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Google has added Chicago to the short list of cities it's considering for "an operations center that could include administrative, research, support and other personnel for Google," according to Crain's Chicago Business. Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas are the other cities that Google is reportedly seriously considering for the new office, which is expected to add between 1,000 and 5,000 new jobs. "They're looking for something big and off of the West Coast," a source told Crain's. [Crain's Chicago Business]
Political strategist David Axelrod has been a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for so long that maybe he can get away with saying things to Emanuel that others cannot. Appearing on Emanuel's podcast, Chicago Stories, Axelrod, a native of New York City, reminded the mayor that he's not actually from Chicago either, but from the North Shore. "Hey, that's getting close, buddy," the mayor told Axelrod. [Tribune]
City Colleges of Chicago has an offer from a developer to sell its Loop headquarters for $34.5 million. The developer plans on converting the building at 226 W. Jackson into apartments. The board of trustees is expected to approve the offer in a meeting Thursday. The administrative workers who currently work in the building would be deployed to individual City College campuses. [Tribune]
The Obama Presidential Center has responded to public concerns and is scrapping its plans for an above-ground parking garage on the Midway Plaisance. The announcement was made Monday just hours after more than 100 University of Chicago members voiced their opposition to the center taking up land in a historic public park, according to Curbed Chicago. The parking garage is now set to be built beneath the museum in Jackson Park, but public opposition to building the center in Jackson Park remains. [Curbed Chicago]
The historic Wrigley Mansion in Lincoln Park was recently sold to a new owner for an undisclosed amount of money (it was listed for $4.9 million), and Town & Country has posted pictures and the history of the incredible nine-bedroom 1896 home. It was even once considered for use as the official mayoral residence. "The mansion is magnificent," listing broker Anthony Disano told the magazine. "It's hard to believe it's 120 years old and in immaculate condition with most of the original woodwork intact." [Town and Country]
GreenRiver, the lone Chicago venture from Danny Meyer's New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group, is set to close January 24. The Michelin-starred restaurant opened with plenty of buzz in September 2015, but some patrons found its location inside Northwestern Memorial Hospital difficult to locate. [Eater Chicago]