The grandiosity or whiteness of a lie

The third Wednesday of every month is a time for all of the ChicagoNow bloggers to come together, though separated by wards or cities or states, and focus on one topic for an hour. I knew this was coming up today and I knew that I was going to be home on time but then... Read more »

President Obama: The Ultimate Third Wheel

Are you thinking about David Bowie too? Well, I don’t know a bigger David Bowie admirer than my friend David Heffernan. His interest in Bowie lead him to seek out rare albums and find obscure interviews. One interview that DH found with DB shared the singer’s love and admiration for another artist, Scott Walker. Thankfully... Read more »

Tapistry Brewery: Bridgman, Michigan (About 2 Hours from Chicago)

A sip sip here and a sip sip there is the best way to approach a beer flight at the Tapistry Brewery. This small brewery has 18 beers on tap, 19 if you count the Reactor, described as an “Uber-hopped American IPA,” available with and without toasted coconut. The beers pictured from left to right:... Read more »
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Mid-90's: Alive and Well

Working out of my firm’s Chicago office has its perks—really nice colleagues, free M&M’s and being able to meet my oldest friend for a cup of coffee during the middle of the day to hear about her new born baby and her ongoing home renovations. The office isn’t too far from Millenium station but I... Read more »

Thanksgiving for Le Chateaubriand

Would you travel to another continent just for a meal? It’s pretty easy to do in Istanbul, you don’t even need to leave the city to go from Europe to Asia. Would you travel from Chicago to Paris though? When I was a child, I heard stories of my dad’s friend doing this and it... Read more »

From Chicago to Paris: Swords and Flowers

You control what goes on in your home. The 11th is the area of Paris I know best because it is where my friend Scott has lived for 12 years. After having dinner at his place this evening, about a block from the Bataclan theater, the only thing that sticks in my mind after arriving... Read more »
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Forsan et Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit

“Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and write in detail about why it resonates and has meaning for you.” Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. Does that mean anything to you? Many people have offered their translations. Mine is a mix between... Read more »

Bringing Chicago to Paris

Chicago feels wonderful today. The sun is out, the wind is still timid and except for turning the corner onto Oak Street, it hardly appeared as anything more than a breeze. The lake is calm and the Bears are malling the Rams. The family mass at Old St. Pat’s was full of joy. An eight-year... Read more »

Dear Morrissey: A Letter I Would Never Write and A Burden I Would Not Want to Be

Dear Morrissey, I have an assignment to “write a letter to a celebrity convincing them we should become best friends.” First of all, I would not blatantly try to convince anyone of anything of the sort but I often recall the words of Philip Kennedy, OP, sitting in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford,... Read more »
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I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced with Director Khadija al-Salami

My brother told me a story about sitting in the steam room after a workout and a man raising has arms in a yawn/stretch movement and brushing his foot. My brother didn’t trip but not only was he uninterested in the advance, he was bothered by the violation of his privacy. He turned to face... Read more »