Video Games [Heart] Chicago

A few months ago we wrote about how driving through downtown Chicago is an option in the new video game Need For Speed 2 Shift Unleashed.  After that was published, some of you wrote in to note that Chicago was featured in other racing games like the 1999 Microsoft game Midtown Madness. Now Loop North News has a story about Chicago being featured in the new Ubisoft game Watch Dogs.  Here’s a video of the game in action: The game...

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Week Links: March 2, 2012
Mar02

Week Links: March 2, 2012

In order to declutter this publication a little bit, the “Briefly” segments that were being published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons will now be called “Week Links” and published only Friday afternoons. “What’s weak this week” was already taken. What does a British tabloid think of Chicago?  Check out this review from The Mirror, which includes things you’d expect (Cloud Gate,...

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Mythbusters [heart] Chicago
Feb07

Mythbusters [heart] Chicago

One of our readers was catching up on old episodes of Mythbusters recently when he spotted something interesting — the Chicago skyline. It turns out that in one episode, the sorta-science bunch needed a generic city background for one of its animations, and Chicago got the honor.  You can see Willis Tower, an emasculated Hancock Center, 1 Pru, Chase Tower, and the Aon Center.   There are a couple of non-Chicago buildings in...

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Slice of Life: Eyes in the Skies
Dec21

Slice of Life: Eyes in the Skies

Recently yet another Illinois politician was sentenced to prison time.  It gave me a chance to break out my camera’s longer lens and take some pictures of the TV helicopters circling The Loop. That’s WLS-TV’s “Chopper 7HD” in the photo above.  WMAQ’s “Sky5″ is in the picture below.  Click on either one of them to see the picture in greater detail. WBBM-TV’s helicopter was too far...

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Wilding in the Gold Coast

I received a few e-mail messages this week from people asking why, in light of all the minutae and unimportant things I cover in this blog, I haven’t said word one about the recent attacks by gangs of thugs in Streeterville, the Gold Coast, and the Near North Side. In short, because I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said by others who I consider better, smarter, and faster than me.  I’ve been...

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Mediawatch: WMAQ-TV

A WMAQ-TV live truck parked next to Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan...

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Mediawatch: WMVP

A van for WMVP radio, parked appropriately enough, in front of Ditka’s Restaurant (100 East Chestnut...

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Mediawatch: WGN-TV

A WGN-TV news van is parked in front of the Old Chicago Water Tower (806 North Michigan...

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Hollywood Blows Up Chicago. Again.

It seems like every month, Hollywood churns out yet another end-of-the-world movie.  Sometimes armageddon doesn’t start in New York or Los Angeles.  It happens on the shores of Lake Michigan. Coming out in July is the latest Transformers movie, called Dark of the Moon.  From what I can tell from the trailer below, it’s about space robots that destroy Chicago.  This is far from the first time Chicago has been destroyed by a...

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Mediawatch: WSNS-TV

I’ve never understood my interest in radio and television live trucks, so I won’t try to explain why this is here. It’s a WSNS-TV live truck parked next to Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan...

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