Week Links: March 16, 2012
- Chicago’s version of New York’s High Line Park is going to be a reality. Exelon, CNA, and Boeing have donated $7 million to make the linear park known as the Bloomingdale Trail happen. It’s part of Mayor Emmanuel’s big push to improve neighborhood parks.
- Speaking of neighborhood parks, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that hizzonor is going to spend $290 million on new and improved parks across the city. In essence, he’s acknowledging that the previous administration did a good job of cleaning up downtown, and now it’s time to give more attention to the rest of the city.
- If you’ve ever been through the increasingly hazardous process of renting an apartment in Chicago, you know it can be tricky. Web sites you trusted during your last search are now engaging in questionable tactics to stay in business, and Craigslist… well, let’s not even go there. The good news is that our friends over at YoChicago have just launched their own apartment finder service called YoRents. If you’re not familiar with the growing Yo empire, the guy who runs it is a real hard ass who doesn’t take crap from anyone — especially real estate scammers. He’s a former lawyer, so he knows exactly what is and is not legal and likes nothing more than to expose fraudsters on his web site. On the web site he describes YoRents as “online speed dating for renters and landlords” and promises it will be as legit as legit can be. But I’m not sure why I had to find out about it from his web site. How about a press release next time, yo?
- The Chicago Tribune reports that the Fullerton Avenue bridge over the Lincoln Park lagoon will be rebuilt, starting Monday.
- Crain’s Chicago Business brings word that the Parc Huron (469 West Huron Street) has been sold for $110 million.
- Trib also has an article about a design team being chosen to revamp Navy Pier. But don’t get excited that one of the fantasy designs presented earlier this year might get built. Those were not fiscally reasonable.