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A Minute with Michael

  • A Letter for your Birthday
    Dear United States of America,I understand it’s your birthday in a couple days. I know you’ve been going through some tough times recently. Not that it’s anything new for you. I mean, c’mon, you’ve been going through trouble since July 4, 1…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:53pm -
  • Sitting by the Sea
    “So, what is it,” she asked.“I’m really not sure,” I said, “it’sblue and black and red and gold,with lightning bolts and squirrelylooking swirls scattered all about it.”“Is it alive,” she asked.“I honestly don’t know,” I sai…
    - 8 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 8:04pm -
  • Activation
    Activation,when the blood is roilingin the veins, thick and hot,pulsing in vicious millisecondsthrough the extremities,electrifying every nerveand twitching the muscles.Set off,buy the unkind words,the devilish acts,the hardened hearts,the weak minds…
    - 19 days ago, 18 Jun 20, 8:52pm -
  • The Munch
    There’s an insatiable hungerchewing at the edges of societyI have deemed it, “The Munch”.It’s out there, on the fringe,Munching.The Munch eats everything in itspath, never stopping, relentlesslyfeeding on the joys, miseries andthe cavalcade o…
    - 25 days ago, 12 Jun 20, 3:30pm -
  • I Don't Know
    How I know that I don’tknow? I don’t know. But not knowing isn’t theend. It’s a beginning. Knowing only comes afteradmitting not knowing. Once I think I know, I canthen confirm that I mightnot know after all,which would requiremore admissions…
    - 32 days ago, 5 Jun 20, 6:43pm -
  • Bowling for Fish
    Bowling for Fish,is all the new rage.All the cool kids do it.So I’m standing on the shore,getting the bowlingball from the tackle box.Tossing the ballinto the water,with the hopeof catching abig, fat, fish. A huge splash. Getting my pajamaswet, m…
    - 41 days ago, 27 May 20, 4:33pm -
  • Poet in a Plague
    I’m not sure how tobe a poet in a plague.I don’t know how todescribe the self-isolationwithout sounding self-indulgent. Those of us that are alone,or alone in a crowded house,surely don’t need me to characterizehow it feels, or should feel or h…
    - 81 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 9:01pm -
  • Staying Inside
    Staying inside isn’t so novel,I’ve been doing it for a long timein my respectable hovel.The same walls in my iriswhen there was no virus.The same bland and boring environ,hardly something foreign. The cracks, the peeling paint,the dull light ever…
    - 99 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 7:12pm -
  • The Quest of Sir Harold
                    Harold stood at the edge of the rickety bridge over the ravine. The Wizard had just asked him the passage riddle and Harold had no idea what it meant. This quest. This stupid quest. Another in a long line of pedantic an…
    - 13 Mar 20, 4:45pm -
  • They Said
    Rushing in, out of breath;“Sorry…sorry, (gasp), I knowit’s been a while… (gasp), ugh… sorry… What have I missed,” I asked.“Nothing,” they said.“Nothing? I mean, I haven’t writtenanything in like, weeks and you’re tellingme not…
    - 11 Mar 20, 8:12pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

    Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

    If you watched Star Trek after Svengoolie on channel 26 Saturday night, you learned that jealousy is a terrible thing. But jealousy is also what makes the real estate world go ’round. Your cousin gets a two-flat in Ravenswood, you get a four-flat i…
    - 9 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 10:23pm -
  • A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

    A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

    If you’ve spent any time in the West Loop, you may have had a chance to completely ignore the western side of Union Station. Whether you were rushing to get the 125 bus, headed to Beggar’s for a slice of pepperoni and a nice side salad, or hoofin…
    - 9 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 8:00pm -
  • BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop

    BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop

    Commuters returning to Chicago from the suburbs after The Great Pause will hear some familiar sounds as they emerge from Union Station. The scraping of steel against stone. The squealing of metal tracked vehicles. The occasional Very Loud Bang™ ech…
    - 9 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 6:58pm -
  • Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19

    Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19

    For the second time in two weeks, we get news that a big downtown Chicago construction project has been halted. The Chicago Tribune reports that plans for a $185 million observatory at the top of the Aon Center are on hold because of the pandemic. Th…
    - 14 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 12:13am -
  • Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

    Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

    With more and more people rediscovering their combs, re-learning how to put on pants, and creeping outside again, there is a window of opportunity afoot: The gap between Chicago awakening from its quarantine sleep, and the arrival of tourists from ot…
    - 14 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 11:55pm -
  • Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment

    Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment

    One of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects is chugging away in Chicago’s West Loop.  For the last year, the once-abandoned, century-old Old Chicago Main Post Office building has been filling up with office tenants from PepsiCo to Uber to…
    - 16 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 12:03am -
  • Potential New Chicago Architectural Gem Needs More Time To Shine

    Potential New Chicago Architectural Gem Needs More Time To Shine

    While the vast majority of architectural tourists stick to the wonders of downtown Chicago, there are dozens and dozens of wonderful buildings dusted across the city, from Beverly to Bronzeville to Bucktown and beyond.  You can even find great build…
    - 16 days ago, 21 Jun 20, 11:20pm -
  • While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

    While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

    As life in Chicago transitions from a pre-apocalyptic Stephen King novel to a post-apocalyptic Samuel Beckett play, you may notice some things have changed since most everyone went into hiding. For the most part, the city’s large construction proje…
    - 16 days ago, 21 Jun 20, 10:35pm -
  • Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better

    Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better

    One-point-six million square feet of fallow ground along the lakefront just south of McCormick Place are inching toward rejuvenation, thanks to new paperwork filed at Chicago City Hall. The land between 26th and 31st Streets has been empty since the…
    - 19 days ago, 18 Jun 20, 11:09pm -
  • Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block

    Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block

    It’s “Play ball!” out at 1400 West Monroe Street.  That’s where  construction crews are taking a swing at a new 42-unit condo building with “1400 Monroe” stitched on its jersey. JK Equities says its seven-story building, designed by Boo…
    - 19 days ago, 18 Jun 20, 10:55pm -