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How the heck did volunteer tomatoes start growing along my front gate?

How the heck did volunteer tomatoes start growing along my front gate?
If a volunteer pumpkin growing along the front gate of my South Loop house at Roosevelt and State wasn’t crazy enough…well, now I’ve got volunteer tomatoes growing there, too.  And on the east side yet! At the moment, the tomatoes are fairly small and very green.  But Bruce says he thinks they’re Romas.  Whether they... Read more »

South Loop Neighbors Photo Show is baaaaaaaaaaaacccckk

South Loop Neighbors Photo Show is baaaaaaaaaaaacccckk
After a few years’ hiatus, the South Loop Neighbors’ Photo Show is coming back in October. The juried photo competition wants photographers to submit photographs in three categories: student, amateur and professional. The theme for this year’s competition is “Life in the South Loop.” SLN, a community organization that promotes quality of life in the neighborhood,... Read more »

What's the City doing about the homeless besides not too much?

What's the City doing about the homeless besides not too much?
My South Loop friend, and dedicated observer of South Loop life, Jim Borman, is my blogging guest today–on the topic of abject homelessness in the South Loop.  Many other neighborhoods are affected by this misery–including the heart of the Loop, of course.  But Jim tells us what he’s been seeing in the South Loop–and it ain’t... Read more »
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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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South Loop realtors keeping kids off the street--at least for a day

South Loop realtors keeping kids off the street--at least for a day
I got a press release last week from some South Loop realtors that sounded sort of unusual.  And also sort of cute.  I skimmed it.  Looked at the pictures. And thought to myself, I wished I could have been there. It seemed like a group managing sales at The Grant, a super-luxurious high-rise on Roosevelt,... Read more »