IDOT pitches plans to rethink downtown Chicago's highway hub

Drawing a new circle

09/05/2012

The hub of all the far-flung roads that bring people to Chicago is the Circle Interchange, the mish-mash of highways that sits between the West Loop, South Loop and University Village. It's where I-90/94 and I-290 meet, and by anyone's measure, it's a mess.
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CTA to revamp Lincoln Avenue bus route, remove most of Lincoln Park segment

Bus stopped

09/05/2012

The No. 11 Lincoln/Sedgwick bus route isn't particularly busy. It doesn't run on any major artery streets, and even on at the peak of rush hour last Friday, seats were readily available. But when the Chicago Transit Authority announced that the portion of the route that runs through Ravenswood, Lake View and parts of Lincoln Park would be eliminated, many residents, local businesses and community organizations rallied in protest.
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Sweet stories bear fruit

Heart of the 'hood

09/05/2012

"A woman lived in an urban area with little fresh fruit, and all her local market ever had in the produce department were lemons. After weeks of wishing there were more fruit options available than just lemons, the woman bought lemons, made lemon chocolate cupcakes, and opened a cupcake business which became extremely successful."
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Historic Lincoln Park thrift store closes its doors

Farewell to the Elephant

08/29/2012

For Bridget Corum, going to the White Elephant has always been more than just a shopping experience. "It's sort of like I'm on a hunt," said Corum, who's lived in Lincoln Park for over two decades. The thrift store, at 2380 N. Lincoln Ave., has served as a place to buy clothes for her family (and donate those clothes when they are outgrown) or pick up an antique on the cheap.
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Sexual abuse lawsuit dogs Ogden School

Three years into case, mother of disabled boy seeks justice from CPS, Ogden International

08/29/2012

On the morning of May 5, 2009, the mother of a 6-year-old autistic boy received a phone call from Kenneth Staral, principal of the Ogden International School of Chicago at 24 W. Walton St., where her son was currently enrolled in a second semester.
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Chicago heroes stand up

Heart of the 'hood

08/29/2012

Gold Coaster Jonny Imerman was just a kid, 26 years old, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. While in the hospital, Imerman noticed that a lot of people seemed to be facing cancer alone. It was because of this that in 2002 he started Imerman Angels, a nonprofit providing one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.
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Photos: Chicago Air and Water Show

08/22/2012


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Northwestern University lays out argument for tearing down old hospital

Reclaiming Prentice

08/22/2012

While inching forward with its plan to build a new facility at the site of Prentice Women's Hospital, Northwestern University has so far employed a subtle strategy of stick and move.
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Teaching Chicago kids to give to others

Heart of the 'hood

08/22/2012

Lake View resident Zio Perez is teaching the preschool kids at the neighborhood's Nettelhorst Elementary School an extraordinary lesson, one that should take them to the head of the class always, for the rest of their lives.
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State rep kicked out of Illinois House

Attorneys call process “a sham” vow Derrick Smith will campaign to regain seat

08/22/2012

Derrick Smith, the Near North and Near West Side state representative accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe, was expelled from the Illinois House on Aug. 17 by his colleagues.
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