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Lonely at the Top

It’s been a renter’s market in downtown Chicago since the late 1980s. Even prestige addresses cut deals to attract tenants. And what building has the most vacant space in the city? Sears Tower. Five years after Sears Roebuck fled to Hoffman Estates, the world’s tallest building is still one-quarter empty. That translates to more than […]

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22 Clark

Two women–one tall, one short: very quietly, and almost unnoticed, they sneak through the rear door of the number 22 Clark Street bus about a block or two south of Belmont. This small feat is accomplished by taking advantage of the exit of two very old, very slow-moving men, both sporting battered Atlanta Braves caps […]

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Dining Out

The man enters the Wiener’s Circle, the hot-dog stand at Clark and Wrightwood, with more than just a hint of bravado. He opens both of the double doors in a wide, sweeping motion and plants himself firmly in the center of the doorway. After looking at the upper and lower perimeters of the doorway twice, […]