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  • Chicagoan

    Off topic, but did anyone see the Chicago episode for Parts Unknown yesterday? I tried to go to the event at Begyle, but they sold out pretty fast. Love that show.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    You could have made your comment on-topic by mentioning that Begyle is a block north of the Irving Park Brown Line stop.

  • Chicagoan

    Great point, I’ll re-phrase:

    Did anyone take the Brown Line to Begyle and attend the Parts Unknown event? I’m curious to hear how the Chicago episode was received!

  • So the new Vista Tower by Studio Gang is definitely breaking ground this summer, and part of the project is connecting up a top-level street grid (and walkable sidewalks) from the currently-disconnected cul-de-sac that all those residential towers between Millennium Park and the river are on, to Upper Wacker Drive.

    Possibly grist for an article. Certainly makes northward commuting from those towers, NOT in a car, much less freaking annoying.

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