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I finally understand why Mayor Emanuel agreed to let Northwestern University tear down Prentice Hospital.

But if I tell you, you’ll have to promise to keep it under your hat. Because it’s part of a still-secret plan the mayor’s people are working on, for a great big something that’s going to put Chicago on the global map.

And not as the place where you’ll get gunned down in the street.

Ready? It’s going to be a festival!

(Or, as it appeared under Recommendation 27 in the city’s new cultural plan: “A large-scale major cultural festival that attracts global attention and highlights Chicago’s renowned cultural assets and heritage.”)

What kind of festival?

As best I know, an architecture festival!