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Controversial Plan To Convert Historical Old Town Stable Into Stores And Apartments Approved By City Council

Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said the plan was the result of a compromise with developers that included smaller addition to the historic garage. But some neighbors argued the plan should never have been approved in the first place.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

After A Teenager Was Shot Near Oz Park, Neighbors Call For More Security Cameras, Foot Patrols

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the shooting, but neighbors say they need more security cameras and cooperation with police to make the Oz Park area safer.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Plan To Crack Down On Home Museums Scrapped After Fierce Opposition From Artists, Historians

Ald. Sophia King said there was a "highly coordinated campaign” against the ordinance, and she criticized Ald. Michele Smith and Mayor Lori Lightfoot for their opposition to it.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Police Install More License Plate Readers On Lake Shore Drive To Slow ‘Out-Of-Control’ Carjacking Surge

Carjackings in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park area have more than doubled in the last year, and police are increasingly using cameras to track people using expressways to flee scenes.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lakeview, Lincoln Park Aldermen To Host Carjacking Forum Amid Citywide Surge

The virtual forum is schedule for Feb. 2. Alds. Michele Smith (43rd) and Tom Tunney (44th) will be present with police and prosecutors.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

City Council Approves Plan To Convert Part Of Lincoln Park’s Second Church Of Christ Scientist Into Apartments

The development will downsize the church, retaining the front foyer as a worship space while building a seven-story apartment complex at the rear of the property.

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

Chicago History Museum Unveils Final Plans For Plaza Renovation, History Trail Construction

The Chicago History Museum's $10 million park beautification project could be finished by October.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lincoln Park, Lakeview Neighbors Uneasy As Carjackings Soar: ‘This Left A Bitter Taste In My Mouth’

Carjackings are up citywide, but especially in the Lincoln Park and Lakeview area, which has seen carjackings double since last year.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lincoln Park Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking Again As Young People Socialize, Travel, Officials Say

Ald. Michele Smith said people aren't complying with mask-wearing guidance, and the city needs a way to enforce it.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Neighbors Fuming After Historic Old Town Stable Loses Landmark Status, Will Become Modern Condos

The building was built in 1883 as a horse stable and designated “contributing” to the neighborhood’s Historic Landmark District status in 1984. It lost its status Thursday.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Francis Parker School Says It Won’t Buy More Neighborhood Property — For Now

Representatives from the private school said they have no immediate plans to buy more property, but they will hold onto their units in another condo building for "long-term planning."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

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

Lincoln Park Reversed Course On ‘Embarrassing’ Coronavirus Outbreak, But Progress Could Be Undone Without Masks, Alderman Says

The owner of music venue Park West said he's prepared to be closed through the end of next year. It'll only reopen after Chicago gets a handle on the virus's spread.

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

Galit In Lincoln Park Closes After Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Galit is one of 11 restaurants participating in Lincoln Park's outdoor dining program, which allows restaurants on Lincoln Avenue to set up dining tables in the street between Wrightwood and Fullerton avenues on weekends.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lincoln Park Coronavirus Surge ‘Embarrassing,’ Ald. Says As Young Residents Pack Bars And Ignore Mask Rules

While crowded bars are a problem, other residents said college-aged Lincoln Parkers are also returning to jobs in the service industry.

Lincoln Park, Old 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

City Will Shut Down General Iron Following Monday Explosion, Alderman Says

A Monday morning explosion sent a plume of smoke into the air and hazardous material response teams to the controversial metal-shredding plant.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Neighbors Beg Mayor, City Council To Shut Down General Iron And Pilsen Scrapper During Pandemic

Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said she was proud of her constituents for speaking up, but she wasn't sure how the mayor would act: "We've been calling for this place to be shut down and moved for a long time."

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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