Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival
Nov30

Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival

There’s a scene from an episode of “Mad Men” where the Draper family has a picnic in an idyllic park setting. As they’re leaving, they toss all their trash directly on the grass. It’s unsettling to watch but it also speaks volumes about how as a society we’ve become a bit more enlightened in the past 50 years. While news of the disappearing polar ice cap is depressing, there are times when you think there may be hope for the planet. I...

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Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier
Feb09

Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier

It seems like lately my friends who live in South Florida have been posting more photos of palm trees and beaches on Facebook. I’m not sure if it’s meant to brighten my day, but as I’m trudging through slush on yet another frigid morning, all the sunny photos do is make me want to scream. Well, so what if southerners are walking around in shorts, dining al fresco and applying sunscreen right now. There’s one thing they can’t do: build...

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SOFA CHICAGO Makes Art And Artists Accessible
Nov09

SOFA CHICAGO Makes Art And Artists Accessible

All too often, art is unapproachable. Walk through a museum and the works are impressive, but it’s difficult to understand the artist’s inspiration. What was the artist trying to say? SOFA CHICAGO is different. The 20th annual fair celebrating Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design took over the east end of Navy Pier last weekend. As I wandered through the exhibit hall, not only was the art accessible, so were the artists. I spoke...

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Pier-cing Lake Michigan
Aug20

Pier-cing Lake Michigan

Navy Pier pierces lake Michigan, next to another man-made spit of land: The Jardine Water Filtration Plant. If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol
May18

Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is stationed at Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) and patrolling the Chicago lakefront during the NATO...

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Week Links: March 16, 2012
Mar16

Week Links: March 16, 2012

Chicago’s version of New York’s High Line Park is going to be a reality.  Exelon, CNA, and Boeing have donated $7 million to make the linear park known as the Bloomingdale Trail happen.  It’s part of Mayor Emmanuel’s big push to improve neighborhood parks. Speaking of neighborhood parks, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that hizzonor is going to spend $290 million on new and improved parks across the city.  In...

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New Navy Pier Plans Stir Some, Leave Others Cold
Feb01

New Navy Pier Plans Stir Some, Leave Others Cold

The Navy Pier Redesign Competition brought plenty of excitement to the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday night, the first of two evenings of presentations by the design teams articulating new visions for the Chicago landmark. The public was able to inspect models of the proposals and glance at television screens flashing renderings. As the start of the program approached, the 300-seat theater was at capacity, and even the overflow...

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Briefly: Another Giant Walgreens, Pier Pressure, Rails+Trails

Following the success of its 40 Wall Street store in New York, Walgreens keeps building giant stores around the country, including a couple in Chicago.  Racked has the goods on the new giant Walgreens going in to the former Borders space at the corner of Broadway and Diversey in Lakeview (2817 North Clark Street). The latest redesign plan for Navy Pier is inching forward.  We’ve lost track of the number of Nacvy Pier redesign...

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Hollywood Blows Up Chicago. Again.

It seems like every month, Hollywood churns out yet another end-of-the-world movie.  Sometimes armageddon doesn’t start in New York or Los Angeles.  It happens on the shores of Lake Michigan. Coming out in July is the latest Transformers movie, called Dark of the Moon.  From what I can tell from the trailer below, it’s about space robots that destroy Chicago.  This is far from the first time Chicago has been destroyed by a...

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