor said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘So Full Of Life’: Beloved Wicker Park Neighbor Geraldine ‘Geri’ Baginski Dies In House Fire At 76

Geraldine "Geri" Baginski, 76, was a devoted member of St. Helen's Parish Catholic Church and a champion of historic preservation and the arts in Wicker Park.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Neighbors Celebrate Closure Of General Iron, But Scrappers Now Unsure Where To Take Truckloads Of Metal

The morning after an explosion that forced the shutdown of the Lincoln Park metal recycling plant, scrap metal collectors showed up looking to unload.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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