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Nolympic Dreams: Six months after the 2016 heartbreak, what’s the legacy of would-be glory?

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Photo: Sam Feldman

By Sam Feldman

In the architectural renderings, twenty-one high-rises line the south lakefront amid rows of orderly green trees. A newly built pedestrian bridge arcs over the Metra Electric tracks and Lake Shore Drive to connect the shimmering high-rises to the lakefront attractions, which include a new fountain, amphitheater and swimming pool. On the side of each high-rise is visible a symbol that’s slowly sliding from ubiquity to oblivion: the Chicago 2016 logo.

In real life, the scene by the Metra tracks in Bronzeville couldn’t look much different. There’s no fountain, amphitheater or swimming pool, no sleek new bridge to connect the city and the lake; instead of the rows of trees there’s a mostly empty parking lot; and instead of the Olympic Village, there’s a thirty-seven-acre deconstruction site. All that remains of Michael Reese Hospital’s thirty buildings are a few ruined hulks, several as-yet-untouched buildings, and numerous piles of rubble with demolition vehicles posed victoriously overhead. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers

1 Jennifer Hudson
A triumphant performance of the National Anthem before the Super Bowl showed epic strength in a time of great personal tragedy.

2 Pat Quinn
New governor…good luck!

3 Mayor Daley
All twenty-six Olympic sports federations approved the city’s plans for competition venues, an integral part of the bidding process.

4 Robert Gamez
The Chicago policeman was lauded for saving the life of a man suffering from a heart attack at Midway Airport.

5 Ron Huberman
The head of the CTA was appointed to lead Chicago Public Schools…good luck!

This Week’s Biggest Losers

1 Rod Blagojevich
In a unanimous vote, Blago was officially booted from office.

Joey “The Clown” Lombardo
The “Family Secrets” trial mob boss was sentenced to life in prison.

3 Barack Obama
The president took heat after his Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle was called out on failing to pay $140,000 in back taxes.

4 Drew Peterson
The infamous Bolingbrook man was dumped by his 24-year-old live-in girlfriend Christina Raines. Awww…

5 Richard Dent
The Bears great was denied admission into the NFL Hall of Fame.