1. Whole Foods to Lincoln Park?
Twitter was buzzing Friday afternoon about the possibility of Whole Foods moving into the abandoned Dominick’s location at Fullerton and Sheffield avenues near DePaul University. A Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce source confirmed Friday that an announcement about the location could come as early as late Friday afternoon. We’ll update throughout the day. Related: Dominick’s closes
2. I-94 Cleared After Devastating Pileup
A Thursday afternoon pileup that involved 46 vehicles on I-94 roughly 60 miles west of Chicago was finally cleared Friday morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, three people were killed, including one Chicago resident—Jerry Dalrymple from the 9000 block of South Bell Avenue. Sudden whiteout conditions are considered to be responsible for the accident that sent as many as 20 additional people to hospitals.
3. A Higher Percentage of Murders Solved in 2013
According to DNAinfo Chicago, CPD detectives brought charges in or cleared 126 of 415 murders tallied in Chicago last year, or a 30 percent rate. That’s a 5 percent improvement from 2012 and the best rate the city has seen since 2012. In 2013, 72 new investigators were assigned to investigate shootings.
Also: Jan. 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Hadiya Pendleton in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. The 15-year-old student was shot just three weeks after she performed with her school choir in Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The Red Line Project has taken a look how far Chicago has come in handling gun violence and homicides in the past year and has a map of all of Chicago’s homicides in 2013.
4. Monday Metra Commute Delays
After cancelling more than 40 trains during the Jan. 6 polar vortex (#Chiberia), Metra has already warned customers to expect delays during their Monday commute, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. Slower train speeds and increased boarding times are expected to cause slower travel. Current forecasts from The Weather Channel project the high temperature Monday to be 2 degrees, with a low between minus 9 and minus 11 and winds of up 21 mph.