A new committee put together by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to find new uses for land currently held by two local coal-fired power plants -- Fisk and Crawford -- slated to close in the next two years.
In 1976 a cardinal of the Catholic Church named Karol Wojtyla visited Chicago. That was minor news. When he returned three years later, the whole city knew he was in town.By 1979 Wojtyla had become John Paul II, the first Polish pope.
The towering brick buildings that cluster around where Cermak Road crosses the Chicago River in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, on the city’s near Southwest Side, once hosted everything from cloth manufacturers to food warehouses.There’s still an industrial feel in the area, with barges floating up a