Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson
For Chicago Cultural Center’s late-night building tour with Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson, participants were reminded to BYO Flashlight, and arrive promptly at 10:30 PM. The night concluded around 1AM with a screening of the wonderful “Lost Buildings”, an animated film by Chris Ware; an inspired excursion through Samuelson’s early love of buildings and his... Read more »

Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field

Opening Day: Maybe This Will Be The Year I Finally Get to Wrigley Field
I’m a Cubs fan though you wouldn’t know it. I’ve never been to a game – despite the fact that when I first moved to Chicago, I lived not far from Wrigley Field. Every spring I vow I’m going to make it to a game this year. I’ve heard about the fabled Wrigleyville rooftops, the... Read more »

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb
Springtime has broken at last. March making her exit gently, like the lamb promised by the lion at her start. Spring Break. Inspired by Lake Michigan’s dissolving ice floes, it’s been a week of acceptance and release. During the break, I managed a small dance atop frozen drifts in Wisconsin’s northern woodlands – with the... Read more »
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It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!

It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!
Can you believe it!?! We MADE it! Winter is over! The resolute march of planets, sun and moon guaranteed it. And so we arrive at the Vernal Equinox. We knew it would come, and yet in the dead of winter, we doubted it. That Polar Vortex freaked us out. But, in the words of the... Read more »

Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?

Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?
It is funny how many people, (sick of winter already!) made meek apologies for finding last week’s snowstorm in Chicago pretty. Who can blame us? We’re ready for that Vernal Equinox hovered on our doorstep! I’ll join in. I’m ready for the melting and muddy boots. Bring it on! And yet, here I go…. some... Read more »

Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan

Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan
March came in with a mess of a storm and set me to a challenge on Lake Michigan. I went in search of global wildness. There was even a day I contemplated piracy. And yet there were also days I barely made it down for a visit. It’s the week the lion “March-ed” in, the... Read more »
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"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
That little man I saw the other evening at the Lake Michigan lakefront? He reminded me of the guy in one of my favorite children’s books about a pirate and the lure of the sea. This guy scuttled across Lakeshore Drive, heavy briefcase in his hand, leaning into his direction – speeding along – his black... Read more »

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »

The Lion Marches In: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

The Lion Marches In: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
At Lake Michigan today, the air was so clear I could see Indiana on the horizon. A cobalt sky and magically crisp. Incongruous considering the grey storm I drove in on this morning to get here. I guess we have some lambs in our near future; that is if the old proverbs have anything to... Read more »
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Fear is Just a Four-Letter Word

Fear; I have accepted a challenge – to face it, and to write about it. As part of the ChicagoNow “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume VI”, ChicagoNow bloggers were asked to write a post in one hour or less with this as their challenge: “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any... Read more »