Memorial Day Weekend & Parade in Chicago 2013

Before the parade. Quiet State Street. I just left the ABC7Chicago studios for my interview about my book "Joining Forces with Glory." Looking across the street at the Chicago Theatre's marquee announcing the Memorial Day Parade was only a few hours away.
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 started out very exciting for me. At 6:00 a.m., I arrived at the ABC7Chicago studio on State Street to be interviewed Live with Anchor Stacey Baca. The reason for the interview was to promote my book, Joining Forces with Glory, and to talk about what it was like to be an “Army Brat,”... Read more »

Starting to build - Maggie Daley Park

Any guesses?
Gee, I wonder what this could become. Any ideas?

May is Blues Month in Chicago! Preview to the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 6-9, 2013

Deitra Farr and her Band at the Chicago Cultural Center
May is Blues Month in Chicago! which previews and highlights many Chicago Blues Musicians who will be performing at the Chicago Blues Festival, “Rollin’ Up The River,” June 6gh-9th.  Check out CHICAGOBLUESFESTIVAL.US for more details. Today Deitra Farr and several members of her band performed at The Chicago Cultural Center for the center’s lunchtime event.... Read more »
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March and April Maggie Daley Park Pictures

Most of the top soil, about 20,000 cubic yards, has been removed and the fill below it is being removed. The soil is being trucked to Peanut Park which is to the east sided of the Cancer Survivor’s Garden. It will be reused when the garage roof is repaired. Some  of the existing geofoam is... Read more »

Buddy Guy's Send Off from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

Buddy Guy's send off from Chicago to Washington, D.C, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts lifetime achievement award
Before Chicago great Blues Musician, Buddy Guy, headed to Washington D.C. to receive a lifetime achievement award for his lifetime contribution to the Blues at the Kennedy Center, he was given a royal send off from Chicago. The sendoff included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Buddy’s eldest sister Annie Mae Guy Holmes, his brother Sam Guy, and several... Read more »

Grant Park February 2013 pictures

Pictures from my bird’s eye view of the continuiing deconstruction of Grant Park. As you can see, the demolition of the ice skating rink, the stairs, and the tennis courts.
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More January Pictures of Grant Park

Check out the previous posts and pictures of the destruction of Grant Park to the reconstruction of Maggie Daley Park. The ice skating rink and stairs are going, going, gone.

Grant Park pictures January 2013

877 Trees are being removed from Grant Park, the new Maggie Daley Park

You know I just don’t buy this explanation. The removal of 877 trees “were at the end of their lives and their is little diversity of species and the ash trees will be killed by the emerald ash borer anyway. Reclaimed wood from 160 trees will be used in the new children’s play area. Many... Read more »
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More early days of tearing down Grant Park

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    Lisa Renee Guy Mallen

    I grew up as an "Army Brat" and lived in 11 places including two foreign countries in my first 17 years of life. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, my Fairfax High School, VA, sweethheart and I were married. We lived primarily on the east coast, in the MD/VA/DC area and in Pennsylania until we moved to Chicagoland in 1998. We lived in Naperville with our son and two daughters until 2007 when we moved into the city. We always lived in the suburbs and had never experienced city life before. When my husband discovered a condo building was being built right next to his work building, he said we needed to downsize and he needed to give up his daily stressful commute. So, we were able to sell our house just in the nick of time, before the housing market plummeted and move into our new condo unit on the Near East Side. We love, love, love Chicago and the city life! Thinking we'd be "empty nesters," the boomerang trend hit us. One daughter moved back in with us, then the other daughter as well. Now that both daughters have their own homes; our son and his wife have moved in. When our kids were young I read to them all the time. After seeing and meeting several children's authors at their elementary school, I knew that I wanted to write a children's book, too. I researched the publishing industry, wrote down my stories, sent my queries and manuscripts off, and received hundreds of rejection letters. I worked in the children's department of a large bookstore, worked in a preschool, wrote for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the North Hills News Record, the Naperville Sun, Beanie Mania magazine, and for several charity guide books. My first published children's book, "Elton the Elf," was published in 2000 in Canada and 2001 in the U.S. "Joining Forces with Glory," a chapter book for kids was published in 2011, and "Paige Persnickety's Purr-fect Pet," a picture book was published in 2012. I have many varied interests and will incorporate them into my blog. Originally, the deconstruction and reconstruction of Grant Park, now Maggie Daley Park was the basis for this blog. I have a bird's eye view of all the construction going on inside the fences that you can't see from the streets. So, I'll be writing and posting pictures of the evolving park. I'm very interested in the Blues music. I was the legendary musician Buddy Guy's youngest brother, Phil Guy's, manager for 4 years, before he passed. I love the Blues and what better place to be - in Chicago - to hear and see the best musicians. I'm passionate about the military. I love parades, events, restaurants, shopping, festivals . . . the list goes on and on! I'm excited to get this blog started and hear from all of you!

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