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Why I didn't sue the City of Chicago

“Sue the city of Chicago” said my acquaintance. “Why not just sue ‘em!” Why not indeed. Flashbacks to the early 1990s in Westport CT, a.k.a. Beverly Hills East, when the local weekly newspaper headline told the tale of a kid suing Nintendo. What grounds? The game hadn’t lived up to little Richie Rich’s expectations. Oh... Read more »

Ode to the Plastic Shopping Bag

Chicago’s very own Grant Park Music Festival appears to have a new member of the percussion section. The man in the paid seats–and it has always been a man recently–who gripped his plastic shopping bag in his lap continually rearranging it. Throughout the concert he opened and shut it, scrunching and scratching the crackling noisy... Read more »

The Best of Chicago Theatre; Sting New Musical "The Last Ship" Explodes to Life

Last night Chicago had the opportunity to see a spanking-brand new musical explode into being when the testosterone-fueled The Last Ship began previews. With music and lyrics by Sting, a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey–the still-in-preview show has damn fine bones. Musically Sting sampled a variety of musical styles, creating a body of work that had... Read more »
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Rebrand the Polar Vortex to the Chicago Vortex; a Doctor Who episode

If the Polar Vortex is going to move into Chicago this winter, long enough to pay property taxes and vote–I want to re-brand it to the Chicago Vortex and copyright it! Then the City of Chicago could charge for the use of the copyrighted word in the news and weather to pay for the snow... Read more »

Why Hotel Beds Do Not Equate Development in Chicago's South Loop

Chicago is on road to a stupidly, ill considered development at McCormick Convention Center in the DePaul Basketball Arena and hotels. The City powers want it because DePaul connected-types want it because the City powers want it because the DePaul connected types want it–ad infinitum. Meanwhile the silent majority in the neighborhood, like lambs to... Read more »

CTA and Ventra Crap on Chicago's Mass Transit Riders

As Chicago goes spiraling down the rabbit hole into the nightmare “new and improved” Ventra; it feels like CTA and Ventra crap on Chicago’s mass transit riders. What sort of pigeon-brained idiot thought this was a good idea? Does the expression “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” not resonate with those in suits or... Read more »
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The World Series of Cities; NYC versus Chicago

What if there were a World Series of Cities? Given America’s provincial focus, would it pit two American cities like NYC versus Chicago? Having just returned from a 9-day visit to New York City during which we rented a flat near Times Square through the still reliable airbnb.com,  I couldn’t help but to compare my two homes.... Read more »

My Guardian Angel in the Number 8 Jersey is called Eddie

On Labor Day I invited my darling neighbor and her two, tall, very tall and mature 6th and 8th grade daughters to the Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning temporary exhibit, Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity. With my membership card in hand, the four of us breezed in to spend a couple of hours drooling on the... Read more »

Things that make you crazy; or how why it is better to crack up than crack down

Life’s  conundrums. So many little questions that arise day in and out. Questions of why, how come and what the hell was that for? Take calling Customer Service of Fill-in-the-blank company. I dial. The disembodied voice answers with the usual BS including my personal favorite, ”We at Fill-in-the-blank company value your call. Please enter your account number... Read more »
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The Sensuous Sensation of Paper; Newberry Library Book Sale

I’m a cheap date. Just give me a good book, my glasses and enough time like Burgess Meredith in the Twilight Zone episode pleaded for, and I’m a happy camper. So what joy it was to learn the Newberry Library Book Fair is coming up soon; on July 28-31 at the Newberry Library located at... Read more »
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    I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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