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Fashion ranking puts Krakow over Chicago

Chicago didn’t crack the top 25 for fashion cities in one annual survey, but at least New York continues to trump Paris, Rome and Milan for No. 1.

The Global Language Monitor, which tracks words and phrases used in media and online to create a list of the most influential cities in fashion, placed New York ahead of Rome, then Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo. Los Angeles was No. 7, with Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Singapore rounding out the top 10.

The list from 11 to 25 includes Berlin, Sydney, Barcelona (Spain), Shanghai, Melbourne (Australia), Moscow, Bangkok, Mumbai (India), Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Krakow (Poland). The list doesn’t go beyond 25.

It’s silly to think Chicago is a global fashion leader no matter how highly we think of ourselves. Even in North America Toronto and Montreal would be way ahead. But it’s surprising to instead see some of these Asian developing nation cities like Mumbai on the list. This list wasn’t about slighting Chicago but we were offended nonetheless.
[via Chicago Tribune]

West Side man shot near home

A West Side man was fatally shot near his home early Saturday, police said.

The incident happened at about 2:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Central Park Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright.

The victim was identified as Brandon Woodard, 20, who lived on the same block where the shooting occurred, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. in Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago teen gunned down in front of home

Chicago police search for the gunman who shot and killed a teenager overnight.

Alejandro Calderon, 19, had just returned from a barbecue at a friend’s house when, witnesses say, a group of people drove up in front of his Southwest Side home and fired two shots.

Calderon was hit in the head by a bullet and later died at the hospital.

While police say the shooting appears to be gang-related, Calderon’s family says he was not a member of any gang.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Inn at Chicago Magnificent Mile Tries To Shed Its Past

The 357-room Inn of Chicago, formerly under management by Best Western, has reopened after a renovation, as an independent boutique hotel. The hotel is now known as the rather cumbersome Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile. New features include a poshed-up lobby, InnBar lounge, reappointed guest rooms and bathrooms, and the creation of 58 executive guest rooms, There is also Lavazza Caf downstairs for coffee and snacks.

[via Luxist]

Chicago Man Shot To Death Outside Home - Promising Young Boxer Fatally Shot In Chicago Lawn

A 19-year-old resident of the Chicago Lawn community and national Silver Gloves boxing champion was shot to death near his Southwest Side home in an apparent gang-related incident early Sunday.

After returning about 2:15 a.m. from a family barbecue, Alejandro “Alex” Calderon sat on the front porch of the family’s home in the 3300 block of West 60th Place. He, his brother and a friend waited for his sisters husband so they could head to the back yard together.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Aurora Man Shot, Reportedly Killed

AURORA, Ill. — A 27-year-old Aurora man died shortly after arriving at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in the western suburb, police said. Police are investigating the Sunday shooting death of Renee Saldana, according to an Aurora police release.

About 3 a.m., Saldana was shot several times in the 500 block of 7th Avenue, but when police arrived on the scene, they received a call from Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora in regards to a gunshot victim that was driven to the hospital, the release said. A 22-year-old acquaintance drove Saldana to the hospital in a full-size conversion van, but he succumbed to his injuries soon thereafter, the release said. Saldana, of the 7200 block of Eola Road, was shot in the arm and torso area. Officers found shell casings in the area of 7th Avenue and Hinman Street, the release said.

[via NBC5.com]

Police warn about counterfeit cash being used in Chicago’s south suburbs

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) - Police in Chicago’s south suburbs are warning merchants to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after dozens of fake bills have turned up in area stores.

Since July Tenth, three fake $100 bills and one fake $50 bill have been found in Oak Lawn. And in recent months, more than dozen fake $100 bills have been used in Tinley Park, Matteson, Chicago Heights, South Holland and Homewood.

[via WQAD]

9 at back-yard party wounded by shotgun fire

[via Chicago Tribune]

9 hurt in gun attack at party

Marcelino Perez never had a big birthday celebration before.

But as about 50 people were dancing at the party in a South Chicago backyard early Saturday morning, someone shot into the crowd. In the end, nine partygoers went to the hospital — including Perez’s wife and six members of his extended family.

Perez, a Mexican immigrant, held the party at a residence he owns in the 8700 block of Escanaba, a few doors down from his home.

