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Scott Waguespack
Scott Waguespack

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

Food Truck Park And Plaza Coming To Heart Of Logan Square

Two other major Logan Square developments — the Encuentro Square affordable housing campus and the Project Logan apartment complex — also are moving forward.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Palmer Square Neighbors Urge Waguespack To Reject ‘Absurd’ Ward Remap Plan That Would Boot Them From The Rest Of Logan Square

The proposed Rules Committee map would put Palmer Square Park in the 36th Ward, a sliver that stretches from Bucktown to Montclare — which many believe was drawn out of spite.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

To Rein In ‘Problem’ Bars And Venues, Event Promoters Should Have To Register With The City, Aldermen Say

The plan would prevent business owners from shifting blame to promoters when something goes wrong, two aldermen say. But some club owners are pushing back.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Lakeview Could Get More, And Upgraded Affordable Apartments After Key City Approval

Affordable housing-focused nonprofit Mercy Housing wants to renovate its Belray Apartments building in Lakeview and build an annex with 16 affordable rental units.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Stretch Of Logan Square’s Milwaukee Avenue To Become ‘Pedestrian Street’ After Council Vote

Under the measure, developers who wish to build on the stretch must follow specific design guidelines. The ordinance blocks businesses like car washes and strip malls from opening on the street.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Facing Rise In Crime, Victims And Leaders In Logan Square, Humboldt Park Say Systemic Fixes Needed — Not More Police

Neighborhoods across the city have recorded big increases in homicides and carjackings since the start of the pandemic. Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale, the city’s gentrification hot spots, have not been spared.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

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

Armitage Avenue In Bucktown Fully Reopens After Construction — But Closures Are Coming To Logan Square Stretch Next

The city has completed a water main replacement on Armitage between Western Avenue and the expressway and is moving west for additional construction.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Armed Private Security Officers Could Start Patrolling Bucktown This Week, But Organizers Won’t Say How Program Will Work

The Bucktown Neighbors Association has refused to answer questions about how the patrol would work. But patrols could begin as soon as Wednesday, according to documents and emails from the group.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Bucktown Group Shrouded In Secrecy Wants To Hire Private Security To Patrol Neighborhood

The neighborhood has seen a spike in carjackings in 2021, which have surged citywide. The Bucktown Neighbors Association is considering hiring private security to "deter crime," but some neighbors are worried it could have an adverse impact.

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

Groceries By Bike? Courier Startup Will Launch In Wicker Park After Zoning Change Approved

Buyk, a New York City-based startup that provides ultra-fast grocery delivery by bike, wants to expand rapidly in Chicago as rival Getir also launches in the city.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Council To Vote On Tax Increase, Pollution Fines And Borrowing Plan As Part Of 2022 Budget

If approved by the City Council next week, Chicagoans can expect to see higher property tax bills tied to the rise in inflation.

Citywide

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

Bucktown Drivers, Be Alert: You Now Have To Drive On The Other Side Of Armitage During Construction

The street is still open for eastbound traffic between Western Avenue and the expressway. The water main replacement is expected to be completed by late fall.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Narrowed Plasticware Crackdown Set For Hearing As Tougher Version Remains On Shelf

Restaurants would be banned in most cases from sending customers home with unsolicited plasticware or condiment packets under an ordinance set to be considered Monday. But some say the measure doesn't go far enough.

Citywide

Ald. Jim Gardiner Apologizes To Fellow Alderman He Called A ‘B-tch’ In Leaked Texts

Ald. Jim Gardiner called aldermen Tom Tunney and Scott Waguespack to apologize, but he texted Waguespack's chief of staff, who he'd called a "b-tch."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Ald. Jim Gardiner Calls Constituent And Fellow Alderman A ‘B-tch,’ Rips His Critics In Leaked Text Messages

The profanity-laced texts show the alderman ripping people who dared to challenge him — including an alderman and a female chief of staff who he deemed an alderman's "b-tch."

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Shared Streets Come To Logan And Kedzie Boulevards, Drawing Mixed Reviews From Neighbors

Some say they're unnecessary and unsightly, while others say they're bringing much-needed safety upgrades to the busy roads.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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