Chicago News Roundup: Google’s deal with the Thompson Center, Billy Corgan’s benefit concert in Highland Park, a paddleboarder’s trip across Lake Michigan

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Google takes over the Thompson Center from the state

Governor JB Pritzker today revealed a restart of plans to save the Thompson Center, announcing that Google would take over the former state office center downtown.

The search engine giant, which has 2,000 employees in Chicago, will occupy the entire building. The state, in a deal involving developer Michael Reschke, will sell it to Google for $105 million. Reschke presented the terms of the agreement at a press conference.

In turn, the state will pay $75 million for the building at 115 S. LaSalle St., formerly the BMO Harris Bank building. Reschke, CEO of the firm Prime Group, will manage a renovation of the Thompson Center for Google.

“The state will own 50% more space on LaSalle Street at 50% less,” Reschke said.

Pritzker said the deal will save money for state taxpayers, certify Chicago’s appeal to the tech community, and revitalize part of downtown. The new deal replaces plans announced in December for Reschke to buy most of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., with the state retaining some space there.

State officials said $30 million from the sale of the Thompson Center would be paid in cash. By acquiring 115 S. LaSalle, the State will own the westernmost tower of a complex of three buildings. The other two buildings use the address of 111 W. Monroe St. and will continue to be owned by a partnership between Reschke and Quintin Primo III, president of Capri Investment Group.

The 37-story building at 115 S. LaSalle contains nearly 592,000 usable square feet, state officials said. They said about 1,800 employees working at the Thompson Center and in rented offices downtown would move there. The state has already centralized about 2,000 workers in a state-owned building at 555 W. Monroe St.

While the state will be responsible for renovating its new home, officials said the cost will be much lower than the projected $148 million, as its share of the work needed to upgrade the Thompson Center, which opened in 1985 but suffered from state neglect as the building aged.

David Roeder talks more about Google’s big move here.

More news you need

  1. The Highland Park July 4 Massacre suspect now faces 110 additional criminal charges after a Lake County grand jury returned an indictment today. Our David Struett has more on the charges here.
  2. Authorities have identified a 15-year-old girl who was fatally shot last night at a Chicago Lawn home as Shaniya Daniels. Although a person of interest was interviewed by police, no charges were announced this afternoon.
  3. A benefit concert for the victims of the 4th of July Massacre in Highland Park will be broadcast live tonight with star performers including Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. The benefit will be presented by Corgan and her partner, clothing designer Chloe Mendel, at their Madame Zuzu’s tea house.
  4. Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus gathered with other abortion and gender equality advocates today to urge council to approve the so-called Body Autonomy Sanctuary Ordinance. Our Fran Spielman has more on the details of the order here.
  5. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was accused yesterday of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ hypocrisy amid revelations that some SUVs driving her received more speeding and red light tickets that did not not been paid. In response, the mayor’s office noted that Lightfoot had “repeatedly stressed” to his security department that “running red lights is never okay.”
  6. A coyote at a nature center in Northbrook will get a bigger enclosure, but activists who fought to move the animal to a wildlife sanctuary say the decision to keep it caged is ‘inhumane’. The coyote, called Rocky by activists, has been at the River Trail Nature Center since 2018.
  7. Chicago will be the first city in the world to experience an interactive attraction that will take visitors into the magical world of Harry Potter spells, potions and Quidditch. “Harry Potter: Magic at Play” is set to open Nov. 11 at Water Tower Place in a 30,000 square foot site that will simulate Harry’s journey into wizardry.

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Disabled paddleboarder crosses Lake Michigan and rewards himself with deep pizza

Paddleboarding in the dark of night doesn’t get any less scary the longer you do it. Mike Shoreman can attest to that.

Shoreman, 39, is crossing all five Great Lakes to raise money for mental health awareness. He just crossed Lake Michigan off the list.

Shoreman left New Buffalo, Michigan, yesterday morning and spent 27 hours on the water, covering 46 miles, before arriving in North Avenue Beach this morning. The city’s skyline and the tallest buildings served as his beacon.

Four years ago, Shoreman was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare condition caused by shingles that left him with facial paralysis, impaired balance, loss of vision and problems with taste, speech, mobility and hearing. Shoreman, who is Canadian, had to learn to walk again and could no longer operate his paddle board business in Toronto.

Paddleboarder Mike Shoreman approaches North Avenue Beach.

Mike Shoreman approaches North Avenue Beach today.

“My parents insisted that I go to a mental health treatment center and it gave me the tools I needed and put me on the path to wellness, and I realized that I didn’t want the kids to feel what I felt,” he said. said.

Shoreman estimates that his body has recovered 80% of the damage caused by Ramsay Hunt syndrome, but problems with balance, vision and facial paralysis persist.

He works with Jack.org to raise funds to implement school mental health programs in Canada. He is also an ambassador for several groups in the United States seeking to promote mental health.

Today a group of local stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts paddled out to meet Shoreman, cheer him on and guide him to shore. Officers from a Chicago Police Department Navy boat did the same.

He fell into the arms of his friend and member of the support team Liana Neumann. He then sat down in the sand and removed the waterproof bags from his feet and took off his socks.

His plans for the rest of the day: “A shower and a deep pizza.”

Mitch Dudekhas more on Shoreman’s journey here.

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Your daily question ☕

What’s the first thing you remember doing on the internet?

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: Where can you find the best Italian beef sandwich in Chicago? What makes it the best?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Al’s Beef on Taylor Street. It’s so juicy and the bread is very fresh and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There is a certain spice in the sandwich which makes it tasty and appetizing. Delicious! And the fries are beyond. —Darr Gapshis

“At Portillo’s!” Hands down, the best ever! When you order it “juicy” it is soaked and wonderful!” —Joy Grizely Libby

“M. Beef on Orleans, but I will not refuse that of Portillo. — Maria Sue Szakmary

“Buona beef. I like mine baptized when they dunk the whole beef sandwich in the juice. —Marion Kucharzyk-Callese

“Al’s Beef, the original on Taylor Street. Their Italian beef is authentic and they cook the beef perfectly. —Maurice Snell

“Vince’s Restaurant & Pizzeria on 63rd makes a killer Italian beef sammitch. It’s very tasty, huge and delivered to my front door. —jimmy davey

“Roma’s Italian beef and sausages on Cicero and Hutchinson. Perfect seasoning makes it the best. —Scott Fricke

“Mr. Beef is clearly the best. This homemade giardiniera pepper topping is the best. I haven’t been there in years as I live in Indianapolis now. But this post is doing it so I have to make the journey. –Jeff Kribley

“Luke is on Jackson and Wells. The mozzarella and the location did it for me. — Brett Burkitt

“Connie’s Pizza on Archer Ave. The beef is very well seasoned and the bread makes a perfect sandwich.” —John Czubaja

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