Category: Taking advantage of Chicago

Time for another Chicago to-do list

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about having been to only two of the places on Chicago magazine’s 2018 best of Chicago list. I score better with the self-made list I blogged about in May 2016. Now that I’ve gone to a Chicago Sky game (August 19), all but one of the things on... Read more »

Love pizza? Check out pizza museum

How many different types of pizza have you eaten? According to Kendall Bruns, there are 16 styles of pizza, and Chicagoans can sample all but one of them right here. The 40-year-old Chicagoan will rattle off restaurants serving coal-fired or Neapolitan or whatever pizza style you favor. But don’t expect him to tell you his... Read more »

What does it mean to know a city?

Best of Chicago features — like that in the August Chicago magazine — make me feel I don’t get out enough. Of the 57 places highlighted, I’ve been to two and heard of three others. More than 90 percent of this year’s Chicago bests are off my radar. How is it possible that I’ve lived... Read more »
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Living on the Wabash Arts Corridor

The year I moved to the South Loop, 2013, Wabash Avenue from Roosevelt north about half a mile — the very area where I live — was slated to become an arts corridor. Before then the only tourists likely to go to South Wabash were headed to Buddy Guy’s Legends. An excess of parking lots... Read more »

Chicago Eternal: beautiful photography and a source for Chicago bios

As a Chicago Greeter, I’m always on the lookout for sources of information about the city. My friend Molly recently gave me a newly published one: the coffee-table book Chicago Eternal, featuring graves at 31 Chicago-area cemeteries (32, if you count the Couch mausoleum in Lincoln Park). Assuming that most of the people important in... Read more »

Thoughts for December: the weather and shopping

The carolers at Cloud Gate Friday sang “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” but I doubt that any of us were unhappy that it was warm enough to leave the gloves and hats at home. Christmas was still 3½ weeks away. The snow could wait. The weather the past few days has been such a... Read more »
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Biennial needs more clarity for us laypeople

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, executive director Todd Palmer said in a WTTW interview, is “a kind of hands-on, fun, accessible way to get the public thinking about what’s new in the field of architecture.” Accessibility to the public is a laudable goal, but unfortunately, too many of the exhibits are obscure to me — even... Read more »

Giving Grant Park sculptures a closer look

A few posts ago, I wrote about trying to pay more attention, especially to things in my own backyard. In that spirit, and because it’s the Year of Public Art in Chicago, I took a walk through Grant Park to notice the sculptures I usually pass by. Armed with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read more »

Loyola art museum deserves to be better known

If the key to marketing is finding your niche, the Loyola University Museum of Art has nailed it. But marketing is also about letting people know about you, and LUMA can improve on that score. I never hear people talk about going there. Since my to-do-in-Chicago list includes visiting little-known museums, I went to LUMA... Read more »
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South Shore outing may inspire other “foreign” excursions

Except for Hyde Park, the South and West Sides of Chicago are mostly foreign territory to me. I want to explore them but aren’t sure where it’s safe to venture. But since a couple I know lives happily in South Shore, and since the Stony Island Arts Bank there has received so much publicity, South... Read more »