Well, finally it became a reality. The Village of Cicero finally got things straightened out as to how the shuttered Sportsman's property was going to be used, and final demolition started. The big picture below is the last day before the wrecking ball started in on the grandstand, and the gallery shows progress throughout March and April.
The Chicago Tribune had a little photo spread as demolition started.
A local photographer got in and took some nice pictures just before demolition.
Some photos of demolition prograss out the back of Hawthorne, March and April, 2009.