Archive for July 2013

Mariano's Still Opening in the South Loop? Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!

Mariano's Still Opening in the South Loop?  Yes!  Yes!!  Yes!!!
Yes, my dear South Loop neighbors, Mariano’s is still on the way.  It will open in the neighborhood just as it said it would a while back.  Right there on Clark Street at 16th. My neighbors got a bit ruffled a few days ago when they found out here in Crain’s that the grocery store property–nearing completion–was... Read more »

Anthony Weiner: He Could have Been My South Loop Neighbor!

Anthony Weiner:  He Could have Been My South Loop Neighbor!
This morning I woke up only to find out that disgraced former New York congressman and current New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is still being disgraced.  And the latest disgrace involves the South Loop.  Just a few blocks from my house. Turns out the pee-pee picture sending, intensely arrogant, chutzpah-filled twittering, sex-addicted nudnik... Read more »

Jay Z and Justin Spoiled Poetry Night in the South Loop

Jay Z and Justin Spoiled Poetry Night in the South Loop
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake affected South Loop life around Soldier Field last night like you wouldn’t believe.  Like my book club’s annual poetry night.  Which I host every year.  Jay Z and Justin kind of ruined it. It’s been more than a dozen years since I started hosting poetry night on the deck over my... Read more »
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Did You Know a Stream Runs Through Millennium Park?

Did You Know a Stream Runs Through Millennium Park?
Here is a post I am bringing out of “retirement.” It was originally posted on my former blog, “South Loop Observer” in 2009–but there’s a whole story regarding the life of this post even before that, which you can read here.  I am bringing it out in honor of ChicagoNow’s special day today:  the posting... Read more »

Tony Rezko's 62 Acres of Land--and Me

Tony Rezko's 62 Acres of Land--and Me
I have more than a decade of personal history  with that now newsy, beleaguered 62 acres of undeveloped “Tony Rezko” land in the South Loop that extends southwest from Roosevelt and Clark.  The land that the City of Chicago suddenly wants to buy. And find a developer for. It all started more than 10 years... Read more »

Sprouting Sculptural Heads on the Cultural Mile

Sprouting Sculptural Heads on the Cultural Mile
I never thought new Loop litter of any kind would get me as upset as the new Divvy bikes (will post my thoughts about them when I calm down) but the new 15 sprouting “sculptural heads” along Chicago’s famous Cultural Mile have done the trick. They’re not cows, or world globes or fiberglass couches–all of which... Read more »
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