Whole Foods to close Englewood store: Chicago news summary April 29, 2022


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Englewood Whole Foods will close after just 6 years in the neighborhood, leaving few healthy options

Whole Foods Market plans to close its Englewood store after opening the grocery store to much fanfare just six years ago.

The Englewood store along with another in the DePaul University Visitor Center in Lincoln Park are among six stores the grocery chain plans to close nationwide. The company did not specify closing dates, saying stores will close in the coming months.

When Whole Foods came to the neighborhood six years ago, it helped fill a food void in the desert by providing access to fresh, healthier foods.

Residents now have access to an Aldi Market and Go Green Community Fresh along the same block.

With relentless pressure from then-mayor Rahm Emanuel, Whole Foods agreed to open the Englewood store in 2016 when residents of the impoverished South Side could afford to shop there.

The project depended on an $11 million municipal grant for site preparation, which also required the extension of a tax increase funding district expiring while the money was “transferred” from a TIF next to.

Aldus. Jeanette Taylor (20th) said she knew from the start that Emanuel’s big experiment wouldn’t work. She acknowledged that the closure will only expand a food desert that deprives area residents of healthy and affordable shopping choices that include fruits and vegetables.

The announcement of the store closings comes just two days after Whole Foods opened a nearly 66,000 square foot store at 3 W. Chicago Ave. in the One Chicago skyscraper. It replaces a store at 30 W. Huron St.

Cheyanne M. Daniels and Fran Spielman have more on the shutdown here.

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  1. Police have charged a man with fatally shooting his wife Wednesday morning at the Brickyard shopping center in the Montclare neighborhood. Beloved mental health specialist Jennifer Hamilton, 47, had issued an emergency restraining order against her husband just over a week before her husband shot her five times, it was claimed today county prosecutors today.
  2. Former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak has been released from prison again, five months after reporting to a federal medical center in Minnesota, records show. Vrdolyak’s lawyer had cited the 84-year-old’s “spiraling health issues”, reporting that he spent two weeks in solitary confinement after reporting to FMC Rochester from Minnesota.
  3. A program that strives to create a pathway for southern suburban high school students to learn the electrical trade is receiving federal funding of $500,000. Run by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134, the training program is for students in Thornton Township Secondary School District 205 and Thornton Fractional School District 215.
  4. The Michigan Avenue building leased to Neiman Marcus has a new owner, reports our David Roeder. While some details are undisclosed, the circumstances of the sale indicate the luxury goods retailer intends to stay. Those who follow the fortunes of the Magnificent Mile feared that Neiman, like Macy’s, would give up the street.
  5. Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper looks beyond Chicago’s gloomy weather and channels the warmer times with his new 2022 summer movie preview list.From “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” to “Lightyear,” “No” and more, these are Roeper’s 15 most anticipated films heading our way.
  6. If you could paint a nightmare, it might look like the mural you’ll find down the alley in the 1300 block of West 18th Street. In the latest installment of our ongoing series of murals and mosaics, artists Michelle Huang and Mario Mena explain that’s exactly what they were aiming for.

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‘Moment of my life’: Cubs’ Willson Contreras shares court with younger brother William

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras wiped away tears after hugging his younger brother William at home plate before the first pitch yesterday. And his eyes filled with tears again after the game when he recounted that moment.

“It was the time of my life, believe me,” Willson said. “…I still remember those times when we were growing up together at home, just dreaming of being signed by someone. And I cry because of the work we put in to get to where we are.

The Contreras brothers shared a special moment Thursday as they traded their respective teams’ roster cards ahead of the Cubs’ 5-1 loss to Atlanta. It was the first time the brothers had gone against dugouts in their professional careers.

Atlanta had recalled William from Triple-A before the series finale with the Cubs. William, who at 24 is five years younger than Willson, made his major league debut in 2020.

“I thought the best way to make my parents proud was to take the [lineup] cards together,” Willson said.

So after securing the leadership of their two teams on board, the Contreras brothers took the roster cards to home plate last night, their last names stretching across the backs of their opposite-colored jerseys as they stood in the arms.

“It’s really special to me because of everything we’ve been through to get to where we are right now as a family,” Willson said. “Nobody knows how hard the road is to get to the big leagues. And having my brother play against me is just special. I try to set an example for him to follow. And that’s what makes me proudest.”

Maddie Lee has more on the moment here.

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Yesterday we asked you: what is one way to be a good neighbor?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Think of everyone in the neighborhood, not just yourself. Be aware of noise levels and treat other people’s property better than you would your own. —Monique Lavalais

“Talk to them before calling the authorities for an alleged violation.” — Carol Ann Kathrein

“Don’t let your pets run loose or, when on a leash, relieve themselves in other people’s yards.” —Beverly Brown

“Help shovel the snow during Chicago’s eight-month winter.” —mike walsh

“Help clean up where you see no one lives. The block is a reflection of all of us. —Tina Hammond

“Help each other and respect each other. I must say that I like a lot of my neighbors. They have been there for me through the worst and the best times. I appreciate each of them. —Angie Dreksler

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