Posts in category "Chicagoist"

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?
Yesterday, I read Dahleen Glanton’s column titled MLK speech rings loud in 2016 on page 2 of the Chicago Tribune.  It was an interesting read discussing today’s Chicago, the lack of opportunity in certain neighborhoods and how historical segregation in Chicago has led to two starkly different Chicagos.  She writes: In “good” neighborhoods, residents are... Read more »

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.
There is a certain magic of being at Wrigley Field.  It is hallowed ground.  I’ve been there on nights of big games and you can feel ghosts.  Maybe it’s the smoke from rooftops across Sheffield, but I can feel Cubs heroes and legends past.  They are over our shoulders watching alongside with us, hoping like... Read more »

Why I’m done with self-centered, injury prone Derrick Rose

Why I’m done with self-centered, injury prone Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is injured.  That sentence is used as often as: Illinois governor on trial; government shutdown; Karen Lewis yells at mayor; and pension payments fall short.  I should be used to seeing “Derrick Rose injured” by now as it happens in Chicago more often than snow, but I’m still sore over it.  I was... Read more »
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Taxes, education and violence: Is it time to leave Chicago for the suburbs?

Taxes, education and violence: Is it time to leave Chicago for the suburbs?
Is it time to move out of the city of Chicago?  Are you raising a family in the city of Chicago?  Is it time to leave?  Is it time to move to Evanston?  Maybe you’re thinking Oak Park, Evergreen Park or Berwyn?  Maybe Park Ridge?  Have you had enough?    Have you started your pros and... Read more »

Chicago Cubs fans: It’s time to bring Steve Bartman home

Chicago Cubs fans: It’s time to bring Steve Bartman home
Chicago Cubs and playoffs in the same sentence!  I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but its September 10th and the Cubs are 8.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the second wildcard playoff spot (after a tough loss yesterday).  But for me right now, it’s less about the playoffs—and I’m excited... Read more »

Derrick Rose wearing “I can’t breathe” shirt in warmups makes “Jim in Naperville” uncomfortable

Derrick Rose wearing “I can’t breathe” shirt in warmups makes “Jim in Naperville” uncomfortable
Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose wore a shirt during warm-ups last night that read: “I can’t breathe,” the last words of Eric Garner before a New York City police officer squeezed the life out of him. The morning after Rose wore the shirt, I drove to the grocery store while callers on The Score... Read more »
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I’m a Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers

I’m a Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers
I am a Chicago Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers. I said it. Admittedly, I’m not certain if my failure to hate the Packers makes me a bad Chicagoan.  It very well may.  I think it’s a mortal sin to put ketchup on a hot dog.  Is it just as bad... Read more »

Chicago Cubs versus White Sox: The tension continues on Father’s Day

Chicago Cubs versus White Sox: The tension continues on Father’s Day
Sunday, June 15, 2014 is a big day in my household; one I have dreaded since my son was born five and a half years ago.  Yes, it is Father’s Day, but considering we fathers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the parental unit, my breakfast in bed will happen if I leave home, stay in... Read more »

Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is a must see—says this Neanderthal

Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is a must see—says this Neanderthal
Saturday night, my wife Amy and I went to see Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet.  One word describes it: Fantastic. I am going well outside my comfort zone as I am certainly NOT a ballet critic.  But, I enjoyed it so much, I thought it appropriate to write a few words about it.   Starting at... Read more »
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Is it easier raising children in the suburbs?

Is it easier raising children in the suburbs?
It has been just over three months since my family moved from Chicago’s northside to the northern suburbs.  I used to joke that as I aged, the farther north I would move.  From Lakeview  to Uptown to Lincoln Square, I now finding myself in the northern suburbs; that recent jump was much larger than the... Read more »