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Love you, Adler Planetarium, but you jumped the gun on the Pluto mission just like everyone else

Love you, Adler Planetarium, but you jumped the gun on the Pluto mission just like everyone else
No one loves my neighborhood jewel, Adler Planetarium more than I do. Not to mention news of outer space of any kind.  But last week the space community–including Adler–kind of had a unique clickbait situation, which left me confused and a little irritated. As in, where was the real close-up of Pluto?  The color shot... Read more »

The path to Mariano's isn't paved with concrete--yet

The path to Mariano's isn't paved with concrete--yet
Who would ever think that the installation of a new concrete sidewalk, creating a convenient path for the residents who live in the south portion of Dearborn Park to get to Mariano’s could cause trouble? Well, apparently it has.  Even though it should enhance life in the neighborhood at no cost. Word is that townhouse... Read more »

The deadheads are leaving the neighborhood and I'm sure going to miss them

The deadheads are leaving the neighborhood and I'm sure going to miss them
As I write this, the deadheads are leaving the neighborhood.  In droves. It’s the end of an era, the end of a weekend–punctuated by cop whistles at midnight making sure no deadhead gets run over by dispersing Grateful Dead traffic at Roosevelt and State. The South Loop dresses up like 1960s Haight-Ashbury. It was fun.  A... Read more »
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5 things lately in the South Loop I don't understand

5 things lately in the South Loop I don't understand
Living in the South Loop for almost 21 years, I generally have no trouble understanding my neighborhood.  But lately, a few things have happened I don’t understand. Is it Tiny Dancer’s influence on our South Loop culture?  (Because he sure doesn’t make any sense.)  Or is it me?  Or are inexplicably weird things happening in... Read more »

My mad obsession for iTunes cards at Starbucks: is it normal?

My mad obsession for iTunes cards at Starbucks:  is it normal?
Today is Tuesday and before the day is over, I will make sure that I stop in at my local Starbucks at Roosevelt and Wabash to get my iTunes card. Am I nuts? It makes no difference whether the music leaves me cold, the app is dull (or for kids), the TV show I wouldn’t... Read more »

Rahm's revenge: two Gingko trees instead of a dead fish

Rahm's revenge:  two Gingko trees instead of a dead fish
Everyone wonders what’s become of me lately, after 14 posts about the mayoral election that were decidedly anti-tiny dancer. “Are you OK?” they ask. Yes, fine.  Beaten, dejected and disappointed that he’s still here.  But with all our municipal troubles, maybe it’s for the best.  Let that know-it-all handle it all.  That’s what he deserves.... Read more »
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Guest Post by Jim Borman: lengthening the payments, paying more interest, kicking Chicago's money can down the road

I’m personally not going to critize Mayor Rahm anymore for a while. Maybe I’ll poke a little fun when the mood strikes.   He won, he’s the mayor.  And that’s that.  Democracy…prevails. But that doesn’t mean, my friend and South Loop neighbor Jim Borman can’t do the honors.  And Jim makes a good point in the following... Read more »

While we're on the subject of sociopaths….

Today I am turning my blog over to friend and neighbor Debbie Borman, a law professor at Northwestern University.  She has something very interesting to say about sociopathy–stemming from the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, as well as the just sentenced Chicago-area murderers in Bali.  Since we host the marathon in the South Loop... Read more »

I can't stand Rahm: The Aftermath

I can't stand Rahm:  The Aftermath
It’s been two weeks and the condolences are still coming my way.  People call, email and talk to me in person:  ”How are you doing?” they ask as though there’s been a death in the family or the diagnosis of a fatal disease. “Well,” I tell them, “I feel kind of the way I felt... Read more »
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I can't stand Rahm: a man with this much rage is not the man we need to lead Chicago

I can't stand Rahm:  a man with this much rage is not the man we need to lead Chicago
Five weeks ago today, I said I was going to explain in a series of posts exactly why I can’t stand Rahm.  And in so doing, I learned more about this man (and the trouble we have in Chicago) than I ever imagined. Mayor Emanuel’s “weakness” is so much more than arrogance, so much more than... Read more »