Category: Chicago

Why a city dweller might prefer to vacation in nature

When the Worldwide Greeter Communication Project recently asked Greeters our travel preferences, seven in ten preferred culture and cities to nature. That’s not surprising, since Greeter programs are in cities, and we Greeters volunteer to show off our cities to visitors.  I was in the 30 percent minority. Don’t get me wrong: If I didn’t... Read more »

An overdue list of pandemic diversions

Since we’re in month 12 of the pandemic, a post suggesting diversions is more than a little late. But until recently, I had not felt bored. Perhaps it’s not only the pandemic but also the usual February doldrums that have me looking for newness now.  Listmaker that I am, I came up with some ideas... Read more »

Chicago led country in creation of neighborhood parks

Note: Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune Flashback had full-page feature by Ron Grossman headlined “Pioneering parks.” I did not copy Grossman’s idea for this post, although it appears that way. I had this piece written on Saturday but held it for my usual Monday posting. Although the timing of Grossman’s article was unfortunate for me, the Tribune’s... Read more »
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Grrr . . . Facebook is needed to rent a Getaround car

What do Facebook and car sharing have in common? I wouldn’t have thought anything until I learned that a Facebook account is needed to use the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround. For the first time in the 15 some years since I gave up a car, I need regular access to a vehicle. And so for... Read more »

Chicago’s “most common” contribution to architecture deserves a tour

In the dozen or so years I’ve been a Chicago Greeter, my tours have stayed near the lakefront — the Loop, the South Loop, Prairie Avenue, Andersonville, Argyle Street, Graceland Cemetery, Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s familiar territory, since I’ve lived within walking distance of the lake for nearly 30 years and rarely venture west of... Read more »

Chatting with a locked-down parent

Many of us likely make lists before important conversations. As a journalist, I would jot down points before interviewing someone to make sure everything important would be covered. But a list to talk to your mother? My mother has been in coronavirus lockdown in an assisted living residence for 11 weeks. No visitors, no leaving... Read more »
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Good time to add to Chicago knowledge

Adding to my Chicago knowledge has been a fun diversion during isolation and a useful activity for a Chicago Greeter. I wish I’d taken notes while watching nine of Geoffrey Baer’s Chicago tours. His more than three dozen programs are available on the WTTW website. I did note new facts learned from Chicago Days: 150... Read more »

Let's not force people to change healthcare plans they like

They say we become more conservative as we age. (Sorry to sound like the harebrained president with that ambiguous “they.”) I don’t know whether I’ve moved right or others have moved left, but I’ve been finding myself not always agreeing with the most liberal positions anymore. I’m aligning more with the moderates than with the... Read more »

Say it ain’t so, Atticus

So, all lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird — I know there are a lot of us; it placed first on PBS’s Great American Read last fall — did you realize that not everyone admires Atticus? Learning that Atticus Finch, the book’s hero, has critics came as a surprise after I finished my umpteenth reread... Read more »
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On architecture and two lighter topics

What do architecture, spelling, and window cleaners have in common? Not much, except this post. Snippets solve the dilemma of not having enough to say on a single topic. ***** ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL OF US Without featuring all kinds of skyscrapers in a city known for its architecture, my Chicago Greeter tours of the Loop... Read more »