Around 9 p.m., partygoers heard shots ring out and some saw men shooting at each other nearby. Police were called, but the shooters fled. The party continued into the night, and attendees — around 200 people, including dozens of kids — were urged to stay in the backyard.

About 1:30 a.m., witnesses said, someone started shooting from the alley into the backyard party.

“It was like a massacre,” said Latress Young, 33, who was shot twice in the arm.

Police said it’s not gang-related.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Ex-Bull robbed at gunpoint

Curry is 2nd NBA star targeted in month

Former Bull Eddy Curry was robbed at gunpoint in his southwest suburban home early Saturday, less than a month after fellow NBA star Antoine Walker was victimized in a similar attack in Chicago.

Curry, a 6-foot-11-inch center for the New York Knicks, was at his Burr Ridge mansion with three family members and an employee when the home invasion took place around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Burr Ridge Police said in a statement. Three armed offenders wearing masks bound the 285-pound Curry and the other victims with duct tape and then fled with cash and jewelry.

Curry is the second Chicago-area Knick to become a crime victim. Twenty months ago, Quentin Richardson’s brother was shot dead in a robbery at his Chicago home.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Subprime pain spreads into office market

“The downturn in the residential sector has spilled over into the commercial side as the mortgage lenders, title companies, real estate and mortgage brokers shut down or downsize,” said Doug Shehan, a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield Illinois Inc.

Over the past several months the contraction of these firms has kept vacancy rates high, rents modest and building sales uncertain, he said.

“It’s changed the landscape of the suburban markets dramatically,” Shehan said. “Now, what will be the next industry to absorb the space?”

With job growth slowing in the metropolitan region, the answer might be a long time coming.

Indeed, by midyear this 25 million-square-foot submarket, which also includes Rolling Meadows, Itasca and Hoffman Estates, had at least 19 percent of its offices vacant.

The space give-backs reflect the contraction of several real estate-related companies in the Schaumburg area and elsewhere. So far this year Schaumburg-area firms have laid off at least 1,500 employees, according to state records.

Throughout metropolitan Chicago, job growth fell 27.5 percent for the 12-month period that ended in May, to 44,200 jobs from 61,000 a year earlier, according to research done for the Tribune by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Shooting outside home in Chicago suburb leaves 2 dead, 3 wounded …

ELGIN, Ill. A shooting outside a home in this Chicago suburb left two people dead and three others injured, authorities said Friday.

Julian Mascote, 18, and Francisco Franco, 21, both of Elgin, died after being shot late Thursday, police Sgt. Sean Rafferty said.

The five were shot while standing outside the Mascote familys home on the 300 block of North Street on Elgins east side.

Thursdays shooting was the areas fourth gun-related case in recent weeks, police said.

[via San Diego Union Tribune]

Macy’s plans new bid to win over shoppers

The chain from New York unveiled a swath of marketing initiatives on Thursday aimed at attracting more customers to the Macy’s State Street flagship in Chicago, its second-biggest department store, after New York’s Herald Square, and a place many shoppers have avoided since it changed its name from Marshall Field’s in the fall.

From domestic guru Martha Stewart decorating the Great Tree in the Walnut Room for the holidays to Macy’s in-house designers reviving the Field Gear clothing label, the programs attempt to tap into the iconic store’s Chicago history.

Yet, the upbeat effort comes as Macy’s notified employees at its North division, made up of former Field’s stores, that it will cut the range of wages and commissions for some sales associates starting in August and offer voluntary severance packages for those who choose to leave. Macy’s officials declined to be more specific but said the pay model at the former Field’s stores is outdated and out of line with the other Macy’s divisions.

It is working with the Chicago History Museum to create a special store exhibit highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Tiffany Ceiling, Great Clock, Walnut Room and Great Tree. A Macy’s lounge is set to open in early August for Macy’s Platinum and Elite credit card holders with a coat check, refreshments and wireless Internet connections. And the store is drawing on the Joffrey Ballet to make the Nutcracker its holiday window theme.

It has been a tough week for Macy’s in Chicago. The Chicago Department of Public Health shut down the State Street store’s food court on Monday, the first closing at that location in at least a decade, according to the city’s records.

Then, just as the store was closing at 8 p.m Wednesday, a man plunged eight stories to his death in the flagship’s center atrium.

[via Chicago Tribune]

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