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A Minute with Michael

  • Haunted Houses
                    The sign painted over the threshold read, “To Hell”, in bright and bold red lettering. Charlie looked to his right and up at the bent and deteriorated street sign which read, “Good Intentions”. A flickering stre…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Oct 18, 4:49pm -
  • Roadkill
                    Sarah slammed on her brakes and her car skidded to a screeching hard stop. The seatbelt tightened against her chest and she immediately knew she’d have a long bruise. She cursed to herself. The racoon or opossum or wh…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 4:21pm -
  • Checkout Line
                    The checkout line at the supermarket seemed to stretch for miles. Calvin couldn’t understand why there were fifteen checkout aisles, but only two of them were open. He wondered if high school kids even worked at super…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Oct 18, 3:16pm -
  • Vigilance is an Honor
                    “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” This quote, often contentiously attributed to Thomas Jefferson (who may have not said it at all and really may have been said by American Abolitionist and liberal activis…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Sep 18, 4:23pm -
  • Wonderstanding
    The more I understand,the more it makes mewonderstand.Wonderstanding iswhen you get it, you know all about it,but can’t stop thinkingabout it.I wonderstand about my place, my purpose,my wants, desires, andhow to be someone worthyof another’s wond…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Sep 18, 2:48pm -
  • Saying Too Much - Get yours soon!
    I thought it would be fun to show my wee family memebers engaged with my first book, Never Said Enough, https://www.amazon.com/Never-Said-Enough-Poetry-Collection/dp/149970450X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537540849&sr=1-1&keywords=Never+Said+Eno…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Sep 18, 2:42pm -
  • Special Announcement!!!!
    Dear Loyal readers,My Second Book of poetry is now available for purchase. Please see the link below.Thank you all for your continued support!https://www.amazon.com/Saying-Too-Much-Second-Poetry/dp/1727135490/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536762783…
    - 38 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 2:42pm -
  • Scar Stories and Remembering
    Today we remember the lives lost seventeen years ago. We remember the lives that were irrevocably changed. We remember themand do our best to show that life does go on.Uncle Sam absently rubs the scarwhere we were hurt, lost in thought,thinking about…
    - 38 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 9:31pm -
  • Prophecy in Her Eyes
    I search for prophecy in her eyes,some truth about us to be revealed,a signal that this is the one true thingin the world that matters, yet all I seeis sickness, vapid lunacy and conflict.Frosty eyes glittering in a snowy morning,a paled blue, icy an…
    - 45 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 2:57pm -
  • A World
    A World of terror and wonderspinning though an unpredictableand unrepentant universe, looselybound by gravity and hope.We are untethered in mind, perhaps,by soul, yet grounded to the world wehave to call home, surrounded by dangers and desires.We spi…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 2:58pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!

    You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!

    In its most Oprah-riffic maneuver since the great Skyscraper-palooza of 2014, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a slew of new skyscrapers for the Windy City. In a series of votes today, the commission approved plans for 18 new towers for downtown…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Oct 18, 9:30pm -
  • Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
    If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four n…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 18, 5:03am -
  • 808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808

    808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808

    If you don’t remember us reporting on 808 Wells years ago, that’s OK.  This one’s been a long time coming. We last mentioned 808 more than two years ago, when a sales office popped up in the Near North neighborhood. Now called “AMLI 808,”…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Oct 18, 5:10am -
  • 110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories

    110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories

    If you were disappointed that the plan for 110 North Wacker Drive lost its nice setbacks a few months ago, there’s a consolation prize.  Developers Howard Hughes, and Riverside Investment and Development have asked the city if they can add two mor…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 18, 5:47am -
  • O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway

    O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway

    If you’ve ever spent a rainy winter’s eve listening to gospel music on a distant AM radio station, drinking Mr. Pibb out of a Mason jar while putting together a Nancy Drew jigsaw puzzle from Goodwill because your girlfriend left you and took both…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 18, 5:19am -
  • New Paperwork Details the Conditions for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center 

    New Paperwork Details the Conditions for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center 

    Paperwork has been filed that moves the Barack Obama Presidential Center a little closer to reality. The Chicago department of Planning and Development introduced an ordinance that includes master, use, and environmental agreements between the city…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 18, 5:33am -
  • South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents

    South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents

    Southbank, the northern portion of what used to be the Riverline development south of Roosevelt Road, has its first people living in its first residential tower.  People have started moving into The Cooper (720 South Wells Street), a 29-story buildi…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 18, 5:05am -
  • New Chicago Sign Rules Mean Logos Could Appear on Willis Tower, Aon, Hancock, Others

    New Chicago Sign Rules Mean Logos Could Appear on Willis Tower, Aon, Hancock, Others

    Remember when people in Chicago used to claim that the city’s downtown was an ad-free zone when it came to skyscrapers?  That notion has gone the way of Meigs Field, the Red Streak, and Chicago’s massive downtown Oktoberfest parade. According to…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 5:48am -
  • 353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission

    353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission

    River North’s next de-luxe apartments in the sky-ay-ay may rise at 353 West Grand.  The project, which has been in the works since 2013, is finally ready to head to the Chicago Plan Commission for a vote. Canada’s Onni Group is trying to turn th…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 5:47am -
  • Lakeshore East Tower Trio Tipped in Text

    Lakeshore East Tower Trio Tipped in Text

    It looks like the plan to build three new skyscrapers in the northeast corner of Lakeshore East is getting ready to move forward. Ordinance number 2018-7759 has been filed with the city’s zoning committee.  The contents of the ordinance have not b…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 5:01am -