Two local links for today:
* Crain’s has a new Market Facts 2007 online. The interactive skyline view is particularly intriguing.
* Chicago Magazine posted its depressing “How Bucktown Got Boutiqued” timeline (written by Rebecca Little). Since it was published, BCBG signed for the space next to Marc Jacobs. At least they’re not displacing any other retail shops — the space is in a loft which had an elevated first floor, now lowered to ground level in a pretty tasteful way.

The SSA received an encouraging response to its planning RFP, so we might have some good ideas on how to fight back against the chain invasion soon.