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South Loop

South Loop
Once the 19th Century hub of Chicago's printing and publishing industry, the South Loop has been transformed in the last 20 years into one of Chicago's most progressive neighborhoods. Read more about Chicago's South Loop

Developers and new residents are descending on a strip once noted for auto dealers and manufacturers. Read more about Motor Row
Once the 19th Century hub of Chicago's printing and publishing industry, the South Loop has been transformed in the last 20 years into one of Chicago's most progressive neighborhoods. Read more about Chicago's South Loop

Developers and new residents are descending on a strip once noted for auto dealers and manufacturers. Read more about Motor Row
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  • Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams pocket fees despite Taste cancellation

    Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams pocket fees despite Taste cancellation
    Hometown rocker Jeff Tweedy and alt-country chanteuse Lucinda Williams made out OK even though morning storms washed out their evening sets when the city opted to close Taste of Chicago the day they were scheduled to play. According to their contracts...
  • Ji Yoon in as Acadia pastry chef; Thomas Raquel NYC-bound

    Ji Yoon in as Acadia pastry chef; Thomas Raquel NYC-bound
    Two concurrent noteworthy items from the world of Chicago pastry chefs: First comes news that Thomas Raquel is departing South Loop’s Acadia for New York. He will be taking over as executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin, the renowned seafood-...
  • 7 up-and-coming Chicago neighborhoods

    7 up-and-coming Chicago neighborhoods
    Affordable living space in popular enclaves such as Andersonville, Logan Square and Wicker Park is rare, so how can young urbanites on a budget determine what neighborhoods are on the cusp of cool? "Look for the halo effect, which is the impact a...
  • The Lucinda Williams concert that almost didn't happen

    The Lucinda Williams concert that almost didn't happen
    Late Saturday afternoon, Chicago nightclub owner Robby Glick received a text from a buddy with some remarkable news: Lucinda Williams, the alt-country musician whose Taste of Chicago set had been rained out, was looking for a place to put on a show....
  • Getting Around: CDOT upgrades to straighten out kinks in bike route

    Getting Around: CDOT upgrades to straighten out kinks in bike route
    Dear Getting Around: You've got mail. Q: What's up with the new bike lanes on Harrison Street, where the lanes bend around State Street (because the east and west approaches to the intersection don't line up with each other)? I see that the city...
  • Brandon Baltzley attempts comeback at TMIP, open July 3

    Brandon Baltzley attempts comeback at TMIP, open July 3
    Ambition on this level is rarely seen in the restaurant world. But if you’ve got nothing to lose, why not go for broke? That seems to be the operating philosophy of one Brandon Baltzley, who I wrote about here, and was later profiled in the...
  • Chicago shop helps jocks rebound from workouts

    Will Neal sat hunched in a circular tub of frigid water, blowing air in and out, just trying to breathe. Behind him, Miguel Blancarte Jr. and Corey Parker reclined side by side, each wearing inflated black boots that rose to their hips, making them look...
  • Veteran thief sentenced to five years in prison for stealing rare Indian guitar from O'Hare carousel

    Veteran thief sentenced to five years in prison for stealing rare Indian guitar from O'Hare carousel
    A thief with a lengthy history of stealing from airport baggage carousels who made headlines earlier this year after stealing a rare Indian guitar from O’Hare International Airport pleaded guilty to theft charges Wednesday and was sentenced to...
  • Catholic school celebrates 10 years with first graduating class

    Catholic school celebrates 10 years with first graduating class
    Laurie Montplaisir knew her daughter's Catholic elementary school, Old St. Mary's, had crossed a milestone when parents at her parish began asking her what they could possibly do to get their preschool children enrolled. Ten years ago, Montplaisir's...
  • Lit Fest authors reflect on books tied to 1985

    Lit Fest authors reflect on books tied to 1985
    In 1985, in a South Loop neighborhood once the hub of Chicago publishing, a group of book lovers started a book fair. Thirty years later, that book fair has grown into Printers Row Lit Fest, the highlight of Chicago's literary calendar. In the spirit of...
  • Sighting: Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger dine with Backstreet Boys at RPM Italian

    Sighting: Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger dine with Backstreet Boys at RPM Italian
    Avril Lavigne and the Backstreet Boys aren’t just touring together. They’re hanging out together as well. Lavigne opened for the Backstreet Boys Wednesday at FirstMerit Pavilion at Northerly Island and then had dinner with husband Chad...