Monthly Archives: August 2009

This Week in Chicago: 3 Great Events

Tuesday, September 1st – Midwest Independent Film Festival

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker. On Tuesday it will be showing the award-winning documentary, “Being Bucky,” which shows what life is like for the Wisconsin Badgers’ well-known mascot. The screening will be held at Landmark‚Äôs Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark, and it will begin at 6 pm. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Wednesday, September 2nd – America: All Better!

The Second City (1616 N Wells) has long been home to some of the best comedy in Chicago, and “America: All Better!” continues that tradition. The show begins at 8 pm, and as usual, it is not recommended for children (those under 10 years of age will not be allowed inside). It’s a great date idea if you’re looking for a dinner-and-movie alternative, so visit their website and grab some tickets!

Thursday, September 3rd – TimeSpace at Adler Planetarium

Take a journey into the universe’s past (a full 13.7 billion years!) and experience the Big Bang, the extinction of the dinosaur and man walking on the moon. Click here to visit Adler’s website and get further information.

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New West and Near West Side Highlighted in Sun Times

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “urban pioneers searching for a new and upcoming neighborhood to settle might want to consider Tri-Taylor West on the Near West Side. The emerging neighborhood of modest Italianate brick row houses and small, single-family homes, worker cottages and modest two-flats is bounded roughly by I-290, Western, Ogden and Kedzie.”

The community is seeing above-average growth because of the proximity it has to the Illinois Medical District, which provides a painless commute.

“The Tri-Taylor West neighborhood is a hidden jewel,” said Nita Snider, a real estate agent with New West Realty, a firm specializing in properties on the Near West Side and other underserved communities. “The Illinois Medical Center District is the largest in the world. About 50,000 people come here every day to serve or be served. So, we’re seeing a lot of workers buying in the area.”

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Single-Family Housing Starts and Permits Rise in July

EGVBecause July was likely the last month to get home construction underway in time for families to take advantage of the government tax credit, it remains to be seen what the housing market will do in the next couple months. Nevertheless, another month of growth is encouraging news.


“Single-family housing starts posted a 1.7 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 490,000 units in July, while single-family permits registered a 5.8 percent gain to 458,000 units. Both of these were the highest levels registered since October of 2008. Meanwhile, multifamily starts tied a record low set in April of this year, falling 13.3 percent to a 91,000-unit rate. Multifamily permits fell 25.5 percent to 102,000 units.”

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Friday Batch of Links

John Hughes passed away yesterday at the age of 59, leaving behind a wife, kids, grandchildren and more than a few iconic films. Hughes wrote and directed some classic movies of the 1980s and 90s (including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and Home Alone) and routinely shot in Chicago’s suburbs or in the city itself, most notably in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He was a talented writer/director and a great man, as these two links illustrate.

Roger Ebert on John Hughes

Heartfelt Tribute to Hughes From His One-Time Pen Pal
Note: This article has a lone curse word in it, and it’s a strong one. But it’s a fantastic and touching piece that really illuminates the kind of man John Hughes was.

Only 10% of Parking Tickets are Contested
But if a parking ticket IS contested, it’s 50% likely to be thrown out!

Gordon Beckham’s hair and relationship status more important than his baseball skills.
The ultra-talented White Sox rookie (and southern gentleman, I might add) is single and looking, ladies!

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