Posts in category "Chicago culture"

St. Jude, Armed!

St. Jude,  Armed!
I could not even understand the language, but there it was on foreign television for me to see, news about my hometown, Chicago: 11 dead and 40 injured in Memorial Day shootings. No wonder everybody overseas thinks Al Capone is still alive. Even Big Al is put to shame by this toll.  And embarrassed, even.... Read more »

Vito and Nicks Pizza -- They Don't Deliver. They Don't Have To

Vito and Nicks Pizza -- They Don't Deliver.  They Don't Have To
Aside from Al Capone, memories of the great Michael Jordan and the Sears Tower (Yes, Sears Tower, dammit!), Chicago is known for pizza.  Usually the deserved heaps of praise go to the deep dish pizza titans: Pizzera Uno, Gino’s East or Lou Malnatis.  All well and good.  Very, very good, I might add.   And... Read more »

Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder

Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder
Who “founded” Chicago? Mayor Daley the First Al Capone Oprah John Du Sable Don’t spend too much time on the quiz.  I tricked it up a bit.  This quiz does not include the Native Americans.  Notice I used quotes around founded, okay? Those who picked the last name picked right, though I did anglice his... Read more »
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"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 »