Marina City at 50

Iconic towers built with eye towards boosting downtown living prove prescient

11/21/2012

In November 1962, the Marina City mixed-use complex marked an important milestone. The two towers weren't finished, but the east tower was finished enough that folks had begun to move in. It would be another two years before the rest of the complex was completed, but a ceremony was held to honor the towers' progress.
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Thankful for doggone companions

11/21/2012

I pulled my coffee mug reading that out of the cabinet this morning, my big black and white mug with tiny doggie footprints and little bones on it. I hadn’t used it in a few weeks, since we put my Boston terrier, Mick, to sleep.
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Attacked at fireworks

11/21/2012

A group of people attending a fireworks show at the lakefront Saturday, Nov. 17 got attacked by a mob of 15 to 20 young men and at least one woman was robbed.
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Sketching out Lathrop's future

First batch of plans for North Side public housing redevelopment are just the beginning

11/14/2012

Initial designs for the redevelopment of the Julia C. Lathrop Homes have been coolly met — residents and community leaders feel the Chicago Housing Authority missed the mark on a number of the details in the draft — but the agency is saying that the final plan will satisfy.
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Flaming Wok 'n' Grill offers Indian food on Goose Island

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

11/14/2012

On a cold, rainy Thursday evening, the crowd at Flaming Wok ’n’ Grill Indian restaurant is growing. Two college students sit at the middle table, watching TV. A man in his 30s is nursing a plate at the table in the back. Over by the counter, a man is ordering dinner as he holds his young daughter in his arms.
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Grape wrath in Gold Coast

11/14/2012

There’s a battle brewing on the Near North Side regarding the wine shop — or as some neighbors call it, the “liquor store” — Just Grapes, which is looking to move into the current home of Regina Flowers & Gifts at 1149 N. State St.
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Robbed on way to hotel

11/14/2012

A 25-year-old Michigan man was robbed in the 400 block of North New Street at 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 while walking back to his hotel.
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Lakeshore Flower Shop looks to close its doors after 36 years

11/07/2012

When Rosemary Ferrantelli and her husband, Biagio, took over the Lakeshore Flower Shop in Lakeview in 1976, they inherited more than just the keys to a neighborhood florist shop.
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Shop local in Streeterville

11/07/2012

I don’t know about you, but I’m shopping local as much as possible this year. I’m keeping my money in my neighborhood, and my city. I may even challenge myself to buy zilch, as in nothing, if it’s not from a Chicago-based mom and pop business.
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Prentice denied landmark status

Move sets up former women’s hospital for demolition

11/07/2012

After months of delays and an intense propaganda ground war, the former Prentice Women’s Hospital building in Streeterville was denied landmark status by the city of Chicago on Thursday — a move that could well doom preservationists’ hopes to save the structure from the wrecking ball.
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