Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606
Oct13

Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606

If you haven’t been up to The 606 yet, the weather is still pleasant enough for a stroll above the busy streets. And now, there’s more public art to enjoy. A new installation of artist Chakaia Booker’s Brick House 2015 has just been completed. The large sculpture is made of rubber tires, rubber and stainless steel. You can find it at the Damen Arts Plaza, a few blocks west of Milwaukee and North Ave. on Damen Ave. Further west, at the...

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A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban
Feb27

A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban

There were no TV crews at the Grant Park Advisory Council & Conservancy meeting on Thursday night. Not like a month ago when the agenda included the park’s dog ban—a move that generated considerable resident and media heat. No, the fourth estate has moved on, attracted to the next shiny object. In fact, the audience of locals was quite a bit smaller this time as well. The only thing I witnessed that might pass for canine activism...

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Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs
Jan28

Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs

Maggie Daley Park Field House was packed with residents and the media last night for a public meeting hosted by the Grant Park Conservancy & Advisory Council. The crowd sat politely for the first hour as Bob O’Neill, president of the conservancy, ticked off the park’s big accomplishments during 2014. There was nary a peep when Bob Raymond, director of planning and construction for the Chicago Park District, described the...

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Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation
Jul10

Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation

As the Summer of 2012 plods on, we’re inching closer and closer to the biggest construction project in Grant Park in many years — the replacement of the entire northern portion of the park. Nearly the entire park north of East Monroe Street will be removed for this project.  The trees will be cut down.  The flowerbeds and shrubs bulldozed, and even the dirt itself stripped away to reveal the roof of the parking garage below. The...

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Italian Pride on the South Side

In one of the few remaining slivers of Little Italy not destroyed by a Mayor Daley, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, there is a place called Piazza DiMaggio. Much has been written over the years about the wholesale demolition of this formerly ethnic neighborhood, so I won’t go into it .  But if you do venture down to Taylor Street, you’ll find the piazza, and a statue of its namesake in the middle, as well as one...

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Slice of Life: What Summer Looks Like

A small child races across what must seem like 100 miles of 100° sand to reach the cooling waters of Lake Michigan.  It’s a scene repeated at beaches all across the Midwest, but this scene is from down the road at Michigan City,...

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Some Day I’ll Walk Along the River
Jun27

Some Day I’ll Walk Along the River

  On July 28, 2009 I posted a brief here lamenting the fact that I hadn’t yet made it down to check out Chicago’s then-new riverwalk underneath the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Guess what?  Two years later, I still haven’t!  Even though I lived just a few blocks away! But at least here’s some updated photographs. The Chicago Riverwalk The Chicago...

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Garden in a City in a Garden

Often there doesn’t seem to be much horto in Chicago’s urbs unless you live along the lakefront. Even in neighborhoods as close as the West Loop, such iconic city amenities as a park bench are in tragically short supply. One of the few places a person can sit and enjoy summer in the city without being required to purchase a beverages is the plaza in front of Riverside Plaza (2 North Riverside Plaza).  It’s a...

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Slice of Life: An Aisle of History

A gently sloping walkway surrounds people with the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, at Canal Origins Park at 2701 South Ashland Avenue where the I&M once connected the Chicago River with points east. Today, the former canal confluence has been filled in and capped by an industrial...

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The Irresistible Z-Pod

Regular readers of this blog will remember that within hours of architect Zaha Hadid’s pavilion being unveiled at Millennium Park, people were stepping all over it, leaving sneaker prints in something that took other people months of hard work to create. The solution was to put up barriers to remind people not to destroy things that don’t belong to them.  From what we can see, a stronger reminder is needed because...

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