(Published July 31, 2019)
The Shedd Aquarium announced Mauyak (MY-yak), a 38-year-old beluga
whale, gave birth to a healthy calf on July 3. The entire birth, from the
emergence of the baby’s flukes to complete delivery, took 33 minutes. Both
mother and calf are progressing well and will remain under 24-hour observation
by Shedd’s animal care team for several months.
Shortly after the birth, the calf swam to the surface and took its
first breath, assisted and supported by an attentive Mauyak. The two then began
to swim together and bond as Mauyak guided the new arrival around its home. The
sex of the calf has yet to be determined. Animal care staff members estimate
the calf to be approximately five feet long and weigh about 150 pounds.
Primark fashion opens first Midwest store in Chicago
Primark is planning to bring its “Amazing Fashion at Amazing
Prices” to the Midwest for the first time.
International retailer Primark in July announced it will open its
first store in the Midwest in Chicago. Primark has signed a lease with The
Georgetown Company for 35 N. State St., the largest lease on State Street since
The company has not announced an opening date yet. The location is
a former GAP store.
Primark will take over the entire 45,000-square-foot building and
trade from 36,200 square feet of retail space over three levels. Before an
opening date is announced the iconic property is undergoing a complete
renovation tailored to fit Primark’s specific needs, including modernization of
the exterior and complete interior remodeling.
Located at the intersection of State and Washington Streets, the
location is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, entertainment options,
cultural institutions and world- famous landmarks. The neighborhood has long
been known as one of the top shopping destinations in the United States.
“Primark has been searching for a Midwest location as part of the
company’s continued expansion into the United States,” said Tom Meager,
Property Director for Primark. “We are fortunate to have found and secured such
an impressive location in the heart of the vibrant Chicago market.”
“We recognized an amazing opportunity with the State Street
corridor as one of the most sought after retail destinations in the country,”
said Adam Flatto from Georgetown. “As one of the fastest growing retailers in
the United States, Primark is a perfect fit for the building and will be a
welcome addition to a popular list of neighboring businesses in the
Founded in 1969, Primark is a leading fashion retailer
headquartered in Ireland. Primark offers a diverse range of the latest trends
in women’s, men’s and children’s wear, homeware, accessories and beauty
Chicago police report string of thefts in Michigan Ave. stores
According to a warning police issued in July, several groups of
young people are targeting Michigan Ave. retail stores for thefts.
The thefts began in early June, spanned through early July, and
were committed in stores in the 400 block of Michigan Ave. According to a news
release, in each incident, multiple offenders entered retail stores, loaded
merchandise into bags, and exited the store. The offenders fled on foot. In all
eight incidents, the thieves worked in the afternoon or evening and the thefts occurred
on weekends and on weekdays.
The police have made no arrests, though the suspects include
one-to-six African American adults, ages 18-25 and one-to-three African
American women, ages unknown.
Chicago police urge store owners to keep records of property
serial numbers and call police immediately if they are victims of theft and to
give officers good descriptions of the thieves.
Woman sexually assaulted following theft on Randolph Street
A woman had her phone snatched and was then sexually assaulted on
Randolph St. between 3 and 3:40 a.m. on July 9.
According to Chicago police, a 27-year-old female was waiting at a
Red Line platform at State and Lake when an unknown black male took her phone
and started running.
She chased him down the street and eventually to the 100 block of
East Randolph at which point the offender ran into an underground parking
garage stairwell. The victim followed and the offender sexually assaulted the
victim in the stairwell, and then fled on foot.
No one is in custody, though police describe the suspect as black
man, 25-35 years old, wearing long black dreads and, at the time, a red or
black hat, a black t-shirt, black pants, black shoes and a dark, multi colored
backpack.The victim was transported to Northwestern in stable condition.
Police are investigating the incident and meanwhile urge residents
to remain aware of their surroundings and if confronted by an assailant to
remain calm and never pursue a fleeing assailant.
Carr Workplaces raising funds for education
Carr Workplaces, 200 E Randolph St. 5100, a New Eastside short-term
shared workspace, is raising money to help disadvantaged students.
