Chicago Pride Parade Attendance In Numbers

by Tony Mazzarri

The Chicago Pride Parade has been an LGBTQ institution in the city for nearly 50 years. According to data provided by Chicago Pride Parade, attendance has risen sharply since 1985. That year, 35,000 people attended. 5 years later, in 1990, attendance nearly tripled to 100,000. By 2000, that number would triple again to 350,000.

Fast forward to 2014, and the numbers of attendance have risen to over 1 million, becoming one of the largest LGBTQ pride parades in the world. For the estimated numbers of attendance for each year listed, click the chart below.

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Chicago’s Kitchen Nightmares – 20 Restaurants That Failed Health Inspections

by Tony Mazzarri

Chicago has a reputation of being one of America’s great food cities. However, for all of the great eateries this city has to offer, there are also those which have failed the city’s health inspections for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, these often tend to be for disgusting reasons. And in some cases, the violations committed are completely avoidable.

According to the City of Chicago’s data portal, close to 34,000 health inspections have been failed. Here is a map of 20 restaurants which failed health inspections in recent years according to the City of Chicago’s data portal available at data.cityofchicago.org.


Transit Oriented Developments: Helpful or Hurtful?

by Tony Mazzarri & Christianne Lariosa

The corner of Clark Street and Belmont Avenue was once a city block in Chicago’s Lakeview area similar to many others in the neighborhood. Low-rise two story structures built decades ago contained a hookah lounge, an Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant, a lingerie shop and a Dunkin’ Donuts, among other businesses that came and went over the years.

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10 High-Rises That Will Change Chicago

The northern half of the Chicago skyline, with construction cranes rising above the nearly-completed One Bennett Park (Photo by Tony Mazzarri)

Chicago is a city that is seeing a continuously-growing skyline. In the last few decades, there has been an increase in construction in and around the downtown area. The neighborhoods are becoming more dense, and the buildings constructed end up changing the entire city’s skyline as they continue to rise. Currently, we are experiencing a construction “boom,” one which is also seeing some of the tallest buildings being constructed in nearly a decade, and one which is also seeing the city’s skyline and high rises expanding west and south, beyond what we typically consider Downtown Chicago.

Here is a map of ten high rises proposed and under construction that are going to change the skyline for both the city and the individual neighborhoods they’re located in, as well as changing what goes on at street-level.

Map by Tony Mazzarri. Information on high rises from Curbed.com’s list of 47 high rises under construction in Chicago and Curbed.com’s article on the One Chicago Square proposal.


Google Trends: North Korea

By Tony Mazzarri

In the past year, relations between North Korea and the United States have been anything but positive. Tensions have particularly flared in the last few months, as a war of words between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump escalated to the point of name-calling from both leaders and one attempting to engage in what some might call nuclear button envy.

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Practice Story

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org. It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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