Archive for September 2013

Australian Lungfish "Granddad" celebrates his 80th anniversary at the Shedd (many more to come)

Australian Lungfish "Granddad" celebrates his 80th anniversary at the Shedd (many more to come)
When I met “Granddad” in 1978–the year I started volunteering, and ultimately working for pay for the next three years at Shedd Aquarium–he was just about to celebrate his 45th anniversary as a South Loop resident.  And I thought he was old then!  Yesterday, the famous Australian Lungfish celebrated 80 years in his river habitat... Read more »

The South Loop gets its first real taste of Transformers (the Fourth)

The South Loop gets its first real taste of Transformers (the Fourth)
Three years ago, the South Loop had only one real and consistent connection to the third Transformers movie.  Much of it was filmed in Chicago–but the only thing we ever saw in the neighborhood was the famous camera helicopter.  After leaving the Wacker Drive area, where it was filming the mayhem that befell our fair... Read more »

The DePaul Arena in the Prairie District: Can five thousand smackers make a difference?

The DePaul Arena in the Prairie District:  Can five thousand smackers make a difference?
So everyone seems to be wondering something in the South Loop.  Can $5000 change the minds of those who don’t like the idea of the new DePaul Basketball (and other events) Arena coming into the quiet historic Prairie Avenue neighborhood of old homes and expensive condos just north of Cermak near McCormick Place? DePaul University,... Read more »
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Daystar Center wants to be a real community center (so what's the problem?)

Daystar Center wants to be a real community center (so what's the problem?)
To go down a list of offerings at the Daystar Center at 16th and State, one would have to ask why they’re worried about being a true blue community center.  But they are.  The people who run it and inhabit it want it to be welcoming, accessible and a friend to all.  They point out... Read more »

Cal's Liquors gets a new life, or some such

Cal's Liquors gets a new life, or some such
A good friend of mine has been worried about Cal’s Liquors at Van Buren and Wells lately.  I should say she’s worried about the old Cal’s Liquors.  Cal’s has been outta there now since New Year’s Day and the place is weird.  Or so she says. She’s right. She’s worried that rats can get in... Read more »