Archive for February 2013

The South Loop Needs a Lyric Opera Chapter of its Own!

The South Loop Needs a Lyric Opera Chapter of its Own!
I spent a wonderful four hours at the Lyric Opera yesterday, touring backstage, the diva dressing rooms, the stage itself, the box seats, the props, the costumes, the make-up, the orchestra pit (where I alone of my tour group ascended the conductor’s podium to test it out), the wigs and the catwalk. I had a... Read more »

Love and the Chicago Auto Show

Love and the Chicago Auto Show
Twenty years ago, when I was a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, I wrote a column about how the Chicago Auto Show was good for a marriage.  It was for mine.  It gave my late ex-husband and I a lot to talk about–positive stuff about makes, models, body comparisons, knockoff styles and prices, not to... Read more »

Die Meistersinger Gave Me a Pain in My Ass (but I liked it anyway)

Die Meistersinger Gave Me a Pain in My Ass (but I liked it anyway)
Since Tuesday, I’ve been suffering from something called piriformis syndrome.  The Sciatic nerve in my left butt cheek is being compressed by my glute-area piriformis muscle.  On Tuesday night, I couldn’t sleep.  On Wednesday I could barely walk.  The pain was unbelievable.  I hobbled.  An inch at a time.  Did I have a blood clot? I... Read more »
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Red Light, Green Light, A New Traffic Light in the South Loop

Red Light, Green Light, A New Traffic Light in the South Loop
There’s big news today in the South Loop.  A new set of traffic lights–where none ever were before–has been installed and is working at 13th and Wabash.  Fully functioning.  A red light, a green light, a yellow light. It’s been in the works for years.  People in the neighborhood said they constantly felt vulnerable, unseen... Read more »

Boat Show 2: The South Loop Gets a New Boat

Boat Show 2:  The South Loop Gets a New Boat
A couple of weeks ago, I went briefly to the Chicago Boat Show at McCormick Place and I liked it.  But I wondered why it doesn’t seem to be on people’s radar in the South Loop.  After all, it’s in the South Loop–and the South Loop is a true defacto boating community in Chicago.  Lots... Read more »