Archive for August 2014

The end of life for the little playhouse in the Prairie District's Women's Park?

The end of life for the little playhouse in the Prairie District's Women's Park?
It seems like forever that the little playhouse in the Prairie District’s Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens has been comfy in its home at 18th and Indiana.  It was donated by a playhouse company many moons ago after the company displayed a number of nicely built and well-constructed little playhouses at the Taste of Chicago.... Read more »

Chicago street lights…so wishing for the good old days

Chicago street lights…so wishing for the good old days
Am I just one of those old crabs wishing for the good old days that are always big and embellished in the mind’s eye?  Or were things really better–so much better!–in Chicago just a few short years ago? What I really want to know is, how do you get a light bulb changed in this... Read more »

Wabash Tap on Wabash is the the place to be on Wednesday

Wabash Tap on Wabash is the the place to be on Wednesday
Wabash Tap in the South Loop is at 1233 S. Wabash.  And you better drop in there Wednesday evening–because all the tips collected that night by staff, and volunteers who will help serve food and drinks in this lively tavern, will be donated to Misericordia, a wonderful and well known facility  in Chicago that serves the special... Read more »
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I think I have a watermelon growing on my South Loop fence

I think I have a watermelon growing on my South Loop fence
As I recover from the trauma of City of Chicago goofballs cutting down two trees on the sidewalk in front of my house, it seems I am getting a consolation prize.  Or at least an interesting vegetative distraction. I have what appears to be a volunteer watermelon growing on my front fence on South State... Read more »

The City of Chicago is broke but not when it comes to wasting trees

The City of Chicago is broke but not when it comes to wasting trees
I thought we were out of dough, had no money, that our fair City of Chicago was dead broke, in debt to the extent that no one even wants to run for mayor except Tiny Dancer because the situation is hopeless. And the only reason he wants to do it is to get another win... Read more »

The CTA finally did something right: the Harrison Red Line station entry

The CTA finally did something right:  the Harrison Red Line station entry
We have lovely new pieces of architecture in the South Loop:  the two new Harrison Red Line station entries on State Street.  They’re everything. Simple, pretty, tasteful, diminutive, functional and very cute and architecturally meaningful. I’m no architect.  Or urban historian. But I know what I like.  And the new Harrison Street station entries work... Read more »
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