Posts tagged "Chicago"

The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don’t mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it’s okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation... Read more »

Recipe for Chicago Park District online enrollment success

Recipe for Chicago Park District online enrollment success
Some people use their fast clicking skills to buy concert tickets right when they are available online. As a parent, I do the same thing with Chicago Park District online enrollment. Certain classes like gymnastics fill up quickly, so I need to be ready to click right when enrollment begins. I’ve been waitlisted before, and... Read more »

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power
Playwright and actress Sarah Pitard remembers her interactions with the Chicago Police Department and wonders how they relate to news stories about police brutality across the United States. These are her words, which she calls “The Chicago Misogynistic P.D., a Prototype of Urban-American Policing.” One day, coming home from rehearsal in Chicago, a man tackled... Read more »
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The Squirrel Truth is out there

I first heard about Squirrel Truth when my husband was listening to Mike Pesca’s The Gist podcast. Ben Larrison was talking about buying silly ads on the CTA’s Red Line, and my ears perked up. I ride the Red Line. I like silly things, particularly those involving squirrels. I immediately began looking for Squirrel Truth... Read more »

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago
I was at a bookstore browsing Halloween books and spotted A Halloween Scare in Chicago. I was instantly drawn to it since my kids really enjoy books that feature the city. (Our favorite is Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, which I highly recommend.) Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed with A Halloween Scare in Chicago although I... Read more »

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns
Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, “City of Big Shoulders.” The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses... Read more »
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The magic of a good neighborhood

Saturday was the opening of Maddiebird Bakery in Edgewater. The opening was a must do since we know the owners. What made the day even more thrilling was happening to be there at the same time as Old Single Mom, Mary Tyler Mom, and some parents from my son’s school. That’s the magic of a... Read more »

Bob Fosse grew up in Chicago, but why should I care?

I’ve been reading Fosse by Sam Wasson. This biography of acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse includes several chapters about his childhood years in Chicago. Bob Fosse grew up very near to where I live now, and I felt a little tinge of something (joy? pride? recognition?) whenever a familiar landmark or intersection was... Read more »

Haunted Chicago: Remembering a ghost of the Red Lion Pub

Haunted Chicago: Remembering a ghost of the Red Lion Pub
For the month of October Listing Toward Forty is Listing Toward Halloween, featuring a variety of Halloween posts including many by guest authors. This post is by Sara Jean McCarthy. She lives on the second floor. In the women’s restroom. In the last stall. Not, perhaps, my personal choice of digs, but I truly don’t... Read more »
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Why I love Chicago but hate "Chicagoland"

I love Chicago. I hate Chicagoland. That’s not just because I’m a city snob who hates the suburbs (although I am). It’s because I’m sick of seeing lists of “best things to do in Chicago” that include a bunch of destinations more than a hour away. From my home it takes the same amount of... Read more »