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A new view for Wabash Avenue

By Brett Marlow

May 14, 2008

The current scene on Wabash Avenue in the Loop is a bit cluttered. Green mesh lines chain link fences and sandbags lay on hammered, uneven concrete surfaces and on fence ties. Concrete barriers line the sidewalks and close off southbound traffic lanes. Construction workers sit with their lunch pails and white hard hats. Wooden boards lie on top of holes and lead into temporary entrance ways to businesses and schools. The ...

Bottled water tax collects more than $1 million

By Becky Schlikerman

May 14, 2008

The city’s newly implemented bottled water tax has collected $1.5 million in revenue from January until the end of April, said Department of Revenue spokesman Ed Walsh.The money collected from the tax goes into the city’s general funds that provide city services, such as trash collection, Walsh said.Jody Warner / The ChronicleFrom January to April, the 5-cent tax on bottled water has collected $1.5 million, according to Ed Walsh,...

Cubbie inconsistency

By Derek Kucynda

May 14, 2008

After securing a spot in the playoffs last season, it seemed the Cubs were poised for major league greatness.However, the Cubs suffered a disappointing loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks during their last playoff game. This year is different for the Chicago Cubs for a variety of reasons. For starters, 2008 is exactly a century after the Cubs won their last World Series title. Ex-Cubs pitcher Mark Prior is gone and a variety of ...

Scoop in the Loop: Bye, bye blues—hello happy times

By Brett Marlow

May 14, 2008

While sitting on the curb of Milwaukee Avenue last weekend waiting for a table at a popular brunch spot, I was reminded how summer has been my favorite time of year in the city. And, if the forecast is right, the season has just begun.The winter is when I’m engrossed in books, fixated on a computer screen and in a fixed mindset: school, work, school, work, school, work and “Oh my God, it’s cold.” But, summer is the ti...

Sox to be ’em

By Miles Maftean

May 14, 2008

Since the Major League Baseball’s opening series in Toyko on March 25, viewers have seen some very exciting game play through both the National and American Leagues.In Chicago, baseball lovers are divided between rooting for the White Sox or the Cubs. Both teams show signs of smart baseball playing and continue to stand in the top two spots of their divisions.As of May 9, the White Sox ranked in second place in the Americ...

Taste of Chicago to offer healthier food option

By Brett Marlow

May 14, 2008

At this year’s Taste of Chicago, some menu items of more than 70 local restaurants will be a little less indulgent and little more nutritious.The Mayor’s Office of Special Events has required participating food vendors to add a more healthy option to their selection at the Taste.Cindy Gatziolis, spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, said the office has been noticing a more calorie-conscious trend in...

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