Tag: Chicago

Why I don't miss working as 'holiday help'

By all reports, the roaring economy has made retail stores desperate for seasonal workers, or what used to be called “Christmas help.” This brings back memories of my own adventures working in retail during the holiday season. The first was in the 1980s, when I was an 18-year-old college freshman. I took a job at... Read more »

Taking carriage horses off Chicago's streets is an idea whose time has come

If you’re like me, your heart has ached witnessing horses hauling carriages down congested Mag Mile area streets in the brutal cold of a Chicago winter night, or the scorching heat of summer, and you’ve felt helpless to do anything for these creatures. On Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m., the Chicago City Council Committee... Read more »

Ringling Retired Its Elephants, But Big Cats Still Suffer Under Its Big Tent

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back at the United Center for another Thanksgiving season in Chicago, with “Out of this World.” You may remember that early last year, Ringling announced that after more than a century, it was ending its live elephant act and retiring the long-suffering beasts to sanctuaries beginning in... Read more »
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11/9 I Await You: I've Got Political Ad Fatigue

November 9th can’t get here fast enough for me. I feel this way every election year. It’s because I can finally take my TV off mute when the commercials come on. It’s safe to turn the TV on without a relentless onslaught of back-to-back slimy political attack ads, each more brainless than the last. Is it... Read more »

Time is Running Out for the African Elephant

      At the rate that African elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered, they will become extinct within our lifetimes. Within a decade. The facts are chilling: Every 15 minutes, an elephant in Africa loses its life to poachers, at the rate of 96 a day, up to 50,000 a year. These sophisticated, well-funded, well-organized... Read more »

This Blog-o Says No Blago

He’s baack. Rod Blagojevich will appear in Judge James Zagel’s courtroom via closed-circuit TV today for his resentencing. Supposedly, Blago has a very good chance of getting his original 14-year sentence dramatically reduced. If that’s the case, having already served four years in federal prison he could soon be a free man. No. No, no,... Read more »
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Taste of Chicago: A Non-Meat Eater’s Guide to Carnivore Nirvana

The Taste is upon us once again. After avoiding it like a bad cold for almost a decade, reports that a bunch of new restaurants were joining the stale old lineup of Robinson’s Ribs, Billy Goat and Eli’s Cheesecake piqued my curiosity. Dare I venture back into the belly of the beast? After reading the... Read more »

The Hamilton Mystique

With its conquest of the Tony Awards last week and Chicago tickets hitting the market today, Hamilton fever is in overdrive. Tickets are more precious than gold, reportedly going for upwards of $8,000 on sites like StubHub, according to the latest reports. People are camping on the sidewalk like it was 1985 at the height... Read more »