Abuelito Albert

Abuelito Albert
  And there will come a point when you are reduced to a series of numbers and letters that you’ll wish you didn’t understand. 550. Sugar level. Normal is 80-110, they say. The culprit is the infection. G12. 7th row from the bottom, 12th spot over. Your “niche” as they call it. The pricey drawer in which an urn will... Read more »

What's Happening to Streeterville? -Part 2

  If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have never believed it.  My former neighborhood–Streeterville–which had once felt to me like a giant backyard (albeit, with a myriad tourists weaving in and out of it)–was now filled with people who felt like strangers. Hostile. Some in cars–bumping the bass. Others, the majority,... Read more »

Dismantling Chicago--One Name at a Time

Dismantling Chicago--One Name at a Time
A few years back, there existed an online newspaper called “ChitownDailyNews(dot)Org”. This piece ran there. In light of this week’s atrocity (the Santa Fe Building becoming the Motorola Building), I decided to dust it off and re-share it. Yes, I’m a bit biased. I worked in the Santa Fe Building for a couple of years–and... Read more »
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What's Happening to Streeterville?

  I’ve lived in several Chicago neighborhoods the past 10 years. Lincoln Park. Old Town. Wicker Park. Ravenswood. Pilsen. Hyde Park. Streeterville. My favorite–and the one to which I want to return– is Streeterville. Plain and simple, there is nothing that compares to the beauty of the juxtaposition of water and architecture in this downtown... Read more »

Chicago For First-Time Visitors

Chicago For First-Time Visitors
So, talking about Chicago is one of my favorite pastimes. Big surprise there, right? So when a friend says something like, “I’m going to Chicago for a couple of days. What should I see?”, I get just a little bit… giddy. It happened twice this week alone. Here is a typical email I’d send to a... Read more »

Thank You, Mr. Bradbury.

Thank You, Mr. Bradbury.
  “Well, he felt sorry for boys who lived in California where they wore tennis shoes all year and never knew what it was to get winter off your feet, peel off the iron leather shoes all full of snow and rain and run barefoot for a day and then lace on the first new... Read more »
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Chicago Through A Child's Eyes (Part I)

Chicago Through A Child's Eyes (Part I)
  In a couple of weeks, I’ll get to see my Chicago again. This time, I’ll get to see it through the eyes of my 6-year old nephew Joshua.  It’ll be Joshua’s first plane ride. And his first visit to Chicago. Yes, I will show him tall things galore and a whole lot of water.... Read more »

To Californians, An Apology

To Californians, An Apology
  This is what happens when you meet a Chicagoan. Or rather, this is what happens when you meet a fellow Chicagoan–who is no longer living in Chicago: You drop what you’re doing. Your eyes bulge. Maybe you drool a little. The two of you begin to converse in an alternate universe while onlookers smile... Read more »

Liz is "In a relationship" with Chicago

Is it possible to love a city too much? Or rather, is it possible that I love Chicago too much? Flash back with me to a day about five years ago. When I parked alongside the road, off of Pacific Coast Highway, and attempted to strike a deal with God. “God, if you let me... Read more »
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I Left My Heart...in Chicago.

Can you make it out? This boat, docked in San Francisco, is from my beloved Chicago...
  Confession: I am profoundly envious of the people who get to hang out on sailboats during summertime.  Especially those traveling up and down the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan. Blasting their radios. Beer in hand. All smiles. Sparing a wave for those of us drooling along the Riverwalk as we watch them. Anyone... Read more »