Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago
Jan01

Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago

Today, freshly spaded from the archive is a photograph of the Chicago skyline taken on a quiet, somber morning from Lincoln Park January 1st, 2010. Even the squirrels were nursing hangovers. Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park, January 1, 2010...

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10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)
Aug07

10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)

Once upon a time, the West Loop was an ugly duckling, home to warehouses, meatpackers and little else. Those days are long gone. Nowadays, developers are grabbing up any open space for condos and apartments in the West Loop, with amenities like artisanal cheese-making classes and dog therapists for hipster canines with self-esteem issues. (Actually, I made both of those up, but folks at LG Development, if you’re reading this,...

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Scraping the Sky Before There Were Skyscrapers

Chimneys were Chicago’s first skyscrapers.  But as the modern-day version moved in, the factories moved out.  Still, there are plenty of fascinating chimneys around the city.  They don’t belch as often as they used to, but they still stand tall.  Someone could make a nice coffee table book out of chimneys.  For the life of me, I can’t remember where I shot this one.  I suspect it’s in the Lincoln Park, or...

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Folk Art That Keeps the Folks Out

 Some homes in Chicago are filled with art on the inside.  Some keep their art on the outside, and share it with the neighborhood. One of the more unusual artistic expressions I’ve noticed in Chicgao are what I call “art walls.”  There’s probably a correct name for them, but I didn’t study art in college.  Essentially, it’s a folk art form of expression often involving hand-built walls in front of...

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Slice of Life: Lincoln Park is a Gas

With concerns about the environment and the economy, you’d think that gas lamps would have gone the way of the buggy whip.  But there are a number of them alive and burning in Chicago.  I’ve seen a few in the Gold Coast, in the streets behind the Cardinal Francis George’s* home, and a few others in Hyde Park. This one isn’t on a home, but is actually one of a pair illuminating a street in Lincoln Park.  Sadly,...

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Saving the Cabrini Chapel

With the demolition of Columbus Hospital now complete, all that is left standing is the Cabrini Chapel. For those of you who don’t know, the chapel was originally planned to be demolished along with the 97-year-old hospital and some other nearby buildings to make way for the much-advertised Lincoln Park 2520 condo block.  But now the chapel has received a reprieve. The hospital was founded by Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini,...

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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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Status Update: Lincoln Park 2520

Though it’s been downsized, things appear to be moving full speed ahead at Lincoln Park 2520 (2520 North Lakeview Avenue). More...

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