Four @ 4: Jan. 24 Update

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’llContinue reading “Four @ 4: Jan. 24 Update”

Hadiya Pendleton a Year Later: What Has Changed in Chicago

During his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013, President Barack Obama spoke to the House of Representatives—as the nation watched on—about gun violence and the death of one Chicago high school student. “One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old,” Obama said. “JustContinue reading “Hadiya Pendleton a Year Later: What Has Changed in Chicago”

Four @ 4: Jan. 13 Update

1. Divers Still Searching for Woman Who Fell in Chicago River The Chicago Police Marine Unit is still searching for the body of a 21-year-old woman who fell into the Chicago River just after midnight, according to the Chicago Tribune. She was trying to help a 26-year-old man she was with who had fallen into theContinue reading “Four @ 4: Jan. 13 Update”

Four @ 4: Jan. 6 Update

1. Snow, Temps Leave Illinois in a State of Disaster After winter storm “Hercules” dumped over a foot of snow on Illinois and wind-chill temperatures reached as low as 50-below zero Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn has declared Illinois to be in a state of disaster and has activated the Illinois National Guard. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—tanned fromContinue reading “Four @ 4: Jan. 6 Update”

Finding affordable housing in Chicago Lawn: one renter’s story

Even as the economy begins to recover from the recession that began in 2007, the housing crisis that helped cause it continues to play out in many areas of Chicago. The Chicago Lawn community area — bounded by 59th Street and 75th Street on Chicago’s southwest side — was hit particularly hard with a highContinue reading “Finding affordable housing in Chicago Lawn: one renter’s story”

Marathon Notebook: 26.2 Miles of Madness

Just beyond the eight-mile mark, Chicago Marathon runners were greeted by dance music, flag-twirling and choreographed cheerleading. Welcome to Boystown. At the center of the festivities was the Chicago Spirit Brigade, a volunteer organization that raises money performing at public Chicago events.  For the Chicago Marathon, the roughly thirty Brigade members were set up at the intersection ofContinue reading “Marathon Notebook: 26.2 Miles of Madness”

Elite Runners Mixed on Weather’s Impact

With the possibility of “ice pellets or snowflakes,” according to marathon analyst Tim Hutchings, weather conditions were at the forefront of questions during Friday’s elite runners press conference for the Chicago Marathon. According to forecasts, temperatures are expected to be in the low- to mid-30s for Sunday’s 7:30 a.m. start and get no higher than theContinue reading “Elite Runners Mixed on Weather’s Impact”