Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River
Feb11

Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

The second community meeting about Wild Mile Chicago was held recently, and enthusiasm is growing for a project that would have seemed a few McNuggets short of a Happy Meal a decade ago. Anchored on the banks of the Chicago River in the Goose Island area, Wild Mile Chicago envisions a mile-long “eco park” running along, and into, the industrial waterway. Don’t get too excited. This image that’s been circulating...

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Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark
Jun10

Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark

Remember that horrible winter a few years ago?  The one when it was so snowy that Lake Shore Drive froze over, Tom Skilling taught us the word “Polar Vortex,” and thousands of people were convinced to U-Haul it to warmer states?  That was also the winter when Chicago water towers started freezing, including the beloved Swedish flag water tower that used to preside over Andersonville. The Andersonville 87-year-old water...

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Wabbit Season is Over and Streeterville’s Gone to the Dogs
Feb23

Wabbit Season is Over and Streeterville’s Gone to the Dogs

It’s been a week since rabbit hunting season ended in Illinois, but one of Streeterville’s newest residents hasn’t gotten the memo yet. Social media has been ablaze lately with videos of a coyote running around the empty field at the heart of the Chicago neighborhood more commonly associated with jackhammers than jackals. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us an...

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Reminder: This Is Why We Live Here
Jan30

Reminder: This Is Why We Live Here

It’s been a brutal winter.  Things haven’t been this bad since gas was 60¢ a gallon.  Even WGN-TV had a report on the news last night about how to keep on keeping on without putting a bullet in your brain. Then this morning there was a great sunrise. Because I’m a cat owner, I get to involuntarily see every sunrise, and this was the first nice one we’ve had in months.  Apparently, you agree because Loop Spy...

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Slice of Life: Birds With Brains
Dec31

Slice of Life: Birds With Brains

I often hear people call pigeons “rats with wings.”  And while they are considered vermin in an urban habitat, maybe like the rat, they’re quite clever after all. Take this brace of pigeons huddled at at the Madison and Wabash L station.  They could gather anywhere, but have wisely chosen to enjoy the heat lamp, while simultaneously spreading a layer of fresh, slippery poop on the wooden slats around them, ensuring...

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Does a Swale By Any Other Name Clean Chicago So Green?
Oct17

Does a Swale By Any Other Name Clean Chicago So Green?

In urban architecture, swales are all the rage.  Over the last few years there has been an explosion of buildings and public spaces in Chicago using the cleansing power of nature to turn runoff into clean water. Students at a South Loop school are learning about this green building trend thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which has helped them build a “rain garden” (Chicago for “swale”) at...

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A Gloomy End to Summer
Aug31

A Gloomy End to Summer

Summer came to a gloomy end in downtown Chicago, with rain, wind, and fog on Labor Day Weekend. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photo of the fog rolling past the Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) on its way to ruin picnics and barbecues around town. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to...

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Giant Spider Eats Trump Tower.  Or Not.
Oct02

Giant Spider Eats Trump Tower. Or Not.

Remember yesterday’s Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building story?  Same spider.  Different time of...

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Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building.  Or Not.
Oct01

Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building. Or Not.

  Living in downtown Chicago the two constant nuisances you can count on are cup-shaking vagrants, and spiders. Every Spring they emerge from the farm fields of Michigan, shoot silk parachutes out of their butts, and catch a ride to Chicago on the wind.  The spiders, that is.  Not the vagrants. For millions of them, the journey west ends in the eaves, spandrels, and spires of Chciago’s skyscrapers.  They set up shop hundreds of...

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Slice of Life: Spring Goes “Sproing!” in The Loop
Apr19

Slice of Life: Spring Goes “Sproing!” in The Loop

One of our frequent e-mailers sent in this slice of life from Millennium Park, where the flowers are competing for attention with Chicago’s...

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