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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 at this year’s ceremony I had a lump... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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Hockeytown and a fast train to O'Hare are the latest things distracting Chicago from what ails it

Hockeytown and a fast train to O'Hare are the latest things distracting Chicago from what ails it
Yep, Tiny Tears knows how to change the subject alright.  And lately he’s been at it a mile a minute.  Jim, a good friend of mine from the neighborhood, calls him Deflector Gadget. The Chicago Tribune made a very interesting observation recently in an editorial: Chicagoans see their city mired in scandal and dysfunction, yet... Read more »