Rahm seems to be spending a lot of our money on his own legal problems

Rahm seems to be spending a lot of our money on his own legal problems
The legal bills are piling up.  Rahm’s got legal problems up the kazoo.  But he wants us to think they’re our legal problems.  Lawyers (and others) are now hired to investigate, defend and consult regarding our police department and our law department.  What’s it all about?  What do we get out of the money he’s... Read more »

We knew Rahm was bad all along but it isn't necessarily all our fault that we re-elected him

We knew Rahm was bad all along but it isn't necessarily all our fault that we re-elected him
Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board has done a masterful job right here of listing how bad Rahm’s been for Chicago for nearly five years.  Although her list is long, it’s far, far, far from exhaustive.  (And don’t say five years isn’t a long time.  The entire Soviet Union used to... Read more »

Clarke House, the oldest house in Chicago, is suddenly starting a new life and a lot of people are wondering why

Clarke House, the oldest house in Chicago, is suddenly starting a new life and a lot of people are wondering why
Clarke House–180 years old this year–is starting a new life this week. It’s suddenly and inexplicably under new management:  the City of Chicago. Anyone who knows anything about Clarke House is flummoxed. Doesn’t the Rahm administration have enough to worry about right now?  Why does the City suddenly want to run this very historic and... Read more »
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The lights are back on Roosevelt Road and maybe that's a bright sign for the New Year

The lights are back on Roosevelt Road and maybe that's a bright sign for the New Year
It’s been a while since all the lights shown bright on Roosevelt Road bridge near my house.  A long time since all 50 of the globe-type lights pictured here have been on simultaneously on both sides of Roosevelt between State and Clark.  In fact, they haven’t all been on at the same time since Mayor... Read more »

Density is a dirty word in the South Loop all of a sudden, but should it be?

Density is a dirty word in the South Loop all of a sudden, but should it be?
Ever since I moved to the South Loop in 1994, density has been a dirty word.  For some reason, many of my South Loop neighbors seem to think they are entitled to rural–or at least quiet surbrban–living in downtown Chicago. What’s interesting is that many South Loop abodes have incorporated a quiet, leafy lifestyle where... Read more »

The night the lights went out in the South Loop

The night the lights went out in the South Loop
Last Friday night a townhouse complex just steps from my house had to have some repair work done by ComEd.  Something about “electrical infrastructure,” “bad switch gears” and “transformers.” The residents of that complex were told that the electrical power to each of their homes would be cut off overnight and into Saturday morning. I... Read more »
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At Northerly Island, why would people want to look at an artificial pond instead of a real lake?

At Northerly Island, why would people want to look at an artificial pond instead of a real lake?
Yesterday I finally got to the new and improved Northerly Island, one of our latest South Loop amenities.   And I was shocked. Not as shocked as I was the morning many years ago when I woke up and found out Mayor Richie had ordered the carving up of the runways and the outlawing of... Read more »

A look at Columbia College Chicago before it was our Columbia College Chicago

A look at Columbia College Chicago before it was our Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago, believe it or not, has been around since 1890. In and around the Loop–and sometimes, it’s even branched into north and south side neighborhoods. Today, it’s a fixture in the South Loop.  Adapting and reusing historical buildings.  And building many new ones.  Departments of dance and journalism and photography and many many... Read more »

Did you know there's a farm on top of McCormick Place?

Did you know there's a farm on top of McCormick Place?
You would never guess in a million years that this picture was taken on the roof of the West Building at McCormick Place. At a farm. There’s a 20,000 square foot, multi-level farm–they call it a garden, but that’s ridiculous–on the McCormick Place roof.  A full-fledged working vegetable farm on the roof of McCormick Place!  A... Read more »
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The Field Museum wants to tear down big beautiful Linden trees right in their own backyard

The Field Museum wants to tear down big beautiful Linden trees right in their own backyard
When the Linden trees around the Field Museum of Natural History were put in 16 years ago, it was controversial.  Too many trees are going to mar the facade, said the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic. Now that the Field Museum wants to tear down the trees and replace them with native plantings, another controversy is sprouting.... Read more »