Slice of Life: Slice of Chicago

Two photographs of Chicago taken from the same location in Lincoln Park two months apart.  The frame on the right shows where we are.  The frame on the left shows what we have to look forward to. Of course, if I was smart I would have arranged them in chronological order, but I’m...

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Slice of Life: The Boiling Seas

When you were a kid did you have that fantasy about a vein of volcanic magma opening up underneath Lake Michigan and the water boils and makes the world’s largest pot of spaghetti?  Yeah, me too. Here we see the comparatively waters of Lake Michigan boiling into the frigid air on a winter’s morn with Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) silhouetted in the...

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Slice of Life: Snowstorm – January 7, 2010

Walking around town in the snow today with my CrappyCameraPhone™.  It’s very quiet in Chicago.  For a time, I was the only person at Caribou Coffee across from Millennium Park.  Normally, getting a seat here is impossible during daylight hours, let alone at...

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Orange You Glad You’re Not Drinking It?

Autumn is here, and another one of Chicago’s colorful aquatic traditions is underway.  It’s not as dramatic or big or well-celebrated as the greening of the Chicago River, but the oranging of the Daley Plaza fountain is one method of keeping the seasons straight around...

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When the Sky Scrapes Back

For the last five months or so we’ve been staring out the window at the massive edifice that is the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago .  Over the months we’ve grown to appreciate the building that has so drastically altered the city’s skyline.  Especially, the way it plays with light at sunrise and sunset.  But today we saw the Trump Tower play a different game. What you’re seeing in this craptastic...

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Why is a city on a Great Lake afraid of water?

For the last three days we’ve been inundated with television news coverage of the flooding happening in Chicagoland.  There have been plenty of pictures of people being evacuated from their homes because of rising flood waters.  Rescue crews have been mobilized to save these helpless victims from mother nature’s fury. Bullhockey. What’s wrong with these people that they need to be saved from six inches of...

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All cushions accounted for

Last night’s storms were among the wildest we’ve felt since moving to Chicago six years ago.  The tornado alert for Lincoln Park and Montrose harbor was bad enough.  But when round two blew through a few hours later, our building got hit many dozens of times. Things could have been worse, though.  Take a look at the roof of 777 North Michigan Avenue (you may know it as the Wallgreen’s Building at...

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