Wicker Park hotel operator, Durbin's Ukraine Report, Guzzardi crushes Berrios, Your New Blue begins, Chicago Fire continues, Raw Draw....more!

Grupo Habita is the hotel operator for Wicker Park's new North West Tower complex

Grupo Habita will be operating the new hotel complex in the North West Tower Building at North and Milwaukee Avenues by Damen Ave., as revealed during the Chicago Planning Commission meeting Thurs., Mar. 20 in the City Council Chambers.

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Durbin returns from Ukraine in a.m. and delivers briefing at Ukrainian Cultural Center mid-day...and Update

Dick Durbin, Illinois' Senior Senator, addressed a large crowd hosted by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Division at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave., just hours after returning from the Ukraine on Sun., Mar. 16.

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Will Guzzardi wins mightily over incumbent Antonia "Toni" Berrios

Will Guzzardi captures 5.245 (60.66%) votes versus 3,402 (39.34%) for incumbent Antonia "Toni" Berrios, daughter of Joseph Berrios, Cook County Assessor and head of the Cook County Democratic Party Joseph Berrios, in the Primary Election on Tues., Mar. 18.

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Reminder: CTA Blue Line temporary station closures until August start NOW

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line station closures for the Your New Blue project begin this week.

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"Chicago Fire" crews will be continuing to shoot in Bucktown

NBC (National Broadcasting Company) announced that they are renewing both Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season, meaning that Bucktown streets will continue to see film crews.

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Community Alert: Wanted for Attempted kidnapping / Luring of youth in Logan Square 14th District - Shakespeare Station

An 11-year-old male and a 9-year-old male were walking in the 2900 block of W. Cortland Ave. on Wed., Mar. 19, at approximately 3:30 p.m., they encountered an older black male on the sidewalk.

As they walked past, the man pointed to a parked white van and asked them if they wanted to get in. The victim's told the subject no and continued to walk westbound toward Humboldt Blvd. and proceeded home safely.

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Community Alert: 12th Chicago Police District residential burglaries

An increase in the Chicago Police Department's 12th District during March has prompted this alert.

These incidents occurred at various hours of the day.

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It's Retro: Get your draw on and win "Raw Draw" contest by Intuit

Have an Ipad or Iphone? Then Raw Draw is for you. You can participate in a fun retro game that could make you a winner in a contest being put on by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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TSA gives tips about air travel with knives

Knives, even credit-card-sized knives, are not allowed as carry-on on an airplane. They are, however, allowed in checked-on baggage. The same is true for Kubotan, a self-defense keychain.

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Heuchera and hope spring eternal as equinox arrives

Just as we thought it might never happen again, green is emerging from the ground in Chicago, and it is not last year's plastic plant pots or shards of green glass from a Guinness bottle! Furthermore, snow isn't covering it…at least not yet.

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St. Patrick's Day: Saints, Leprechauns, pots of gold, the Blarney stone and statistics

This year everyone started being Irish on Friday and it will last til the last hangover is conquered on Tuesday.

But what is St. Patrick's Day about anyway?

There are three ways to look at the celebration that occurs each March 17th: As a religious celebration, as a fairy tale or as an opportunity for amazing statistics.

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