Archive for August 2011

August 31, 2011 : Jim Marcus

August 31, 2011 : Jim Marcus
Chicago is a city I can learn things from. This is something I considered at 7:30 this morning at a Humboldt park ATM But learning is fundamentally an uncomfortable, abrasive, and unappealing enterprise. And despite what parents chide in matter-of-fact voices on the linoleum floors of kitchens in every milk-splashed corner of the world it... Read more »

August 30, 2011 : Susan Credle

I don’t know Irv, but he greets me every morning on my walk to work, rain or shine, with a big, generous “hello.” Thankfully today, August 30, 2011, it is 75 degrees, low humidity with a gentle breeze. Chicagoans were right when they told me a few glorious days between June and October would bring... Read more »

August 29, 2011 : Brian Moschel

August 29, 2011 : Brian Moschel
Walking outside this morning I noticed the distinct smell of Fall. I’m not even sure how to describe that odor, but you can’t miss it. Its like a tiny crispness in the air that tells me in a foreboding voice: “Enjoy this for a few more days”. Fall in Chicago is my favorite season. Fall... Read more »
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August 28, 2011 : Christine Whitley

August 28, 2011 : Christine Whitley
Sunday Breakfast is my favorite thing about Chicago and my favorite thing about Sunday. Edgewater, my neighborhood, has some of the best places on earth for breakfast: A fact that I typically fail to appreciate until I’m visiting other places where the options are Kitschy Chain Restaurant A or Kitschy Chain Restaurant B. Do I... Read more »

August 27, 2011 : Mary Chris Jaklevic

August 27, 2011 : Mary Chris Jaklevic
“I think if you were to ask most of these kids what their favorite day of the year was, block party would be right up there with birthdays and Christmas.” – my neighbor Amy Tillotson 6:27 a.m. Six-year-old enters parents’ bedroom and asks, “Is it time for the block party yet?” 8:45 a.m. Bounce house... Read more »

August 26, 2011 : Chris Brown

August 26, 2011 : Chris Brown
The image in this post is a perfect summation of the day and my current personal state.  Everyone has had one of those days where the stars sort of align and everything comes together (be it positive or negative).  Well let’s quickly recap my day. 5:15a.m. – Daily alarm goes off. Time to go to... Read more »
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August 25, 2011 : Matt Maroni

August 25, 2011 : Matt Maroni
The day starts early, a screaming alarm clock and a blackberry buzzing. It only starts early because the night before was late. But it’s the life of an entrepreneur that allows for the days and weeks to fly in love of the game.  The game that you ask of, the restaurant game and being able... Read more »

August 24, 2011 : Gabe McDonough

August 24, 2011 : Gabe McDonough
Here’s what went into my ears (for better or worse) at 35 W. Wacker today: Chairlift Something LP — DIGGING it. Singer Caroline Polachek is singing more upfront now and “I Belong in Your Arms” is a massive synth pop hit. Danny Brown “Monopoly” — I’m about 15 years too old to catch a vibe... Read more »

August 23, 2011 : Ellen Tsay

August 23, 2011 : Ellen Tsay
How many people do you think are in the city of Chicago? It could be a trick question, if you wanted it to be. Let’s break it down for just a single day. Today, I saw two guys in black suits and black shoes and black laptop cases, sweating under the August sun but pretending... Read more »
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August 22, 2011 : Benjamin Van Loon

August 22, 2011 : Benjamin Van Loon
Monday is perfect day for bullets. I’ll lay them out here in chronological order. (The label reads: Take 30 minutes after a heavy meal; blend with water, whiskey, Seinfeld re-runs.) • I am plunging into infinite terror and saved by a cell-phone alarm clock. I beseech the Holy Trinity (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon) for adjudication, fresh cereal,... Read more »