Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds
Jul22

Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds

  A time-lapse video of summer afternoon clouds boiling across the Chicago skyline.  Taken from Aqua, visible (left to right) are: 303 East Wacker 680 North Lake Shore Drive Streeter Place River East Center 401 East Ontario Onterie Center Swissôtel Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Wastin’ Away Again In The Windy City
Jun30

Slice of Life: Wastin’ Away Again In The Windy City

Long-time Chicago favorite Jimmy Buffet is on tour again. And while he wasn’t at Wrigley Field last night, he did make it as close as the First Bank Pavilion in Tinley Park. Our own Bill Motchan was in the audience and took this snap of the stage decoration, showing that Jimmy is a downtown Chicago guy at heart. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Sailboats Begin Their Annual Procession to Lake Michigan
May14

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Sailboats Begin Their Annual Procession to Lake Michigan

A sailboat is a hole in the water, into which one throws money. The happiest two days of a sailboat owners life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it. I know most of the wry observations of sailboat owners, as a recovering one myself. It’s hard to deny the calm you feel as the wind whooshes through the sails. Ah, but getting a sailboat to a body of water, that takes a little doing. For Chicagoans, it often means getting...

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Slice of Life: This is How We Fish in Chicago
Apr25

Slice of Life: This is How We Fish in Chicago

It seems that wherever there’s water, there’s someone with a stick and a string angling for dinner. We’ve seen lots of urban fishermen in Chicago, sometimes in unlikely places.  From the edge of Navy Pier to the lagoon behind the Museum of Science and Industry to the stagnant ick near Bubbly Creek where the Illinois and Michigan Canal used to hook up to the Chicago River. But this is the first time we’ve seen...

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Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago
Apr18

Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago

If you haven’t been up to the observatory at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) lately, you may not know that as part of recent renovations, the ceiling has been mirrored. It helps fill the deck with natural light, and also helps make it feel a little taller than it is.  But more importantly, you can take cool pictures with it. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Red on the River
Mar21

Slice of Life: Red on the River

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 North Michigan Avenue), and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) team up to paint the sky red at the junction of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River on a frosty March night. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Why It Keeps Snowing in The Loop
Mar19

Slice of Life: Why It Keeps Snowing in The Loop

Have you ever wondered why it snows so much longer in The Loop than in the rest of the city?  Leaving your apartment in Rogers Park on a perfectly clear morning after a snowy night, you find out that by the time you get to Huron Street, the flakes are falling fiercely. Blame it on lake winds and flat roofs. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park
Mar18

Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park

On an early, snowy spring morning, crews with tiny bulldozers shove huge mounds of snow away from Cloud Gate, making way for the throngs of shivering tourists coming later in the day. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Slice of Life: Saint Patrick’s Celebration on the Chicago River
Mar15

Slice of Life: Saint Patrick’s Celebration on the Chicago River

Cities like Austin and Seattle have a reputation for being “quirky.”  Chicago doesn’t.  We’re broad shoulders, hog butchers, and all that.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. This morning thousands of people lined the Chicago River to watch members of the plumber’s union zip around the pool between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, turning the river green. This form of  Saint...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Most Polite Out of Order Sign
Mar14

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Most Polite Out of Order Sign

Hotels are judged by the service they provide.  A polite bell hop can turn a three-star TripAdvisor review into a five-star TripAdvisor review. So, you’ll have to excuse the staff at the Swissôtel (323 East Wacker Drive) for being used to being deferential.  Even the “Out of Order” sign on a pedway door goes above and beyond to make sure the door doesn’t feel bad. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the...

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