Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline
Jan29

Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: while Chicago has had some dang cold days in January, it’s been a mild Winter of 2016 so far. And while you’ll never see the elbow-to-elbow crowds like North Avenue Beach draws during the summer months, there are still those in Chicago who insist on venturing outdoors for fun, even as wind chills dip below freezing. Chicago has two ice skating venues perfectly located for tourists...

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Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere
Nov06

Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere

  Chicago survived the overnight closures while crews installed beams for the new Jane Byrne Interchange Flyover this summer, but there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done throughout the complicated junction. Not only does the Flyover itself need to be completed, but there’s also the matter of reconnecting the Dan Ryan to Congress Parkway, rebuilding what will be the north-bound lanes of the Halsted Street bridge...

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Slice of Life: Roofline Roosters

The expression “bird brained” is supposed to be an insult.  But these pigeons gathered together at the apex of the Saint Matthew Methodist Church roof (1000 North Orleans Street) on a cold winter morning are smart enough to know two things — heat rises, and churches are notorious for having drafty, vaulted...

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Slice of Life: Invisible Nuclear History

It looks like just another athletic field now, but this was the location of one of the most important events in human history.  Some liken it to the development of speech, or the discovery of fire, or the invention of the wheel. I’m no scientician, so I’ll quote the Manhattan Project entry from Wikimopedia: The first major scientific hurdle of the project was solved on December 2, 1942, beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field...

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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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Slice of Life: Graffiti Blasters

It’s hard to say who was the first person to describe the mayor’s personal aides as “henchmen.”  But who knew that some of hizzonor’s specialized teams have superhero names like “Graffiti Blasters.”  This city truck was spotted in River North not too long ago.  It makes me wonder if there are CDOT trucks labeled “Mayor Daley’s Pothole Bashers” or health department trucks...

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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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