Posts in category "Chicago"

Could it be that Magic Mike is both a male dancer AND a time traveler?

Could it be that Magic Mike is both a male dancer AND a time traveler?
I’ve lived in my north side condo for over a decade – the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. But for all the days I’ve slumbered and chilled in those 950 square feet of space, I’ve not ventured out much to meet my neighbors – not since the real estate bubble ejected desperate family after... Read more »

I joined a baseball cult on Thursday night!

I joined a baseball cult on Thursday night!
I’ve been wondering for two days about how to word this post. And what picture could I even use to describe the experience I had in a western suburb this past Thursday night? I knew whatever image I used would fall short, because a) I’m not that good with this monster lens, yet, and b) I didn’t get... Read more »

Would you agree with me that Chicago neighborhoods get all "Harry Potter" after dark?

Would you agree with me that Chicago neighborhoods get all "Harry Potter" after dark?
I much prefer night time over day time, for darkness lends itself to isolation much better than the visibility of that whole annoying sunshine racket. Creativity can be quite harrowing. Creating fictional worlds can be a nightmare. Revisions?  Ohmigod they’re the worst. Unless it’s dark outside. Then it’s all delicious. *** I am still waiting... Read more »
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"Don't keep us in suspense! What happened to your neighborhood Boo Radley House, JA?"

"Don't keep us in suspense! What happened to your neighborhood Boo Radley House, JA?"
When we last left my neighborhood Boo Radley House, it was beautiful, creepy, and mysterious – a faintly stinky shack on the north side of Chicago that begged as many questions as it (probably) had ghosts. But one recent Saturday afternoon when I was out on a dog walk, I noticed there were people in... Read more »

Does your neighborhood have a "Boo Radley House?" Mine does.

Does your neighborhood have a "Boo Radley House?" Mine does.
Every neighborhood has a “Boo Radley House”…that one rickety house at the end of the block that demands urban rumors be told in its honor. Perhaps at the Glenview Boo Radley House, a woman is rumored to be living in the attic. But no one has seen her since that one Halloween – also the anniversary of... Read more »

Was Phyllis from "The Office" at a BP/McDonald's hybrid in Chicago this past weekend?

Was Phyllis from "The Office" at a BP/McDonald's hybrid in Chicago this past weekend?
This past Sunday evening was warm and balmy enough to take the dog on a proper walk. The neighborhood flickered awake in a magical Harry Potter kind of way. Nighttime in my ‘hood reveals a secret world unseen in the sunlight. A tipsy, skinny woman pet my dog and told me she was moving soon and... Read more »
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My favorite tree in Chicago has offered its services to #TheResistance

My favorite tree in Chicago has offered its services to #TheResistance
It’s not getting any easier. It might be getting even harder now that we fully understand that the lines in the sand have been washed away: all pretense of decency and integrity has been dragged off the shore by the sharks. I know. My favorite tree (“Rockwell”) senses our despair, and wants to help out... Read more »

Oh, who are the people in your (Muslim) neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neigh-bor-hood....

Oh, who are the people in your (Muslim) neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neigh-bor-hood....
I live in a neighborhood with one of the largest Muslim populations in the midwest. For me, the national rhetoric demonizing Islam is a personal issue, for it is my Muslim neighbors and my son’s Muslim friends whose faith is being called an enemy of our nation. Last week I decided to step out and face... Read more »

THE BIG FINISH - "I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago"

THE BIG FINISH - "I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago"
“I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago” – a quick review: PART 1: The questionable ambience of the riff-raff seats PART 2: An empowering message from the stage to the women of tomorrow PART 3: “Crap” + “Rap” = “Crapper” PART 4: Oh Brit-Brit and now, the Big... Read more »
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"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)

"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)
So I took my kiddo to the B96 Jingle Bash last Saturday: PART 1: The charming ambience of the riff raff seats PART 2: A message for the good men of tomorrow PART 3: Crap + Rap = Crapper PART 4: Can we just talk about Britney Spears for a second? First: pop icon – NO... Read more »