Chicago News Roundup: St. Ignatius Hockey Player Recalls Half-Strike Team Bus, Chicago’s ‘Antique Skyscrapers’ Get Their Dues and More


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An injured St. Ignatius hockey player recalls a “crash, bang” from a half-strike team bus in Indiana. “We all stayed together and prayed”

Colin McGrath was resting on his friend’s shoulder on the St. Ignatius College Prep hockey team bus Saturday night after a tournament in Indiana.

“All of a sudden I heard a crash, a bang, and I passed out,” said McGrath, a player on the school’s junior varsity Wolfpack team.

A tractor-trailer had rammed into their bus as the team was returning to a hotel after dinner in Warsaw, about 80km south of South Bend. McGrath woke up on top of his friend, broken glass was strewn everywhere.

“I picked up my friend and a pedestrian came to open the emergency door for us,” he said. “After that it was just a matter of walking, panicking, getting out and figuring out what was going on and getting everyone to safety.”

McGrath was seated in the back of the bus, near where the truck hit him.

“If I was one row behind it would have been much worse,” he said.

Sixteen students were injured and three of them were taken in “very critical” condition to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, police said.

McGrath suffered a dislocated shoulder and a swollen jaw, he said. His left arm was in a sling when he returned to class Monday morning, wearing his Wolfpack hockey jersey.

The accident has happened around 8 p.m. on Saturday. The school’s junior varsity hockey team had competed in a tournament at the Culver Military Academy. Felony DUI charges were pending against a semi-driver who police say ran a red light and crashed into a bus carrying 23 students and two hockey coaches.

One of the seriously injured students was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening, school spokeswoman Kristyn Hartman said Monday. Two other students were expected to remain hospitalized for an additional three to five days, she said. Ten other people on the bus were not injured, police said. All were taken by another school bus to Kosciusko Lutheran Hospital, where officers notified their next of kin, police said. The students are between 14 and 17 years old. Seriously injured players will need more surgery for internal injuries, McGrath said.

McGrath was eager to leave the hospital and reunite with his team.

“I didn’t want to be there because I wanted to be with my teammates. We all stayed together and prayed,” he said.

David Struett and Allison Novelo have more about the terrible accident here.

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  2. Cook County prosecutors today asked for more time to decide whether to prosecute R. Kelly on sexual abuse charges involving four Chicago-area women. The next hearing in the case has been set for December 13.
  3. Mauyak, a female beluga whale who had lived at the Shedd Aquarium for a quarter of a century, has died, aquarium staff have announced. “She was a very independent, extremely playful whale and a caring mother to her young,” a Shedd official said.
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Photographer and historian team up for unique portraits of Chicago’s ‘antique skyscrapers’

They are domed or recessed or crenellated, like castle towers. With illuminated clocks or fierce griffins or flying buttresses. Urns and eagles, liberty ladies and neon signs.

In Chicago, there’s the azure blue of the American Furniture Mart, whose storefronts seem to float against a perfect summer sky. Or the white top of Mather Tower, a reminder that the top four stories began to crumble and were cut down, only for the city to finally force the owner into a replacement helicopter. The shimmering golden crown of the Carbide and Carbon Building.

Chris Hytha, a 25-year-old photographer from Philadelphia, simply calls them “Highrises” on his sleek online project featuring stunning high-res photographs stitched together from drone close-ups of highrise buildings across the country. Historian Mark Houser calls them “antique skyscrapers” and covers them in his 2020 self-published book, “MultiStories: 55 Antique Skyscrapers & the Business Tycoons Who Built Them.”

Not just a valentine for beautiful old structures, the book is a scholarly attempt to blow the dust and see them again – and the book put Houser on Hytha’s radar.

Using a drone, Chris Hytha takes detailed photographs of old skyscrapers. How many of these Chicago landmarks can you recognize? Top row, left to right: Tribune Tower, Mather Tower, American Furniture Mart, Steuben Club. Second row: Reliance Building; 333 N. Michigan; Chamber of Commerce; Carbide and carbon building. Third row: United Methodist Church, Hotel Intercontinental, Jewelers’ Building, Palmolive Building. Bottom row: Pittsfield Building, Wrigley Building, Administrator System Services Building, Monadnock Building.

The two teamed up and visited Chicago in August and knocked down 16 buildings. While Hytha was fascinated by their image, Houser focused on their story.

“We don’t appreciate these iconic buildings being disruptive high tech,” Houser said. “They radically changed every city in America, not just Chicago and New York.”

Hytha sells her photos in a variety of ways: as “architecturally annotated prints”, 13 x 19 inch images including information Houser unearthed, signed limited editions of 100 for $100 each. In group posters for $20 or iPhone wallpaper for $10.

The big money, however, is in NFTs, non-fungible tokens – digital collectibles that have rocked the art world. Since April, Hytha has sold 65 skyscraper NFTs, for around $500 to $1,000 each. Although, as with all NFTs, they also trade on a secondary market, where these unique, non-repeatable sets of code have sold for five to ten times what Hytha offered them.

Neil Steinberg has more with Hytha and Houser here.

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Your daily question☕

Based on architecture/design, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Tell us why.

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

On Friday, we asked you: what’s your favorite hidden gem in Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said…

“The Captured Submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry. My absolute favorite exhibit in Chicago! If you haven’t been there since third year, it’s time to go back! — Vana Kikos

“OZ Park, there are all the statues there. Of course, my favorite, the lead man, is just around the corner. — Debra Marlin

“The National Museum of Mexican Art is definitely a gem. Good time to visit too. Is one of my favorites. — Catherine Eret Kinder

“Manny’s Deli, the best pastrami and corn beef sandwiches~” — Kathy Juarez

“The Martin Luther King skating rink and bowling alley at 76th and Racine. The only one of its kind in Chicago. An oasis of peace and fun in a troubled area.” — Timothy Thomas

“Maggiano’s Little Italy. Absolutely wonderfully delicious. — Karla Cashen

“The lodge on the division.” — larry parham

“Phoenix Garden at Jackson Park.” — Nicky Weiner Swank

“Intuit: the center for intuitive and raw art.” — Jane Borton

“Seminary Co-operative Bookstore – stacks and stacks of fine books on the south side. And the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond on the north side – a great place to read a book. — Craig Barner

“Jimmy’s Hot dog stand on Grand and Pulaski.” — Ricki Della Bianca

“Pizza from Pequod. The best I’ve ever had. — Micha Kieren

“For me, 63rd Street beach on summer afternoons by the drummers.” — Klever Coleman

“Belmont Harbour.” — Maureen Roda

“JuJu’s vintage. I would live in this store if I could. — Nicole Boylan

“North Island and 12th Street Beach.” — Sarah Villegas

“My favorite hidden gem in Chicago is the Peace Garden in Buena and the Lakefront Trail – it has gardens, a statue, a water garden, and a small waterfall in the warmer months.” — Gene Tenner

“The William W. Powers State Recreation Area at Hegewish. It’s nice!” – Guillaume Helmcke

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