Archive for August 2014

Five off the beaten path places you should take out of town guests visiting Chicago

"The <strong"The <strong>Leaning Tower of Niles</strong> is a half-size replica of the <em>Leaning Tower of Pisa</em>. Located in Niles, Illinois, it was completed in 1934 by industrialist Robert Ilg as part of a recreation park for employees of the <em>Ilg Hot Air Electric Ventilating Company of Chicago</em>. It is situated at <strong>6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714.</strong>
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In 1991, the village of Niles, Illinois, established a sister city pact with Pisa, Italy  A US$1.2 million renovation of the Leaning Tower of Niles was started in 1995 by Mayor Nicholas Blase and the Board of Trustees, and was completed in 1996, improving the structure, façade and the Plaza area.
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The Leaning Tower Plaza area now has four fountains and a 30-foot pool. Village web site and publications include images of the tower. Leaning Tower Concert Series are Summertime open-air music concerts sponsored by the village since the 1990s."  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Niles" target="_blank">Source</a>.>Leaning Tower of Niles</strong> is a half-size replica of the <em>Leaning Tower of Pisa</em>. Located in Niles, Illinois, it was completed in 1934 by industrialist Robert Ilg as part of a recreation park for employees of the <em>Ilg Hot Air Electric Ventilating Company of Chicago</em>. It is situated at <strong>6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714.</strong>
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In 1991, the village of Niles, Illinois, established a sister city pact with Pisa, Italy  A US$1.2 million renovation of the Leaning Tower of Niles was started in 1995 by Mayor Nicholas Blase and the Board of Trustees, and was completed in 1996, improving the structure, façade and the Plaza area.
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The Leaning Tower Plaza area now has four fountains and a 30-foot pool. Village web site and publications include images of the tower. Leaning Tower Concert Series are Summertime open-air music concerts sponsored by the village since the 1990s".  <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Niles" target="_blank">Source</a>.
After college, a good portion of my summers were spent either visiting friends in other cities (mostly St Louis) or hosting friends from out of town. When friends would visit me, I would rack my brain on trying to figure out things to do, specifically where to take these college buddies to show them Chicago.... Read more »

An Open Letter to my Creepy Co-Worker

Dear Creepy Co-worker, It looks like you read one of those self-help posts in LinkedIn. The one where they tell you to get up from you seat and walk over to someone’s desk to solve the problem.  Be a Super Star and go meet the challenge of the day at the source, it probably read.... Read more »

What Kirsten Dunst said about traditional gender roles is nothing to get ones jammies in a bunch

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A couple of months ago, the internetlands were all abuzz about what Kirsten — I’m in Baby Mode — Dunst said during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. for their May Issue. Dunst stirred up some controversy by advocating traditional gender roles of the nurturing, housebound mother and a throwback to male ‘knights in shining... Read more »
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Not the brightest realtor out there

Ever so often a realtor I worked with or met back when I was house hunting will reach out to me and ask if I found a house or if there is anything they can do to help.  Usually it’s an agent I met at an open house who then added me to their mailing... Read more »

Hey dude blocking my driveway: is it really that hard to be a decent World Citizen?

My next door neighbor has been having some work done to his yard this summer. It looks really good and I have no issue with anyone trying to improve their property. The thing is, at least once a week the work crew blocks my driveway. Usually they only block my driveway for 10-15 minutes. However,... Read more »

We all know a Robin Williams

By now you know that Robin Williams has committed suicide. When it first hit my Facebook feed I thought perhaps it was one of those internet hoaxes that gets sent around the world before the truth can catch up. No such luck. Apparently Williams suffered from severe depression and battled alcoholism and substance abuse over... Read more »
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Chicago Bears: Please Skip the Preseason Games

Dear Chicago Bears, Please do us all a favor and skip the pre-season. Seriously, the injury risks are too great to have our offense playing much, if at all, in what amount to glorified exhibition games. Just this week in training camp you lost potential #3 receiver Marquess Wilson with a broken collarbone. In Practice.... Read more »

Respect the Run and The Test is Easy When you do the Homework

One of the tenants that many experienced veteran runners adhere to is the phrase “Respect the Run.” What this means is that any time you go out for a run, whether it is a 8-10 Long Run or a simple 3 mile recovery run, you have to respect it. Respect the distance, respect the weather... Read more »