The Columbia Chronicle

Lawn furniture to remain on lawns

By Meghan Keyes

December 13, 2010

While walking down a snowy street in a bustling Chicago neighborhood, one may pass children playing, holiday decorations, snow-covered trees and the occasional lawn chair in a freshly dug parking spot.Chicago’s tradition of “dibs”—using items to save the parking spot you shoveled out—is illegal, although the law is rarely enforced. One Chicago group, Chair-Free Chicago, wants to end the winter system of reservation a...

Future mayor hopefuls debate issues

By Meghan Keyes

December 6, 2010

There are 20 candidates for mayor of Chicago. Half of them attended the first public forum since the filing deadline for mayor has passed.The 10 discussed their campaigns and plans in front of a nearly packed Illinois room at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted St., on Dec. 1.Notably missing from the forum were former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park Dis...

Chicago future home to national museum

By Meghan Keyes

December 6, 2010

The Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry are a few of Chicago’s popular exhibit halls and tourist destinations. In the spring of 2015, a new institution will be added to Chicago’s list of prestigious museums.The National Museum of Health and Medicine and the Buonacorsi Foundation closed on a building at 175 W. Washington St. on Nov. 30. The three-story building will house the Chica...

TIF resolution approved

By Meghan Keyes

November 29, 2010

After being held in committee for 10 months, the Sweet Home Chicago Ordinance is inching its way toward potentially providing $100 million per year in affordable housing development and creating 3,000 jobs during the construction.As previously reported in The Chronicle on Sept. 13, the proposal would designate 20 percent of tax increment financing funds to develop affordable housing in blighted areas. TIF funds are collect...

Restaurant critics take Chicago in secret

By Meghan Keyes

November 29, 2010

The first little red book was published in 1900 as a reference for travelers in France. Today, the Michelin Guide reports on 23 countries and more than 45,000 establishments, including restaurants and hotels.This year marks the first year of a Chicago guide. Anonymous inspectors visit restaurants and hotels in a city multiple times to get a full experience of the place.Jean-Luc Naret, worldwide director of Michelin Guides, sai...

Task force to evaluate permit parking

By Meghan Keyes

November 21, 2010

On an average day in Wrigleyville, free parking is scarce. Meters line the main streets and permits govern the residential roads. During a Cubs game, the chance of finding a free or cheap parking spot is almost impossible, unless you have a permit.Two aldermen have proposed an ordinance to create a permit parking task force that would reevaluate the permit parking system. Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) and Alderman Vi Dale...

Spotlight on Body for 21st year

By Meghan Keyes

November 15, 2010

At The Art Institute of Chicago and Orchestra Hall on Nov. 11, 1990, an audience of 3,500 gathered for the Chicago Humanities Festival, a one-day symposium. Now in its 21st year, the festival focuses on this year’s topic, “The Body,” and the festival expects 38,000–39,000 attendees.“The aim of the festival is to make the humanities experience accessible to as wide an audience as possible,” said Jara Kern, asso...

Art Loop Open announces winner after finalists’ dispute

By Meghan Keyes

November 1, 2010

One hundred ninety-one pieces of artwork created by Chicagoland artists had a shot at a $25,000 first prize awarded to the recipient of the most text messaged votes from Oct. 15 to 28. The finalists were announced on Oct. 22, but after a disqualification and a reinstating for one artist, the top 10 became a top 11.As previously reported in The Chronicle on Oct. 18, Art Loop Open is a competition held in 10 non-traditional ...

Celebrating Chicago’s other fashion scene

By Meghan Keyes

October 25, 2010

The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue is considered the major shopping district of Chicago, a popular tourist destination and location of high-end fashion shops and retail chains. Independent Retail Week wants to change all of that by highlighting fashion off the Magnificent Mile.Independent Retail Week took place from Oct. 16 to 23, showcasing different designers and boutiques in the city. The event was put on by Nolcha,...

Candidates for treasurer focus on cuts, unemployment

By Meghan Keyes

October 25, 2010

Illinois is more than $11 billion in debt, according to Gov. Quinn’s latest budget. It’s the treasurer’s job to invest the state’s funds into worthy investments.Four candidates are on the Nov. 2 ballot to replace current Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias: Robin Kelly, Democrat; State Sen. Dan Rutherford, Republican; Scott Summers, Green Party; and James Pauly, Libertarian.The state treasurer is the banker of Illinois’ finan...

City venues turned galleries

By Meghan Keyes

October 18, 2010

Alongside the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., and the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 10 venues in downtown Chicago are featuring some 200 pieces from local artists in a new art competition.From Oct. 15–28, two rounds of voting will take place, allowing gallery visitors to submit their choices via text message for the prize winners.First place receives $25,000, second $15,000 and third $1...

Candlelight vigil held for recent teen suicides

By Meghan Keyes

October 11, 2010

Members and allies of the LGBTQ community gathered in DePaul’s Lincoln Park quad on Oct. 8 to honor teens who recently committed suicide because of harassment. Attendees held candles and listened quietly to speakers tell their stories and encourage people to action, even when the sound system failed and a megaphone was used instead.Nine people were honored during the vigil: Raymond Chase, 19; Tyler Clementi, 18; Cody Barker, 17; Ha...

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