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A Minute with Michael

  • Politics is a Poke in the Eye
    Politics is a poke in the eye.While driving a speed boat.Through shark infested waters.At night.My eye has been poked.It’s irritated.The seas are choppy.The boat is slapping through the waves.There’s blood in the water.I want to keep driving thou…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 4:14pm -
  • A Minute on a Soap Box
                    (Gets up on Soap Box)PBS recently blew my mind with an episode of American Experience. This recent episode discussed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. An event in American History conveniently left out of my history cu…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 9:21pm -
  • A Lifetime to Learn
    Life is a struggle,negotiating daily with the pains, aches and assaultsto our senses.Wrestling with theunknown parts of ourselves,the known, and the matterin between. Teetering between madnessand joy, we pick our battles,sometimes we win,sometimes we…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Jun 18, 2:47pm -
  • Let's Talk about Words, Baby.
    Words are charged withan exceptional amount of power.They can move the planet if used properly. From the strongestwords to the mildest, they have rawpower. There have been famous words,heard by every school child and adult, so a piece of our collecti…
    - 25 days ago, 30 May 18, 6:43pm -
  • The Tree
    “See that tree there,” said the old man.“Which tree,” I asked.“The one with the lopsided broken branch resting on the ground. In the clearing,” he replied.                I looked across the road in the direction the old ma…
    - 34 days ago, 21 May 18, 5:27pm -
  • Too Many Poems About This
    Another pile of wordsto fall on deaf ears.Like cordwood nextto afuneral pyre.Picket signs stackednear the trashafter the protest.The avalanche alreadydown themountain side.The seas recedingafter the Tsunami.After the fact,we react,without proact. Nec…
    - 37 days ago, 18 May 18, 5:57pm -
  • Running Out of Steam
    The giant paddle wheels turned through the muddywaters of the Mississippi asdragonflies zipped through the humid air. In the thick forests along thewatery banks, cicada’s buzzedin their urgency to mate, as soonas possible, before they have todie.Th…
    - 41 days ago, 14 May 18, 7:25pm -
  • The Denials of Icarus
    I was not flying too closeto the sun. It was a manufacturing defect.I wasn’t there.I didn’t even know Daedalus.My father was on Crete at thetime of the alleged incident.I did not crash into the Icarian Sea.It’s only coincidence that it has the…
    - 47 days ago, 8 May 18, 8:03pm -
  • The Ruin of Matilda Pepperstance
                    Carolyn closed her book and sighed. She’d finally read her way through though all 18 books by her favorite author, Matilda Pepperstance. Carolyn arched her neck toward the cavernous ceiling of the public library and r…
    - 59 days ago, 26 Apr 18, 5:09pm -
  • Isn't it Outrageous
    It’s outrageous this outragethat has raged for so long,outraging the outrageousrage. Appalled at the apathy,apathetically appallingactionable angst, antithesesto amity and amiability.Broke down broken hearts,beating in bullrings ofbombastic blather…
    - 67 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 4:15pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • If You Believe in Chicago, Rahm Has a Bridge to Sell You — No, Really

    If You Believe in Chicago, Rahm Has a Bridge to Sell You — No, Really

    How Chicago are you? Sure, you’ve got a game ball you caught in the cheap seats at Wrigley Field.  Yes, you have all 5,600 Studs Terkel WFMT recordings on your iPod .  You even have the CTA map shower curtain.  But do you have a Chicago bridge o…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 5:15am -
  • Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

    Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

    Seventeen years after its last renovation, the CTA’s Garfield Green Line station (320 East Garfield Boulevard) is getting another makeover.  Starting now. Ground was recently broken on what is called the Garfield Gateway project.  We first repor…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jun 18, 5:20am -
  • 353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.

    353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.

    Last week we told you that the residential skyscraper planned for the corner of Grand and Orleans in River North is back on.  Tonight we find out if it’s on like a lunch date with your mom, or on like Donkey Kong.  Whatever that means. Onni is th…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 5:35am -
  • No Need To Worry About That $175 Million Bill For Obama Center Roadwork

    No Need To Worry About That $175 Million Bill For Obama Center Roadwork

    Just when you thought the State of Illinois didn’t have two spare pennies to rub together, Springfield is sending a big fat gym bag full of cash to the Windy City to help make its former hometown President’s project a reality. The state, which wa…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 5:06am -
  • New Chicago Office Building to be Aggressive on Being Passive

    New Chicago Office Building to be Aggressive on Being Passive

    An ecological building idea born in the United States in the 1970’s, then refined in the colder regions of Europe in the 2000’s, is coming home to Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The new building being put up by Gold Coast real estate develop…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 3:25am -
  • Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed

    Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed


    - 13 days ago, 11 Jun 18, 8:30pm -
  • Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank

    Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank

    We were going to make a bunch of silly puns about barrels of monkeys, or being over a barrel, or fish in a barrel, but we won’t.  Except for that one in the headline about rolling out the barrel.  That was clever. In case you don’t know, “coo…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 3:52am -
  • Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 

    Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 

    The new Near West Side condo block going up at 900 West Washington is rapidly approaching completion.  900 West is expected to have its first new residents move in by the end of the summer. The 10-story building designed by Northworks Architects an…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 2:27am -
  • More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago

    More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago

    A recent fad in retailing is getting a big expansion in downtown Chicago.  Related Midwest is going to open a miniature shopping mall made of shipping containers. You may recall in 2013, Starbucks opened a coffee shop in Rogers Park that was built o…
    - 20 days ago, 5 Jun 18, 3:10am -
  • Construction Update Two-Fer: Vista and Bennett

    Construction Update Two-Fer: Vista and Bennett

    As Chicago’s skyline transforms itself once again, it’s easy to get a little crick in your neck looking up all the time.  So, instead it’s better to look out. As in this view looking out from NEMA Chicago, taken by Joe Zekas of YoChicago! last…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Jun 18, 5:13am -