Category: Community

Millennium Park Was Not a Mistake

Chicagoans can be very short-sighted. While our sensible, practical attitudes usually work in our favor—take, for example, our perfectly gridded streets and the fact that we were able to reverse the flow of the river to avoid swimming in and drinking our own excrement—these attitudes tend to diminish our romanticism, our imaginations, and our risk-taking.... Read more »

The 3 Biggest Offenses on Public Transportation

It’s easy to blame the CTA or Metra for the problems that come with public transportation. How many times have you heard, or voiced, complaints like these: “The trains are never on time!” “It’s so dirty!” “It’s too crowded!” Well friends, as much as I can agree with these complaints, let’s think about these problems.... Read more »

Right Now, All Chicagoans Are Gang Members

Like everyone else’s, my heart breaks for the family and friends of Hadiya Pendleton. All of the gun violence in this city—in this country—is out of control, and each killing feels more and more senseless. This time, I don’t want to talk about gun control; there’s no sense in dialoguing with the type of people... Read more »

Trying and Failing to Find Fun in Warren Park

Trying and Failing to Find Fun in Warren Park
I’m starting to understand the saying, “The thing critics hate most is themselves.” When tasked with the job of critiquing something—whether food, theater, or public spaces—you notice yourself finding the negative in even the most benign subjects. And that’s actually kinda fun for a minute. (Next time you’re in a bad mood, try criticizing a... Read more »

How Not To Be A Jerk in Public Places

I once watched a TV show in which a guy claimed he went briefly to hell. He described a place where angry people fiercely pushed him towards a dark, ominous spot, their shoves growing increasingly violent the closer he got to the darkness. He wasn’t sure what awaited him in the darkness, but dreaded it,... Read more »

Feeling Safe Again in Public Spaces: Reflections on Sandy Hook

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other heartbreaking events like these have forced us increasingly to question our safety in public spaces. While the extensive body scanners, pat-downs, and other security procedures at airports have made us feel marginally safer about flying, these options are not valid for shopping malls, movie theaters, schools,... Read more »