Archive for July 2011

July 31, 2011: Kevin Lynch

July 31, 2011: Kevin Lynch
The Hartwell sits on a beautiful, tree-lined, residential stretch of Paulina Street in Andersonville.  It’s home to people with Alzheimer’s, though they describe it more politely as “those with memory limitations.” This is where my mom lives. Now, there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t find inspiration in this city. Yesterday was... Read more »

July 30, 2011: Marisa Ruiz

July 30, 2011: Marisa Ruiz
It’s 1 a.m. on Saturday morning and I’ve found myself in the middle of Chicago hipster habitat. I’m at a loft party in Ukrainian Village where local DJs and bands are rocking out a dark room that has been transformed into hipster paradise. Long strings have been hung across the wooden ceiling with glow-stick bracelets... Read more »

July 29, 2011: Fruzsina Eordogh

July 29, 2011: Fruzsina Eordogh
It’s finally Friday and I am begrudgingly enjoying a cancer stick on my condemned back deck on the northwest side of Chicago. It is muggy and the sun is hot with no traces of this week’s lightning storms. I cannot wait for this workday to be over – despite nearly two months at my new telecommuting job,... Read more »
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July 28, 2011: Nadia Torres

July 28, 2011: Nadia Torres
I’m sure you’ve noticed them. I mean, how could you not? If you’re walking down Clark, there’s about fifteen of them on one block.  It’s the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m talking about frozen yogurt shops. That’s right, FROZEN YOGURT. They’re little pop-up shops that operate solely during the summer... Read more »

July 27, 2011: Kathy Benson

July 27, 2011: Kathy Benson
As I drove home from dropping my seven year old son and one of his friends off at day camp this morning, with my one year old daughter strapped into her car seat in the back of our minivan, I passed Solider Field, looked out my window at the beautiful Museum Campus on Chicago’s lakefront... Read more »

July 26, 2011: Lauren Kaminsky

July 26, 2011: Lauren Kaminsky
Today began as all my days do: with a Diet Coke.  It’s not a healthy addiction, but it’s mine. Of course, like all suburban commuters, I also had a long dose of sitting in traffic, contemplating just how dangerous it is to check my Google reader stopped at a red light. I didn’t. Instead, I... Read more »
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July 25, 2011: Chris Burns

July 25, 2011: Chris Burns
For the longest time, I was one of those people that said the whole dry heat vs. humid heat argument was total bullshit. I mean, I spent my entire life living in places where hot and humid were about as inseparable as Jake & Elwood Blues. It’s not like I hadn’t ever experienced a dry,... Read more »

July 24, 2011: Larry Andersen

July 24, 2011: Larry Andersen
When I first signed up for this exciting project I was the old guy in Wicker Park, sitting on the porch, drinking either a large glass of gin or equal amount of scotch, watching the hip “kids” stroll by endlessly on their way to some place cool I would never see nor understand. And I... Read more »

July 23, 2011: Bryan Campen

One half of the day was spent wrestling my three-year-old son and introducing him to The Rolling Stones. The List of Songs Our Toddler Danced To and Attempted to Sing: Brown Sugar Can You Hear Me Knockin It was eerie seeing how quickly he learned to dance like Jagger simply listening to Under My Thumb.... Read more »
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July 22, 2011: Elisa Shoenberger

On the train this morning, I worked on memorizing my poetry for the First Ward Ball at the end of July. Two corrupt alderman of the vice district, Hinky Dink Kenna and Bathhouse John, used to host the ball at the turn of the century. My boyfriend, Scott Priz, and This is Not a Studio... Read more »
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