WBEZ | closing http://www.wbez.org/tags/closing Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Photographer captures the last days of Evergreen Plaza http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-06/photographer-captures-last-days-evergreen-plaza-107533 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0662.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Chicagoan Katherine Hodges&#39; <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherineofchicago/" target="_blank">Flickr stream</a> is one of my favorite destinations on the website.</p><p>Using the name &quot;Katherine of Chicago,&quot; she has an eye for capturing empty, lonely and semi-loved urban place&mdash;not to mention odd signage, overlooked spots and dead shopping malls.&nbsp;</p><p>The Plaza, formerly the Evergreen Plaza mall, closed last week. Most of the 61-year-old shopping center at 95th Street and Western Avenue will be demolished and replaced by a new mall. I figured Katherine and her camera would make her way there before they shut the doors and soft-soaped the windows. In the photo above of the ghostly escalator and the ones below, Katherine captures the last days of one of the first shopping malls in America. We&#39;ll take a look. But first, a quick email Q&amp;A:</p><div><strong>Q: Dead and dying malls and retail spaces are often the subject for your work. What&#39;s the attraction?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>A:</strong> I&#39;d been interested in abandoned buildings, inside and out, for some time before I got into retail. And I suppose I find dying malls and stores an equally compelling example of places that aren&#39;t considered useful anymore. Downtown shopping districts were often replaced with shopping malls which were often replaced by big-box stores, and all have been struggling.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Q. What were your impressions of the Plaza during your visit?&nbsp;</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>A:</strong> I never went to it in its heyday, only in the last few years, so I don&#39;t have anything to compare it to. It had a lot of security&mdash;unusual for dead malls&mdash;and some customers, though by the May visit most stores were nearly closed. By the time I&#39;ve gotten to the older malls, almost everything from the 1950s or 60s has been drastically remodeled.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Q. How long have you been doing this? I&#39;m also impressed that you use public transit to get around.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I got into photographing malls through obsessions with certain chain stores that were often in or near malls, such as Borders&mdash;and visited most of their Chicago-area stores as they shut down&mdash;and from finding <a href="http://notifbutwhen.com/">Brian Ulrich&#39;s photos</a>, the <a href="http://deadmalls.com/">Deadmalls.com</a> site, and other people into retail history. I do get to most malls by Metra/bus/bike in Chicagoland and buses in other cities. Shopping malls are safe and comfortable places to walk inside but can be dangerous to get to as a pedestrian or cyclist!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0069.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0696.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div><strong>Q. What&#39;s next for you?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Continuing to visit and shoot abandoned buildings, signs, trains, retail, as well as newer projects like documenting older bars and diners&mdash;generally capturing anything interesting before or as it disappears.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-06/photographer-captures-last-days-evergreen-plaza-107533 Daily Rehearsal: Chicagoan wraps it up at the Golden Globes http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-17/daily-rehearsal-chicagoan-wraps-it-golden-globes-95594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-17/AP120115095719.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Profiles Theatre has big news today</strong></span></span>; it's announced that it will have the American premiere of Neil LaBute’s <em>In a Forest, Dark and Deep </em>AND that the production will open at their latest theater space, The Main Stage, which used to be owned by National Pastime. On the first bit of news: The production opened last March in London starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams, and will run in April at Profiles.<em>&nbsp;</em>LaBute’s previously schedule&nbsp;<em>The Break of Noon</em>&nbsp;will be postponed until next season. On the second bit of news, Profiles is swiftly taking over the world; this will be their third space, and second in the building on Broadway. LaBute said that the play "means a great deal to me and I wanted it to find a home in the states that can give it all the attention and dignity that it deserves. I've been extremely happy with my relationship to this little powerhouse of a theater...."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-17/AP120115095719.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 207px; height: 300px; " title="Co-composers Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost at the Globes (AP/Mark J. Terrill)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Former Chicagoan Julie Frost <a href="http://www.juliefrostmusic.com/2012/01/17/highlight-2/">made it big this weekend</a></strong></span></span>, appearing onstage at the Golden Globes with Madonna as they shared the award for Best Original Song for the pop star's new movie <em>Masterpiece</em>. Frost was a former teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music and has written lots of the songs by artists you just cannot get out of your head (cough: the Black Eyed Peas) and others you're happy to keep there (Beyonce). Congrats Julie, you're a rockstar.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Wild Claw's new show <a href="http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com/"><em>Kill Me</em> has an intense poster</a></strong></span></span>, designed by&nbsp;Charlie Athanas. Intense name, intense poster.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. After 128 performances,&nbsp;<a href="http://broadwayworld.com/article/CHINGLISH-to-Close-on-Broadway-January-29-2012-20120116#"><em>Chinglish </em>will be closing </a></strong></span></span>on Broadway on January 29. That's a record that's better than some shows could have dreamed, but probably fuels the fire of those who thought it was just too much of a jump for the show to go straight to Broadway from the Goodman.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Podcast yourself to death</strong></span></span> with a final dispatch from Sketchfest by way of&nbsp;Jason Heidemann, who<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/15082553/jason-heidemann-interviews-warm-milk-audio"> interviewed&nbsp;Warm Milk</a>, the Chicago sketch and improv group who are currently running their show <em>Stranded </em>at the Annoyance.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-17/daily-rehearsal-chicagoan-wraps-it-golden-globes-95594 Illinois treasurer disagrees with Quinn's prison closing plan http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-treasurer-disagrees-quinns-prison-closing-plan-92964 <p><p>Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Friday he disagrees with Governor Pat Quinn's handling of potential state prison closings. This week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/arbitrator-rules-against-quinns-plan-layoff-state-workers-close-facilities-92750">an arbitrator ordered</a> Quinn to cancel his proposal to lay off state employees and close several facilities.</p><p>But Rutherford, a republican, said the democratic Governor needs a long-term plan for shutting prisons and a mental health facility.</p><p>"I think that a press conference on a Monday at 10:30 saying that you're going to close seven state facilities, without having a plan in place, causes a great deal of concern for the local communities where those facilities are based," said Rutherford, "a great deal of concern for the employees working for those facilities, and a great deal of concern for the residents of those facilities that are being serviced, whether they're an incarcerated person in the prison, or those with developmental disabilities."</p><p>Rutherford said he thinks some prisons could be adapted into other state-run facilities, like drug rehab centers or nursing homes, because the property is already an asset the state owns, with trained employees.</p><p>"I believe that Illinois should put together a strategic, long-range plan on how to deal with these types of institutions. If we have an institution that is archaic, does not fulfill the mission it was tasked with from the beginning, then let's plan towards it."</p><p>Quinn said this week he's willing to consider re-allocating money to avoid a prison closing. However, he's resistant to borrowing cash to do so.</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 22:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-treasurer-disagrees-quinns-prison-closing-plan-92964 Global Notes: Chicago reggae club 'The Wild Hare' to close after 25 years http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-04/global-notes-chicago-reggae-club-wild-hare-close-after-25-years-86060 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-04/gessesse photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On May 15, The Wild Hare, one of Chicago’s few reggae-only music clubs, will shut its doors after 25 years. Owner Zeleke Gessesse is moving back to his native Ethiopia, where he’s building a Wild Hare in the capital, Addis Ababa. Jerome McDonnell, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/radio-m" target="_blank"><em>Radio M</em></a> host Tony Sarabia and Zeleke reflect on some of the club’s legendary performances.</p></p> Wed, 04 May 2011 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-04/global-notes-chicago-reggae-club-wild-hare-close-after-25-years-86060