Posts in category "Life in the South Loop"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

After all these years, why would IIT change its nickname to Illinois Tech?

After all these years, why would IIT change its nickname to Illinois Tech?
“Illinois Tech” is the new nickname for the near south side academic stalwart Illinois Institute of Technology.  The solid and familiar and long time moniker “IIT” has gone by the wayside. Some say they want to sound more like Caltech and Virginia Tech. But I think they don’t want to sound like the sociopathic ITT Tech.  If... Read more »
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Are scores of murals adorning buildings in the South Loop giving the neighborhood a new identity?

Are scores of murals adorning buildings in the South Loop giving the neighborhood a new identity?
To hear Norman Alexandroff explain it on a recent walking tour organized by the South Loop Referral Group, the South Loop has spent the last 35 years without a neighborhood identity. Alexandroff is director of external and internal partnerships at Columbia College, whose campus runs through the neighborhood–and he is the man responsible for the... Read more »

Why not use those fallow 62 acres to create a Cook County Forest Preserve right in downtown Chicago?

Why not use those fallow 62 acres to create a Cook County Forest Preserve right in downtown Chicago?
What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.  It’s green, secluded and easy to get to.  And I propose it remain as nature intended.  As a lovely addition to the Cook County Forest Preserve District. This is exactly what we need at Clark and Roosevelt in the heart of the South Loop, a stone’s throw from... Read more »

It's Labor Day and the college kids are back in the neighborhood and that's a good thing

It's Labor Day and the college kids are back in the neighborhood and that's a good thing
There’s always something missing in the South Loop during the summer: college kids. We need them. To perk up the streets, scurry around, solidify our diversity, put bodies in the restaurants, money in the cash registers and pay the rent on the condos of speculators. They also fill up the dorms, the classrooms and the... Read more »
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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 »