City's 2016 tech moves

Red Eye Chicago - - Front Page - Blue Sky staff —BEN MEYERSON

Our Big Ideas se­ries took a close look at in­no­va­tion trends tak­ing shape in Chicago as 2016 be­gan. Here’s how a few of them panned out.

Ful­ton Mar­ket In­no­va­tion Dis­trict

The Ful­ton Mar­ket In­no­va­tion Dis­trict in the West Loop, home to Google’s now year-old Chicago head­quar­ters, con­tin­ued to de­velop. New restau­rants con­tin­ued to pro­lif­er­ate, led by buzzy de­buts from Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat and Alinea Group’s Rois­ter. McDon­ald’s an­nounced plans to move its global head­quar­ters to the Ran­dolph Street site for­merly home to Oprah’s Harpo Stu­dios.

But the march of de­vel­op­ment has been a source of stress for lo­cals who’ve been in the area a bit longer, from half-cen­tury-old meat­pack­ing plants to restau­rants and condo-own­ers with a decade or two un­der their belts.


In­side Google’s of­fice in the Ful­ton Mar­ket In­no­va­tion Dis­trict

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