Category: Life in the South Loop

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood? Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood?  Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods
The one good thing about winter coming?  The number of bicycle riders on the sidewalk will diminish.  They won’t disappear.  They won’t stop posing a danger to us pedestrians.  But the cold, the snow and the ice will lower their numbers and reduce the chances of us walkers getting seriously injured. For those of us... Read more »

My Starbucks: no bathrooms, no patio, no tables, no chairs, no stools and no community center

My Starbucks:  no bathrooms, no patio, no tables, no chairs, no stools and no community center
One thing for sure, my Starbucks in the South Loop will never be a community center.  No matter how gung-ho Mr. Starbucks in Seattle is for letting his stores now serve as community centers, my Starbucks is never going to be one.  No matter how much he wants to get himself out of trouble because... Read more »

Monitoring the air quality on my corner sure taught me a few things about the EPA, particulates and Wifi

Monitoring the air quality on my corner sure taught me a few things about the EPA, particulates and Wifi
When I was asked a few months ago to participate in a short study that required monitoring the air quality on the street where I live, I was eager to please.  Not only did I want to please the person who asked me to do it–Gail Merritt, who started Alliance for a Greener South Loop, always... Read more »
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Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop

Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop
My friend Charlotte, who has written several books on the topic of native plants is on a roll lately, suggesting to everyone from Wilmette officials to the University of Chicago powers that be that if nothing else, some of their owned and ill-used land be turned into carbon sinks. She suggests that they return their... Read more »

A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them

A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them
An interesting new book is out called 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss.  Six of the places are pretty much out my door in the South Loop. Like any list, I think there are certain places in my neighborhood that the author, Amy Bizzari, left off her list that she shouldn’t have:  like... Read more »

A city trash can does not belong on top of a city tree well

A city trash can does not belong on top of a city tree well
Why would anyone put a trash can atop a tree well? That’s the question that kept me sleepless on Friday night.  Until I finally called 311 at 7AM on Saturday to ask the same question.  I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I think the two 311 people I talked to felt the same way.  A... Read more »
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Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.

Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.
Columbia College Chicago did a very bad thing.  Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing. And it’s all the college’s fault. The story goes like this:  When Columbia purchased the old Buddy Guy’s Legends a few years ago and tore it down in order to build... Read more »

I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't

I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't
Last week, I could have sworn my daughter and I were stopped by ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement cops–in the Red Line L station at Roosevelt about noon.  But now I don’t know what the heck happened. I put up a post on Facebook right after our stop.  And got more commentary than any other post... Read more »

The Chicago Bears have been stopping traffic in the South Loop for years but Christmas Eve was the first time I heard about it

The Chicago Bears have been stopping traffic in the South Loop for years but Christmas Eve was the first time I heard about it
So Christmas Eve, in the midst of making the dinner above, I realized I was out of garlic.  And I was about to put some beef tenderloin in the oven. No problem, I threw on my coat and went to Trader Joe’s. I walked east on Roosevelt from State to Wabash and waited at the... Read more »
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I thought I'd be able to tell if my vote for president was counted this year, but I really couldn't

I thought I'd be able to tell if my vote for president was counted this year, but I really couldn't
I thought if I voted for the least desirable presidential candidate in the race this year (at least in terms of the pre-election polls), that I’d be able to tell if my vote was counted. Out of the (as it turned out) 723 votes cast in my precinct, I thought I might be the only... Read more »