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5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season

5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season
You can see them if you pay close attention.  They are the Creche Hunters. They are among us, standing next to us in line at the store, sitting in the Chevy Volt next to you at the traffic light and maybe even next to you at your favorite watering hole; you cannot see them immediately,... Read more »

Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland

Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland
Just like humans, airports have come to life only to die — and become shopping malls and housing developments and sometimes just empty fields, the old runways covered by corn. The survivors, Midway and O’Hare and  Chicago Executive Airport in northwest Wheeling,  are among the best known of what were once scrappy grass and sometimes... Read more »

Who Should Own Your Personal Information?

Who Should Own Your Personal Information?
It was the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution that ended slavery for African Americans, but in today’s digital age are we all in danger of becoming enslaved? Even if you have never used a computer, bits and bytes and pieces of you are being stored in servers across the country — indeed, across the... Read more »
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Are Chicagoans Friendly?

Are Chicagoans Friendly?
How do you react when somebody, a stranger, tries to strike up a conversation with you? Suppose you are standing at the bus stop, or eating lunch or having a drink at a watering hole? Do you automatically think, “What’s the scam”, or “This guy ain’t going to get to first base with me”? Why... Read more »

Sign, Sign Everywhere An Old Sign -- No So Much

Sign, Sign Everywhere An Old Sign -- No So Much
Getting rarer and rarer.  This one on Ogden Avenue, outside of Chicago. House of Doors — 50 years old when that old sign was made. Would you live in a “house of doors”?      

The Bachelor Grove Cemetery Report, circa 1933

The Bachelor Grove Cemetery Report, circa 1933
Nobody knew for sure when the report was published, but the Tinley Park, Illinois,  librarian believed it was in the 1930′s.  She further decided that the short pamphlet had to have been written in 1933, as she remembered it was her first year working in the library system. “We just had a few hundred square... Read more »
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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 »

The Real Face of Chicago

The Real Face of Chicago
Seventy years from now does anybody think that the NATO Summit will be remembered? Or Mayor Rahm?  Or the Occupy Live Spammers? No. The NATO Summit, and the so-called, hoped-for “Chicago Accords” regarding Afghanistan,  will be as meaningful as President Obama’s “Beer Summit”. Just as it has been for the last eighty years or so,... Read more »

See "Live" Torture-- A Groupon Special Offer???

Such a deal allegedly offered by Groupon: for a mere $28 you can take tour of the historic Armory in old San Francisco. Wow, think of the history.  If these old walls could only talk. Turns out they not only talk, but are alive.   The old Armory is the home of “Kink”, which makes... Read more »
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What if Billy Sunday Returned to Chicago?

What if Billy Sunday Returned to Chicago?
Billy Sunday — name sounds made up, but he was as real as real and even got put into a song, which is where most people have heard the name. Frank Sinatra sang that Chicago was a town that even Billy Sunday couldn’t shut down. Who was Billy Sunday, really? Turns out he was a... Read more »
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