Archive for May 2014

50 people you should have seen play the piano in Chicago this weekend

50 people you should have seen play the piano in Chicago this weekend
There were 50 people in Chicago this weekend who virtually no one knew about.  They were from everywhere.  They have jobs and families.  They were young and old, male and female.   They came to play the piano–and compete against each other in the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition–presented by the Pianoforte Foundation at 13th and... Read more »

Opera star Jessye Norman visits the South Loop

Opera star Jessye Norman visits the South Loop
What a treat for an opera buff like me to be invited, gratis, to see Jessye Norman in the South Loop.  Well, Ok, so she was just this side of Monroe Street at the School of the Art Institute ballroom at 112 S. Michigan.  Which as far as I’m concerned is within the boundaries of... Read more »

8 things I never knew about the South Loop (and I thought I knew everything)

8 things I never knew about the South Loop (and I thought I knew everything)
I thought I knew everything about the South Loop.  But I found out yesterday that there are eight things I didn’t know, whilst on a Forgotten Chicago tour–led by Jacob Kaplan and Patrick Steffes–of the neighborhood I’ve lived in just four months short of 20 years. And here’s the list: In 1909, Bertha Palmer made... Read more »
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Roosevelt Road retail corridor getting kind of like the Clybourn Corridor

Roosevelt Road retail corridor getting kind of like the Clybourn Corridor
The most consistent worry among South Loop residents lately–other than a guy snooping into people’s patios looking for unlocked bikes–is this:  Is Roosevelt Road west of Clark, past Canal–all the way to Halsted, which already houses a Home Depot, a Best Buy, a Target, a Whole Foods and literally tons of other very big retail... Read more »

Tree trimming in the South Loop: lose some, gain some

Tree trimming in the South Loop:  lose some, gain some
My recent tree trimming saga started when a bunch of ex-cons came by my house with hatchets and chainsaws in the Fall, told by their boss apparently to have at it on the “public” side of my fence.  Yes, I’m told that the City of Chicago–to its credit, I must say–hires ex-cons to beautify certain... Read more »