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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, June 22

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The Daley administration, in a surprising shift of thinking, may now be considering movie theaters for the contentious spot of vacant land in Chicago's Loop known as Block 37. According to Crain's Chicago Business, movie theaters had been specifically excluded from the original plans as Daley did not want to return to the theaters that had occupied the land in the 1960s and 70s that became "seedy magnets for drugs, gangs and other criminal elements."

Since 1991, the block has been the summer home of Gallery 37, a job-training program in the arts for youths aged 10-21 and sponsored by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs.

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