#LETSGO Cubs, Rahm and Chicago

The #LETSGO Cubs hashtag may read a bit too honest for modern public relations, as in: “The aging baby boomer ‘LETS GO’ of his dream of a Cubs World Series.” The opening night fiasco did, however, highlight urgency of a different kind. The Cubs slick Facebook movie, of course, avoided the bathroom problem that others... Read more »

'Mr. Chicago' Cubs baseball legend Ernie Banks defined grace

The Sports Illustrated cover story on “Mr. Cub” and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Mr. Chicago” title fall short of the essence of why Ernie Banks was important. Yes, number 14 “was — and remains — the heart and soul of the Wrigley faithful,” as SI put it. Yes, the 512 homeruns, including 47 in 1958, were... Read more »

Let Chicago marketplace decide silly debate about early shopping

Lines were not too long to enter Macy’s Thanksgiving night door buster early start at the State Street store. Still, shoppers were out on this chilly evening, and Old Navy was already open in the 5 p.m. hour. There is a silly debate about whether or not stores should be opening Thanksgiving night to get... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne "took on the big boys and won"

Mayoral candidate Jane Byrne was at the corner of State and Madison campaigning the day after Thanksgiving 1978 when I first met her. I was there to do the traditional shopping story for my college radio station, WPGU-FM in Urbana-Champaign. She, of course, was shaking every hand that would accept in search of votes. Our... Read more »

Chicago hosted a world-class social media spectacle

The Discovery Channel Nik Wallenda skywalk at Marina City not only created a downtown Chicago and cable television buzz. It also lit up Twitter. Among the trending hashtags in Chicago were #WallendaWalk, #NikWallenda and #skyscrapperlive (sic). In the more than 90 minutes of anticipation leading up to the first walk, some grew tired watching multiple... Read more »

Nik Wallenda and the daredevil in all of us

In a few hours, “daredevil” Nik Wallenda performs his high wire Discovery television act over the Chicago River. He has said the tall buildings do not “freak” or “stress” him. He is instead “excited” to fulfill a dream. Crowds will look up and on TV – attracted by the danger. Discovery, we are told, will... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins with education goals

Rahm Emanuel’s summer reading goal, 2.4 million books read by Chicago’s kids, might seem like a PR stunt for TV, but the mayor continues to send important themes to educators, business leaders and the world. More than 83,000 students read 2.7 million books. Mayor Emanuel’s challenge in June with Jimmy Fallon is another win, and... Read more »

Wrigley Field 100 Chicago Cubs Ken Holtzman 1969 no-hitter best game ever

The Chicago Cubs have flirted with greatness, but on one afternoon 45 years ago in 1969 at Wrigley Field they had the game. My bias is because I was among 37,514 officially (41,033) recorded in attendance. I had not planned to be at the game August 19, 1969, but my brother offered a ride that... Read more »

Iowa Cubs, road trips and wait until next year

Far from the politics of Wrigley Field renovation, debate about mid-season deals and a long major league road trip for Chicago, the Iowa Cubs and aging former MLB star slugger Manny Ramirez Tuesday battled for first place in Omaha. Minor league baseball is like going into the kitchen to watch sausage being made. Players go... Read more »

Chicago Cubs, runs, homeruns and hope

At the end of play Sunday, the Chicago Cubs have just five wins and 12 losses. I posted the NL Central standings on my Facebook wall in search of sympathy. With April showers soon giving way to green Wrigley Field ivy, the Cubs are already eight games behind the surging Milwaukee Brewers. That’s right, the... Read more »