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Cloud Kitchens Promises To Fix Traffic ‘Clusterf–k’, But North Center Neighbors Skeptical Plan Will Work

“It’s like a Portillo’s drive-thru but with armed security guards. It’s bonkers, man,” one neighbor said. Nearby business owners say the constant stream of delivery drivers and trucks is costing them customers.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago Used 60% Of Discretionary COVID-19 Funding From Feds On Police: ‘It’s Immoral,’ Critics Say

The city received $480 million in discretionary spending from the feds under the CARES Act. Of that money, $281.5 million went to the Chicago Police Department.

Citywide

Lakeview Alderman Supports 5-Story Apartment Building At Former Zia’s Site, But Some Neighbors Worry About Traffic

Developers want to knock down the Italian restaurant to build a 48-unit apartment building, but neighbors are worried it will cause traffic congestion.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

5-Story Apartment Building Could Replace Zia’s Lago Vista Restaurant In Lakeview

Developers want to knock down the Italian restaurant and build a five-story apartment building with 48 units.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

New Buildings In High-Income Neighborhoods Would Need 30 Percent Affordable Units Under Aldermen’s Proposal

The proposed overhaul of the city's affordable requirements ordinance would also stop letting developers pay a fee to get out of building on-site affordable units.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Cedar Street Bringing 180 Apartments To Uptown Corner, Second Part Of Massive Broadway Building Project

Cedar Street received initial approval for a two-building, 180 unit development at Broadway and Winona that will complement its 342-unit complex across the street.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

2 Uptown Buildings To Be Torn Down, Replaced By Apartment Complexes

Two- and three-story buildings will make way for mid-rise complexes with apartments and retail.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Bike Lane Added To One-Way Street In North Center

Cyclists will now have a bike lane while traveling through the one-way stretch of Grace Street between Lincoln and Damen avenues.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’

Although some aldermen say little has changed since Lightfoot sought to limit aldermanic veto power, others are pushing back. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen so far is much worse: mayoral prerogative," one alderman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Plan To Convert North Center Apartment Building Into Hotel Opposed By Alderman, Neighbors

Only one neighbor voiced support for the plans, according to Ald. Matt Martin’s office.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Dormant Ravenswood Factory Could Be Renovated Into Sustainable Apartment Building With Green Roof

Developers said they plan to repair and "spruce up" the building's exterior while maintaining its original architectural character.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

What Should 47th Ward Prioritize Amid Chicago’s Budget Shortfall? Ald. Martin To Hold Town Hall

The 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will be streamed online and requires an RSVP.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Dispensary33 Seeks Even Larger Expansion In Andersonville

The cannabis dispensary wants to grow its Clark Street store by 60 percent by expanding into a neighboring nail salon and hot dog stand.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

City’s Shared Street Program Off To A Good Start In Ravenswood: ‘We’re Absolutely Interested In Expanding’

At least one other shared street is being shelved while the city focuses on public safety.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Ald. Martin Will Answer Questions About Police Reform During Thursday Facebook Event

“It’s important to use this as an opportunity to discuss policing issues so in the coming weeks we can address concerns really aggressively in City Council,” Martin said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

How To Safely Use Chicago’s First Shared Street In Ravenswood: ‘It’s Not A Block Party’

"It's not a block party — it's a public health benefit" say signs along Chicago's first shared street on Leland Avenue.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

City’s First Shared Street Opens Friday On Leland Avenue In Ravenswood

Leland Avenue in Ravenswood and Uptown will get the shared street designation.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Students Can Learn Community Organizing At Free Summer Youth Program

The two-month Youth Organizing Institute, sponsored by three North Side alderman, is for 8th-12th grade students.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Time To Rethink Business Districts In Wake Of Coronavirus, Uptown Leaders Say

More pedestrian zones and expanded outdoor cafe seating could transform Uptown's commercial corridors, leaders said Thursday.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Rent Grace Period Would Allow Struggling Tenants Pay Back Rent Over 12 Months, Aldermen Say

Under a new proposal, renters who have lost income due to coronavirus would have 12 months to pay their rent and mortgage holders would also get relief.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
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