According to a news release, Oliver Carr Jr., founder of Carr
Workplaces, has long sought to address poverty through education. In 2012, Carr
created Rising Stars, a private foundation that raises money for schools who
provide superior education to children with difficult backgrounds.
The company’s annual backpack drive raises funds for Rising Stars
and all donations are donated to schools to help cover the cost of tuition for
a child of limited means.
Through August, anyone can donate to risingstars.org to help pay
for someone’s education.
Three people assaulted on Washington St.
According to the Chicago Police Department, two people were
stabbed and another person was hit July 6 at 11:25 in the 100 block of E.
According to a police report, one black man and one black woman
approached three victims, talked with them and then stabbed two and hit the
other person. The offenders then ran off.
The police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the
attackers. The male is about 6-foot or 6-foot-one-inch tall and has dreads
while the female wears her hair in a braid.
If anyone is a victim, police recommend calling 911 immediately
and if anyone has information about this incident they should call the bureau
of detectives at 312-747-8380.
Cirrus releases new interior renderings, expects to break ground
In late July, Cirrus developers began to stage the construction
site for the proposed 47-story condo unit. This included installing barricades
and fencing, though the groundbreaking is not scheduled until September.
At present, pedestrian traffic will be diverted, though the
project will not yet impact vehicular traffic.
Even so, LendLease, one of the developers, released some new
interior renderings showcasing the views from several of the planned 363
The units will range from 650 to 3,000 square feet and will be
priced anywhere from $400,000 to $4 million and will include one-to-four
bedroom plans and two townhome residences at ground level and 15 penthouse
units on the top floors.
Pre-sale for the 211 N. Harbor Drive units started in April, and
according to LendLease, sales have been healthy. The Cirrus development will
later be joined by two other units. All three buildings are designed by New
Eastside’s bKL Architecture.
City council passes stricter drag racing, drifting penalties
In the last week of July, the Chicago City
Council passed Alderman Brendan Reilly’s drag racing and drifting ordinance,
which will increase the fines for drag racing and drifting to at least $5,000
to no more than $10,000 per offense.
The ordinance also establishes a $500 fine for
operating a motor vehicle with an altered muffler within the City of
Reilly has been working with the Chicago Police
Department and the Chicago Department of Transportation to combat the issue of
dangerous drag racing and drifting on Lower Wacker Drive.
According to a press release, Reilly believes
that his new ordinance will help deter drivers from partaking in this illegal
behavior, and will assist the Chicago Police Department in combating this
The ordinance will take effect on Sept. 28.
Grant Park Music Festival to close with Mahler’s
The 85th season of the Grant Park
Music Festival, led by conductor Carlos Kalmar with chorus director Christopher
Bell, concludes in Aug. 17 at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The
season closes with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, featuring the award-winning
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus with guest soloists.
Until then, all concerts take place on Wednesday
and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Concerts on
Aug. 2 and 3 move indoors to the Harris Theater during Lollapolooza. The
complete Grant Park Music Festival schedule is available at gpmf.org.
conducts the final weeks of the festival beginning with Mozart’s Prague
Symphony (Aug. 2-3) featuring violin soloist Vadim Gluzman in a performance of
Grant Park Orchestra returns to the Pritzker Pavilion with The Mambo Kings,
known for their explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation,
for Hot Latin Nights (Aug. 7). The week concludes with the rarely performed A
Mass of Life (Aug. 9-10) by Frederick Delius featuring soprano Melody Moore,
mezzo-soprano Ewa Plonka, tenor Andrew Staples, and bass-baritone Nathan
final week at the Grant Park Music Festival includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s famed
Flight of the Bumblebee, Aug. 14, from his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Amy
Beach’s Variations on a Balkan Theme, and Morton Gould’s Cowboy Rhapsody.
can order one night member passes for reserved seats, starting at $26, by
calling 312.742.7647 or going online gpmf.org. and select a seat down front in
the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Membership support helps to
keep the Festival free for all. For every Grant Park Music Festival concert,
there are seats that are free and open to the public in Millennium Park’s Seating
Bowl and on the Great Lawn, available on a first-come, first-served basis.