Summer Inspiration
Jun20

Summer Inspiration

Tonight begins Summer.  So, here’s a picture from December of 2011, showing the West Loop intersection of South Jefferson Street and West Monroe Street during a snowstorm.  This should be your motivation to not squander this...

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A Call To Burned, Sticky, Insect-Bitten Arms

Get outside this weekend.  Eat an Italian ice on a sticky park bench while the bees hover.  Slide down a too-hot metal slide on your stomach and burn your arms.  Stand in a weed-choked lot and listen to the insects buzz in the heat. Then remember that soon enough, we’ll be back to the scene above (Michigan Avenue in a snowstorm), and you’ll yearn for the days of sticky benches, burning slides, and buzzing...

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Slice of Life: The Taste of Summer

  This is what we need today.  With temperatures in the 90’s, and swamp-like humidity, a little ice cream would really hit the spot.  This Good Humor man was spotted near Riverside Plaza, but there are plenty of mobile purveyors of frozen treats in Chicago, especially in the city’s Mexican neighborhoods. You may notice the old-fashioned style of the ice cream truck.  The Good Humor company recently changed its...

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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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Start Your Road Trip Here

If you’re thinking about taking a summer road trip, consider Route 66.  Made famous by a TV show you’ve never seen, the “Mother Road” has attained legendary status through pop culture references in music, movies, and television. A luck would have it, Route 66 starts in downtown Chicago.  There’s even a sign for it near the intersection of East Adams Street and South Michigan Avenue.  If you have enough...

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Slice of Life: Memories of Summer

A suburban ice cream company had a brilliant idea this past summer.  It sent a couple of old-fashioned ice cream trucks to prowl Michigan Avenue.  The wave of nostalgia was too much to resist for some tourists who felt their hearts beat like children again as they rushed to greet the ice cream...

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