Alleyway to Heaven
Location: 1527 N. State Parkway
For most residents of our fine city, hanging out in this alley used to be the next best thing to rummaging through God’s trash. Located on the ass end of the Cardinal’s sprawling residence in the schmancy Gold Coast ‘hood, this alley is composed of Nicholson-paving-style wood blocks. Over time, the blocks had fallen into disrepair and needed to be restored. At one point, it was looking like the whole alley was going to get torn up, but fortunately the neighborhood’s residents had the clout to successfully pull off a restoration for a cool $400,000. I definitely did not expect that from monocle-sporting plutocrats who made their money by giving investment advice to rat-race types with huge mortgages.