Archive for April 2014

Dinosaur Sue gets her bi-annual cleaning

Dinosaur Sue gets her bi-annual cleaning
My favorite neighbor in the South Loop, Sue the T-rex, got a good cleaning this morning.  Sue’s been my neighbor for the last 14 years at her house in the Field Museum, a short walk from my house at Roosevelt and State.  I love the fact that I have a neighbor who is as much... Read more »

Alderman Fioretti: right where he should be at East-West University

Alderman Fioretti:  right where he should be at East-West University
I just read an article yesterday morning about how confusing it is that the Chicago alderman are serving their new constituents, based on the 2015 remap.  And not the constituents who elected them.  And what a nightmare some Chicago residents are facing when trying to sort out a municipal problem! In the case of Second Ward... Read more »

A teacher tells us a little bit about those young guys who commit violence

Today, I turn my blog over for a guest posting from my South Loop friend Jim Borman, who provides insight into the tragic violence  we see day after day in the news.  He knows some of the perpetrators/victims because he had them in his class at a Bronzeville Charter School (that so happens to have a branch... Read more »
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A Bottle & Bottega night in the South Loop

A Bottle & Bottega night in the South Loop
So here’s the result of my night at Bottle & Bottega.  Right here.  An abstract skyline.  I painted it within two hours last night, while sipping an inexpensive  Syrah from Trader Joe’s and munching on a few things from Crave, which delivered some stuff from across the street. Bottle & Bottega is a place at Roosevelt and... Read more »

A food pantry in the South Loop is God's work

A food pantry in the South Loop is God's work
My South Loop friend Steve Reginald, a member of the South Loop Community Church at 14th and State, asked me to come see the food pantry he volunteers for through the church on Saturday mornings.  I visited this morning.  Quite impressive, I must say.  God’s work. The operation can always use more volunteers, as long... Read more »

Inaugurating a new throne at the Glessner House

Inaugurating a new throne at the Glessner House
The Gilded Age first floor “powder room” at the 1887 landmark Glessner House at 18th and Prairie has finally been restored.  And guess who inaugurated it? It just so happens I was giving a tour to Palos Park schoolchildren Friday morning in my role as a docent at the Glessner House Museum.  Which happened to... Read more »
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Meatless Chili Contest: 4 ways in the South Loop

Meatless Chili Contest:  4 ways in the South Loop
Four meatless chili recipes competed for top dog last night in the South Loop.  One had a combination of interesting spices and organic beans from Ottawa, Illinois.  Another was traditional, substantial and served with corn bread.  A third had a lot of curry in it which gave it an East Indian overtone, and it was... Read more »