Slice of Life: Fighting The Fog

Navy Pier is overwhelmed by fog on this March...

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Slice of Life: Purple Rain

A heavy snow followed by a bright sunny spell is the perfect recipe for rain if you happen to be in the Loop and walking under the elevated tracks.  You may need to click on the picture to enlarge it enough to see the shower of freshly melted snow raining down through the train...

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Slice of Life: Three Chicago Things

Three things remind me most of Chicago when I’m away — historic architecture, the CTA, and snow.  This shot of the historic Water Tower (806 North Michigan Avenue) and the Pumping Station (163 East Pearson Street) across Michigan Avenue puts those three elements together. Though Chicago is more of a cold city than a snowy city, we have exceeded our average snowfall by more than ten inches so far this...

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Slices of Life: February 9, 2010 Winter Storm

A few scenes of the snow around town.  Click any of the pictures to enlarge...

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Slice of Life: Living Off The Land

A group of people sift through the leaves underneath a tree in a Chicago public park.  There are probably lots of things you can eat in the city’s parks.  In New York, the city actually had tours that show you all the edible things in Central Park.  I don’t know if there’s a similar tour available in Chicago. I also don’t know what kind of nuts or fruits or berries they were gathering.  They...

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Slice of Life: The Boiling Seas

When you were a kid did you have that fantasy about a vein of volcanic magma opening up underneath Lake Michigan and the water boils and makes the world’s largest pot of spaghetti?  Yeah, me too. Here we see the comparatively waters of Lake Michigan boiling into the frigid air on a winter’s morn with Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) silhouetted in the...

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Slice of Life: Snowstorm – January 7, 2010

Walking around town in the snow today with my CrappyCameraPhone™.  It’s very quiet in Chicago.  For a time, I was the only person at Caribou Coffee across from Millennium Park.  Normally, getting a seat here is impossible during daylight hours, let alone at...

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The Sign-Eating Tree

Charlie Brown had an ongoing battle with a particular kite-eating tree.  Well, ol’ Chuck better stay away from the Astor Street District.  There, the trees eat signs. My memory is a little foggy about where this tree is, but I suspect it’s just north of the Ambassador East Hotel (1301 North State Parkway). This isn’t the first tree revenge we’ve posted here.  Last month we showed you a tree...

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Park District to Burn Lincoln Park

Bad things happen in nature.  The cute and fuzzy are eaten by the ugly and toothy.  Sometimes the cutest penguin gets left behind.  And every once in a while Mother Nature sets things on fire. The Chicago Park District has worked hard to restore patches of the city’s parks to what they used to be — Illinois prairie.  In the hum and thrush of summer they are fascinating places to sit and watch nature at...

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Slice of Life: Silent Running

Chicago’s broad skyline and still harbor waters welcome boaters gliding across Lake Michigan on a beautiful...

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