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By Stephen Rynkiewicz | Neighborhood news curated by @rynk

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Challenges and opportunities of change: residential and commercial building development in West Town

<i>With the economy on the uptick, the entire area covered by Our Urban Times has begun to get more proposed construction projects. Since various</i> …

Urban Design

Polish Museum of America opens new First Floor Gift Shop and PRCUA

Photo by Julita Siegel<p>If you are Polish or have Polish ancestry and grew up in Chicago, chances are good that your family dragged you to the The …

Museums

Free Range Office in Wicker Park Open to Anyone in Need of Work Space

WICKER PARK — If quitting your job and becoming an entrepreneur is one of your New Year's resolutions — or if you've got cabin fever from working out …

Startups

Wicker Park/Bucktown Year in Review: 5 Stories That Mattered to Locals

WICKER PARK — From long-in-the-pipeline projects finally set into motion to controversial issues that got people talking, 2013 was a busy and …

Urban Planning

Man in Gray Peacoat, Face Scarf Robs UK Village Gallery Owner at Gunpoint

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — The owner of a local art gallery is warning her neighbors and the community about a man who robbed her at gunpoint Wednesday and …

Crime

Big Development Could Be Coming to Wicker Park's Main Hub

WICKER PARK — A developer is seeking a zoning change that would allow him to build a four-story apartment building with retail storefronts just north …

Urban Design

East Village Assn. Board asks developer to build to long term community need not current demand…he replies…community answers

With the intent to build a Transit Oriented Development (TOD)* at 1515-17 N. Haddon, Mark Sutherland presented plans for a six-story building with 45 …

Urban Design

Commercial Park

January 6, 2018<p>Our Thursday night Yoga in the Park program is on hiatus for a few weeks. We will let everyone know as soon as classes are ready to …

National Parks

UK Village Dominick's Future Uncertain for Employees in Sale to Mariano's

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — News that a Wisconsin-based supermarket chain would be acquiring a Ukrainian Village Dominick's and turning it into a Mariano's …

Europe

Dominicks in Ukrainian Village to become another Mariano's

Roundy's, Inc., owners of the food store chain Mariano's, announced Mon., Dec. 2, that they are acquiring 11 Dominick's stores from Safeway, Inc. …

Europe

Developer Cuts Studios, Adds 3-Bedrooms to Apartments Near Division 'L'

EAST VILLAGE — After a community group wanted to see more three-bedroom apartments to give options to families renting in the neighborhood, a …

Urban Design

October 26th 2:00 – 3:15 P.M.

Art Deco Jewel to Shine Again as Boutique Hotel in Wicker Park

WICKER PARK — After years of talk, plans are underway to convert Wicker Park's Northwest Tower, a 12-story vintage office building, into a boutique …

Hospitality

Grand Avenue bridge closed 2 weeks for emergency repairs

Emergency repairs are forcing a two-week shutdown of the Grand Avenue bridge over the Chicago River.<p>The 100-year-old bridge closed after 7 p.m. Monday and will stay closed through Oct. 7, the Chicago Department of Transportation said.<p>A weekend inspection revealed problems over part of the steel …

Moreno to Cut Ribbon on Rehabbed Police Station

The new Central Warrants Unit will have an open house Oct. 9, repurposing the former 13th District police station.<p>Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) will join …

Wicker Park Shooting Victim, Emmanuel 'Face' Bass, Dies

CHICAGO — A father who had been scarred by gunfire five years earlier died after being shot again last week in Wicker Park, authorities said.<p>Emmanuel …

Crime

Appeals court rejects challenge to Chicago landmarks ordinance

Preservationists exhaled Thursday after an Illinois appeals court turned back a challenge to Chicago's landmarks ordinance that had significance for efforts to save historic buildings nationwide.<p>The ruling sided with a lower court in rejecting an argument that the city's ordinance, which is similar …

Ashland Express Bus: Group Warns Most Left Turns Will Be Eliminated

WICKER PARK — A grassroots coalition of businesses and residents is appealing to the public to push back against a plan to dramatically turn Ashland …

Urban Design

A Fully-Formed 1611 West Division Awaits Finishing Touches

1611 W Division-construction watch<p>1611 West Division ("Tower of Pizza Hut") [Photo: Kevin Dickert]<p>[Photo: Kevin Dickert]<p>[Photo: Kevin Dickert]<p>[Photo: Kevin Dickert]<p>[Photo: Kevin Dickert]<p>How often does a building come out of the oven looking exactly like its rendering? Not very, but the Wheeler …