Archive for January 2012

The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close

The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close
“Look in the window on the second floor,” said the Fat Man.  ”That’s where you will see the Devil Baby.” We stared at the empty Victorian-style house’s upper floors. No Devil Baby stared back. “Well, it’s a ghost,” said the Fat Man. “They don’t always operate on our schedule.”  He laughed. We had paid good... Read more »

"Untouchable" at the Cub's Losers Convention

"Untouchable" at the Cub's Losers Convention
We put the debit card in the box for parking, and it told us that it was going to be twenty dollars and not the cheaper amount displayed at the entrance of the parking lot. The reason: “A Special Event”. What “special event”? When we entered the Hilton and Towers, on South Michigan Avenue, we... Read more »

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...
News images of Carnival Cruise Line’s Costa Concordia sinking near shore off the coast of Italy bring back images of a similar horror that took place here in Chicago. For years, nobody but geeky history buffs knew that one of the worst maritime disasters in United States history happened right off Wacker Drive, when the... Read more »
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Chicago's own "Gitmo" Prison

Chicago's own "Gitmo" Prison
A while ago, there were some acts of terrorism going on, sabotage and finally a war. War means prisoners. Prisoners had to be housed somewhere. One of those places was Chicago. Not the Chicago of today, with wrought iron wrapping around every building, street and vacant lot. Not the Chicago of flowers choking in the... Read more »

Channeling Uncle Al Scarface -- "I was Bad, but now I'm Good."

Channeling Uncle Al Scarface -- "I was Bad, but now I'm Good."
“Look at my mug and tell me I ain’t good!” — Channeled from Al Capone This morning, I was reading some info on the site of the “other major daily” in Chicago, which shall go un-named, because they do not have a blog site similar to the “other, other major daily”  in Chicago, the Trib.... Read more »

Happy New Year's, Chief!

Happy New Year's, Chief!
In all years I’ve known the Chief, he hasn’t verbally said a word to me. But he has communicated what’s on his chest in several ways. He is always there.  Kind of like a welcoming figure when you’re coming or going north or south on Pulaski (Crawford) Avenue. The Chief is like our Colossus of... Read more »
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