Archive for October 2013

No haunted graveyards for me this Halloween--except the haunted ones in the book "Graveyards of Chicago"

No haunted graveyards for me this Halloween--except the haunted ones in the book "Graveyards of Chicago"
I love haunted tours in Chicago and for years, I went on quite a few.  Especially ones sponsored by Chicago Hauntings–which offers many kinds of haunted excursions. My South Loop friend Marilyn and my daughter Molly and I were paying customers on many haunted trips with many haunted companies through the years.  Trips dealing with... Read more »

Pianoforte pianos have a new home in the South Loop

Pianoforte pianos have a new home in the South Loop
Everyone who’s been walking down South Michigan Avenue lately has been doing a double take when they get to the three story, newly renovated building at 1335 and take a gander through the picture window.  ”Pianos?” they say.  ”What are all these pianos doing here in the South Loop?” Well, the pianos are all safe... Read more »

Blue carts have arrived in the South Loop and life changes dramatically

Blue carts have arrived in the South Loop and life changes dramatically
A blue cart was placed in front of everyone’s home on the 1200 block of South State in the South Loop last week.  Trouble was, they belonged in the alley.  But apparently the city puts them in front of your house and you have to move them through your gangway and through your yard and... Read more »
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Mariano's has a grand opening in the South Loop; Dominick's closes immediately

Mariano's has a grand opening in the South Loop; Dominick's closes immediately
I always figured Mariano’s would put Dominick’s out of business.  The head of Mariano’s left Dominick’s and started Mariano’s.  Not a good sign.  And then I started noticing that wherever Dominick’s had a pretty good business, Mariano’s opened nearby.  It was only a matter of time–and design. What really surprised me, though, is that after... Read more »

The Grant: seeing the inside turned my thinking upside down

The Grant:  seeing the inside turned my thinking upside down
I used to think the coolest place to live in the South Loop would be on the lowest floor–facing north–of The Grant on Roosevelt Road at the south end of Grant Park. (The official address is 1201 S. Prairie. Avenue.)  Why the lowest floor?  Because gazing through the big glassy windows of one of those... Read more »