Lincoln Park development – the next scene in the show that never ends

In Lincoln Park, new construction on almost any scale, large or small, is a process that’s akin to a multi-act multi-scene drama.

The process, like all primitive forms of theater, involves highly ritualized dancing and storytelling. Audience participation and aggressive stereotyping make for a good show – if it’s one you haven’t seen too often before.

The next scene in the long-running saga of redeveloping the Children’s Memorial Hospital site, pictured above, will begin next Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center, 2250 N Sheffield.

Alderman Michele Smith’s email heralding the event had the imperious tone that seems to come so frighteningly easily to Chicago politicians:

I am immediately directing McCaffery Interests, the developer of the Children’s site, to prepare a plan that responds to the community’s concerns raised about their earlier plan, chief among them height and density. We have given them a deadline, November 21st, to bring new plans to the community and have scheduled a community meeting for the presentation of these plans.

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.

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