Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden
Dec01

Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden

Another piece of public art is going on display in Grant Park.  It’s a monument to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, and is being paid for by the Chicago branch of the Chopin Foundation. You may have noticed that the part of Grant Park that runs along Michigan Avenue south of the Art Institute of Chicago is divided into little “rooms.”  Each has a garden, or a sculpture, or both.  This new Chopin monument will go...

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Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light
Sep10

Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light

 We don’t normally take pictures of the usual tourist targets.  You’ve seen a million pictures of Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and the like.  But sometimes when the light is just right, you can’t help but whip out the CrappyCameraPhone™ and catch that perfect shot before it’s gone. So, enjoy the picture of the Old Chicago Water Tower () above.  Dozens of locals were inconvenienced so we could block the sidewalk...

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Willoughby Tower Firefighter Memorial

One of the things Chicago does well is honor its police and firefighters.  Especially those who die in the line of duty.  At Chicago fire station #1 (419 South Wells Street), there is a memorial to two firefighters who were killed in one of the Loop’s skyscrapers. It happened about a mile away at the Willoughby Tower (8 South Michigan Avenue) in September of 1981.  One member of a group of firefighters trying to escape a smoky...

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Tuesday Trivia: Illuminating History

Q: What monuments do Chicago, New York, and Houston have in common? A: They all have Lombard Lamps. The one in Chicago is located in Kempf Plaza in Lincoln Square.  If you’re an old-timer, you might remember that this used to be next to the nearby Abraham Lincoln statue, but was moved in 1994. The Chicago lamp has a plaque reading, “Lamps such as this one have been a familiar sight in Hamburg, Germany, sinc 1869,...

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The Bricks of Brickhouse

The Jack Brickhouse monument at Pioneer Court in front of 401 North Michigan Avenue was removed, but the bricks that surrounded it remained. The monument was taken away November 5, 2009 for restoration, and returned a little more than a month later.  Restoring the nine-year-old monument cost $12,000 according to a ChicagoBreakingNewsCenterDontCallUsTheTribune...

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