It looks like a long time pariah of North Halsted Street is finally going by the wayside - and none to soon for many in this neighborhood. Seems that the transient hotel was recently sold and in housing Court the new owner's attorney announced that the hotel would be emptied of residents and completely gut-rehabbed.
The hotel has long been a sore spot in the side of neighborhood residents. They and the local alderman welcomed the transition.
With the upgrade to the north side Red Line stops comes new signage for the Argyle stop - no branded with a large "Asia on Argyle: sign in bright red and posts of green, red, yellow and orange.
Time will only tell if the sign has the intended effect of attracting customers to area business.
Opening this summer at the corner of Devon and Broadway in Edgewater is a unique new Starbucks made from re-purposed shipping containers. Concept photos provided by Starbucks are above. The company got the neighborhood and the Alderman's green light to go forward. It will be interesting to se if the concept for this drive-in only shop works. What next.... a Dunkin Donuts in a 747???
Today's Chicago Tribune article reports the tragic news of deaths in Rogers Park due apparent carbon monoxide poising. CO2 is a silent killer and can tragically kill in a matter of minutes without the occupants knowing there is any problem. CO2 can accumulate for many reasons - including a faulty furnace, block exhaust, etc. Tragically, for one family in Rogers Park, awareness and prevention against this common risk come too late.
Let this event teach us all the importance of appropriate detectors. Get them and install them. f you have them already, make sure they are functioning properly. Change batteries routinely. Also, be aware that some detectors have a limited lifetime and require replacement after a period of time. Don't let a tragedy like this strike again.
Watch out if you use a credit card to make purchases.Starting yesterday, merchants can now charge you up to a 4% "surcharge" to swipe your card when you make a purchase. On a $500 purchase, that's another $20 you will have to pay. It will be interesting to se which merchants actually begin to assess the fee. You should know that the fee does not apply to transactions completed using a debit card. Also, any merchant that wants to impose the fee has to make sure you know about it first by posting conspicuous signage in the business location, at the check out and on your receipt.
Be on the lookout!