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Hoods Quiz Dec. 28

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Post the correct answer to today's Hood's quiz to win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Who is May Street named after?

Be first to post the correct answer to win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Arlene Sisoa won the last Hoods Quiz. She knew Lincoln Avenue was rerouted between Lawrence and Leland in 1978.

Tell me about a place in your neighborhood where folks can have an authentic Chicago experience — a special that captures your idea of the essence of our city.

I'll pull together the best of the bunch for a future neighborhoods spread on Real Chicago.

Did you know John C. Reilly, actor/comedian/faux rock star back in the day — when he was just John from Marquette Park?

Well, JCR returned to Chicago for a concert at the Cubbie Bear in Wrigleyville promoting his new movie, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and our intrepid pop culture writer Mike Thomas was there.

If you have a John C. Reilly story from his Marquette Park days, share it with us here.

My Neighborhoods pages were held from today's paper because Tim Novak broke big news broke on the Mayor Daley from — his son Patrick had a secret deal with City Hall. .

So rather than leave you cheated of your Friday neighborhood fix, I posted a tale about how to haggle for a Christmas tree, complete with a warning about tree salesmen and a map of every licensed seasonal tree lot in the city. If your tree lot isn't on the list, you might want to use that information to get a better deal on a tree.

There's also an excellent illustration by Sun-Times in-house artist Guillermo Munro, you just have to see.

So take a read, and post your Christmas shopping (for trees or otherwise) here. It will keep us in the holiday spirit.

See you in the paper next week.

The following is a letter sent by reader Andres Torres.

On the Misguided Attempts to Make Miracles

When Dorothy Gale fell out of Kansas, a “Miracle” occurred. Without a second’s thought to the appropriateness of its landing spot, her house just fell. Miraculously, it solved a great ill in Munchkin Land, and, against all odds, liberated the oppressed. Ms. Gale, however, kept enough sense about her to recognize that this was no miracle, but rather nothing more than a freak accident with positive consequences.

Here's a copy of changes Ald. Eugene Schulter has made to his ordinance that originally would give the city to condemn all the property in the 4800 block of Western.

The folks at Save Lincoln Square say they're still planning a protest at City Hall before Wednesday's city council meeting ...

This just in -- Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) is scheduled to appear on John Williams show at 1:30 p.m. on WGN AM- 720.

Give it a listen, and post your thoughts here.

Breaking news in Lincoln Square:

Bowing to pressure following a community protest and the Sun-Times coverage of his redevelopment plans for the Lincoln Square business district, Alderman Gene Schulter (47th Ward) pulled an ordinance that would have allowed the city to use its eminent domain powers to gobble up the 4800 block of Western.

Schulter's office sent out this statement"

Lincoln Square neighbors — at least the ones who have organized under the banner "Save Lincoln Square — are planning a protest before Wednesday's City Council meeting at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.

Ald. Eugene Schulter plans to forward an ordinance that would allow the city to acquire the 4800 block of Western for private development. They plan to meet at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. meeting to convince aldermen to vote against the so-called land acquisition list.

That's what they were chanting outside Ald. Gene Schulter's 47th Ward office Wednesday night, an impromptu protest of Lincoln Square redevelopment plans.

If you're looking for details about how Lincoln Square commercial strip might change ...

What year was the direction of traffic on Lincoln Avenue rerouted between Lawrence and Leland?

Be first to post the correct answer to win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Do you know someone from the neighborhoods, who ias a real Chicago character? Someone everybody really should know?

Well, what are you waiting for? Tell me about them.

In his prime, they called him the “Mayor of the West Side.”
That was in the 1960s when Lawndale preacher Dr. C. Sugar Hampton had the ear of Mayor Richard J. Daley, and the kind of clout that could get you out of a jam in housing court. These days, Sugar is content trying to bring “more people in church and get them saved.”

It's not just Chicago's poor neighborhoods that are getting hammered by a growing increase in mortgage foreclosures. Wealthy and solidly middle-class neighborhoods — Lincoln Square, Portage Park and Lincoln Park among them —are taking a hit as well.

Check out foreclosures in your neighborhood.

And tell me, how has the mortgage meltdown affected your hood?

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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