Posts in category "Life in the South Loop"

Glad Lucas and narrative art are gone and forgotten but we do need a film museum

Glad Lucas and narrative art are gone and forgotten but we do need a film museum
Things have been nice around here since Lucas hightailed it back to the west coast.  But there’s this gnawing feeling that something is missing:  the prospect of a new museum. Not a museum of narrative art. But an actual film museum. “Narrative art.”  That’s a term for eggheads.  Or for some phony and his friend, the mayor,... Read more »

With all the Lucas Museum stuff going on these days, there seems to be one big thing missing: Lucas

With all the Lucas Museum stuff going on these days, there seems to be one big thing missing:  Lucas
So where is that guy?  George Lucas?  Are you there? Friends of the Parks has a number of things it wants to run by you.  They want you to give our city a few things and in return, they may agree to let the city tear down Lakeside Center–an iconic landmark of a McCormick Place... Read more »

Coming clean on the Lucas Museum: why it might be time to back down and talk turkey

Coming clean on the Lucas Museum:  why it might be time to back down and talk turkey
Everyone thinks Friends of the Parks has won its lawsuit.  That Mr. Star Wars is not just calling our bluff, but really leaving Mayor Tiny Dancer’s city for yet another city that might let him put his collection wherever he wants. A lot of Lucas lovers are pissed that the force isn’t with them.  And that... Read more »
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The first Memorial Day I ever had without the best soldier in the world: My Dad

The first Memorial Day I ever had without the best soldier in the world:  My Dad
I’ve been to the big Memorial Day event in the neighborhood at the General Logan statue at 9th and Michigan a few times over the years.  They set up chairs and put out flags and lay down wreaths and the whole ceremony is rife with dignitaries.  But today I had a lump in my throat... Read more »

The Active Transportation Alliance is very active when it comes to bikers, but not walkers and people who use public transportation

The Active Transportation Alliance is very active when it comes to bikers, but not walkers and people who use public transportation
In honor of Bike the Drive this morning, Channel 7 had someone on from the Active Transportation Alliance. This group bills itself as advocating not only for bikes, but for walkers and public transportation users, too.  Sounds nice, huh? But I’d like to know this:  where’s the evidence that walking and public trans are on... Read more »

From the start, the Lucas Museum has been saddled by a huge public relations problem and it's getting worse

From the start, the Lucas Museum has been saddled by a huge public relations problem and it's getting worse
No matter what side you’re on in the Lucas Museum mess, one thing I know for sure:  YOU and Friends of the Parks did not cause it. Who did?  Look no farther than Mr. Star Wars George Lucas and Mr. Mayor Tiny Dancer.  It’s their fault.  Two guys who think they’re smarter than everyone else.... Read more »
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When I saw a Trojan Horse pop up at the Trump Rally, I figured something was a little fishy

When I saw a Trojan Horse pop up at the Trump Rally, I figured something was a little fishy
I was at the Trump Rally earlier tonight.  And something was fishy.  Got there about 5 and waited in a long line to get in and I said to my friend Dorothy, “It seems like there are a lot of kids in line who look like Bernie supporters.”  But then I started seeing a stray... Read more »

How come Rahm has to talk the future of the Lucas Museum over with George and Mellody and not us?

How come Rahm has to talk the future of the Lucas Museum over with George and Mellody and not us?
Now that the Friends of the Parks lawsuit against building the Lucas Museum where Lucas says it has to be–on park/lakefront land–has been deemed to have merit by a federal judge and can proceed, what is our broken mayor going to do about it? Stand his ground and proceed with defending the suit?  Cave in... Read more »

Clarke House, the oldest house in Chicago, is suddenly starting a new life and a lot of people are wondering why

Clarke House, the oldest house in Chicago, is suddenly starting a new life and a lot of people are wondering why
Clarke House–180 years old this year–is starting a new life this week. It’s suddenly and inexplicably under new management:  the City of Chicago. Anyone who knows anything about Clarke House is flummoxed. Doesn’t the Rahm administration have enough to worry about right now?  Why does the City suddenly want to run this very historic and... Read more »
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The lights are back on Roosevelt Road and maybe that's a bright sign for the New Year

The lights are back on Roosevelt Road and maybe that's a bright sign for the New Year
It’s been a while since all the lights shown bright on Roosevelt Road bridge near my house.  A long time since all 50 of the globe-type lights pictured here have been on simultaneously on both sides of Roosevelt between State and Clark.  In fact, they haven’t all been on at the same time since Mayor... Read more »