About 150 firefighters responded when flames engulfed a 92-year-old church on Chicago's South Side.The Shrine of Christ the King Church is just south of the University of Chicago in the Woodlawn neighborhood.The multiple-alarm fire started about 6 a.m.
Vacant industrial buildings dot the Midwest and swallow up chunks of some neighborhoods. But instead of blight, one Chicago man sees opportunity. All this month, we’ve been reporting on empty places. It reminded me of a man I first met last year, when I reported on brownfields.
I took a photostroll recently through a section of South Shore.The neighborhood has a wealth of fine residential and pre-war commercial architecture that goes largely unsung--at least by many of those who aren't from the area.
Travel through some parts of the South Side these days. The emptiness is startling.The void is particularly noticeable along the Metra Rock Island line. I take this line daily between downtown and my house.
(photo by Lee Bey) I was driving through Jackson Park a few days ago and spotted--as I have for years--the 30 foot tall goddess of gold watching over the park as she has done since 1918. Even though she's had a little work done here and there, the old gal looks pretty good for