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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Slice of Life: The Cancer Survivors Garden
May12

Slice of Life: The Cancer Survivors Garden

The first big bloom of the season at the Cancer Survivors Memorial (399 East Randolph Street).

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Slice of Life: Vegetable Alley

This is one of my favorite signs of Spring: Amidei Mercatino getting set up for the season. Amidei Mercatino is an outdoor fruit and vegetable stand tucked into an alley in downtown Lake Forest.  This is a fantastic use for an alley.  It’s remarkable that this business is able to survive in this location that is relatively low-traffic compared with much of the rest of Chicagoland. If it can work in Lake Forest, imagine vegetable...

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Chicago’s Rooftop Pools Are Now Open
Apr16

Chicago’s Rooftop Pools Are Now Open

At what temperature does a pool party turn into a polar bear plunge?  That was the question answered Saturday morning when 22 residents of Alta at K Station (550 West Kinzie Street) braved wind chill and water to open the Chicago rooftop pool season. Though the air temperature was a deceiving 48°, a blowing wind and occasional drizzle made the eighth-floor outdoor pool area atop Alta’s parking garage feel quite a bit nippier,...

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Mother Nature: Spring is Here

I’ve been keeping my eye out for the past few weeks — watching the tulips and crocuses push through the bark mulch of Chicago’s medians and parkways.  I made a phone call to Mother Nature, and these two on South Clinton Street are officially the first two tulips to bloom in Chicago this season.  It happened at 6:42am this past Saturday (April 9), so let the annual riot of Chicago floral color begin! (And let’s...

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