Slice of Life: A Tree Grows in Chicago

It’s always amazing how nature constantly tries to reclaim what was once its domain.  Witness this little green sprout in front of the Anne Fontaine store at 909 North Michigan Avenue.  A tree is trying to establish itself in a tiny patch of dust washed into the corner of a Gold Coast gutter.  The chances it will survive the winter are pretty close to zero unless steam from the sewer keeps it warm, but I wouldn’t count on it.

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