West Loop

The company is adding 100 jobs to its West Loop headquarters, but the city’s crime is making recruiting talent difficult, McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempczinski said Wednesday.
The chain is leasing locations in and near the Loop, taking advantage of available space to expand its brand here.
Chicago Area Runners Association received $25,000 to fund free 5Ks and neighborhood running clubs formed in honor of Ahmaud Arbery.
The Chicago City Council this week will consider an ordinance meant to crack down on drag racing and drifting.
A visit to Ferrara candy company headquarters in the Old Post Office.
Both projects sailed through the panel and go to the City Council, although one drew debate about its architecture.
Open for more than 30 years and loved deeply by the hundreds of regulars who showed up Wednesday for one last bite, the site is the proposed home of an eight-story residential building.
The mural featuring a seascape in Greece lines a now exterior wall of what was once the Pegasus restaurant. The site is slated for a mixed-use building with luxury units in the rapidly developing West Loop.
Joaquin Mendoza thought he wouldn’t live to see his 57th birthday. He not only survived but was the toast of honor at a West Loop party emceed by the Illinois state comptroller.
While the city hasn’t set rules for public pot consumption, the event’s organizer insisted it was a private, invitation-only affair and thus “100% legal.” The rapper Afroman was listed as the headline attraction.
After months on the sidelines, Mayor Lori Lightfoot jumped into the fray over the weekend, trying to bring the two sides closer together. It didn’t work, and now the mayor sounds almost resigned to a referendum.
The new station would improve connectivity to the Illinois Medical District, Kinzie Industrial Corridor, Fulton Market, the United Center and educational institutions.
“We have a lot of land. Before that door closes, I would ask you to do everything in your power to look at what options there are to keep them here that could be an economic driver for parts of our city that could use it and it could work,” said Ald. Harry Osterman.
The iconic Irish brewer plans to open a beer house and brewery in the former Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal Building, 375 N. Morgan St., in the Fulton Market area.
75 refurbished bikes donated by Working Bikes Chicago found their way to children ages 2 to 10 at the West Loop event.
“Today is the day that fast-food workers like me have fought for with a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears,” McDonald’s employee Adriana Alvarez said at a rally outside the company’s West Loop headquarters on Thursday.
The $95 million project would include apartments and maybe a hotel, but the alderman says community review is needed.
Mari Katsumura is “taking time to focus on personal needs.”
The Chicago Department of Transportation also reported 171 probably emergency room visits because of e-scooter accidents during the 2020 pilot — down from 2019’s 192 accidents.
Ever, Moody Tongue and Porto — two of them achieving two-star ratings — join 21 others on Michelin Guide’s 2021 list.
Rev. Tom Hurley first joined the parish as associate pastor in 2003 and became senior pastor in 2007.