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Potential Trouble for the Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago is broad shoulders and big bellies and Italian beef sandwiches and Old Style and the woeful Cubs and thousands of other interesting things that can be found nowhere else. (The Sears Tower. The Art Institute. The river. You know.) One of those things is, at least for now, still the Chicago Cultural Center, a longtime city landmark housed in a grand old building smack in the middle of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. The “at least for now” part, which you probably wouldn’t expect in regard to an institution that’s lasted for more than a century, is a sadly necessary addendum for a few reasons, notably the recent death of Maggie Daley, wife of former mayor Richard M. Daley and a perpetual champion of the Cultural Center. The Emanuel administration is making some changes to the city’s investment structure, and the Center has lost its cafe, its gift shop, and its lunchtime concert series. (FULL ARTICLE: Reid Singer, Blouin ARTINFO)