Archive for May 2013

Home Grown Veggies for Two South Loop Eateries?

Home Grown Veggies for Two South Loop Eateries?
After we left one of our favorite restaurants last night–City Tavern on the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue–where we’d just indulged in, among other things, some pickled fiddlehead ferns, Bruce pointed out as we walked along the 1300 block of South Wabash Avenue that two of our favorite places appear to be growing their... Read more »

Making "Divergent" in the South Loop

Making "Divergent" in the South Loop
I’d heard a while back they were going to be filming yet another movie in Chicago, and would be building a “city” at Harrison and Wells in the South Loop for the production.  Last night, I saw the new city set, which looks like half-finished concrete single family homes, on the way back from a... Read more »

Saving a South Loop Park that hasn't been built yet

Saving a South Loop Park that hasn't been built yet
When the South Loop gets promised something like a park, it’s important that the promise is kept.  And tonight, neighborhood activists, park lovers and those on the right side of what’s right aim to have their way at a neighborhood meeting called for the purpose. A few years ago when the Roosevelt Connection was built... Read more »
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Water, Water Everywhere at Old St. Mary's

Erosion.  You want to know about erosion?  Just put 750 pounds of sand in a huge tub and start a simulated river running through it with pumps and tubes.  Eventually the buildings will fall down, as will the little people in the scene.
Yesterday was Water Day, you might say at the South Loop’s Old St. Mary’s school.  The students’ cups were running over.  With water.  Water projects dealing with lakes and rivers and wetlands, not to mention lots of tubes and pumps–even dog bowls–were dancing in their heads.  And these heads are smart, I must say.  And... Read more »

Meatless Mondays in May

Meatless Mondays in May
Last night was week 3 for the South Loop version of Meatless Mondays in May.  Not that it’s strictly a South Loop event.  It’s done worldwide.  But thanks to South Loop green maven, neighborhood stalwart and all round getter-of-things done Gail Merritt, who heads the Alliance for a Greener South Loop, MMM is a big... Read more »

CTA Red Line Change is Dramatic for the South Loop

CTA Red Line Change is Dramatic for the South Loop
Yes, the first minute I could yesterday, I took a ride on the “new” Red Line out of the South Loop.  I couldn’t wait to see what it would be like to come up out of the tunnel just slightly south of Roosevelt, inching up and up and up until the train joined its new... Read more »
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Jane Jacobs Day in Chicago

Jane Jacobs Day in Chicago
I’ve been reading the late urban planner Jane Jacobs‘ book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities for years.  For some reason, I never finished it.  I picked it up again recently because for the first time Chicago is having two Jane Jacobs Days–this Saturday and Sunday–sponsored by the Friends of Downtown (full disclosure:  I’m on... Read more »