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A Minute with Michael

  • I Almost Slipped Today
    The silent settling snowsetting snares for smoothsoled shoes. Sidewalksurfaces slathered slicklyso solid standing is suspect.Sneaky snow, smotheringstreets, slyly supplantingsteadiness with slips, spins,and sliding. Sordid and spectacular,snows, slop…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 19, 4:54pm -
  • Hep Cat Pariah
    Squaresville man, that’s right,the place between the head andthe heart, where fiery passions aredoused with reason and accountability.“Oh no, man! That place is a drag. A real bummer and not forthe truly hip at heart. I’m an artistman,” you d…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 7:24pm -
  • I Finally Got Around to St. Valentine's Day
                    I still say, “Happy Saint Valentine’s Day”, instead of “Happy Valentine’s Day”, because I think there should be a difference between a made-up Hallmark Holiday like “Bacon Appreciation Day”, or “Hug a…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 10:05pm -
  • Memory Lane
    The strange road of memorytwists through the landscapeof my mind this morning.Switchbacks and sharp turns ofremembrances stinging my eyesas I try to focus on the road ahead.Memories like snowflakes fallingon the windshield; I bat themaway with a quic…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 5:44pm -
  • Blurt
    Blurt. That’s what I’m callingtoday’s piece.Blurt.Because there’s so muchto say in a rapid ravenous rapacious way, that the onlyway to say it is to blurt it out.I’ve been unable to write asof late, due to life and it’s annoying trappings…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Feb 19, 4:46pm -
  • Too Cold for A Long Title
                    A cloud of human vapor plumed above the commuter crowd. It hung in the frigid air like some abstract art installation.  Winter had arrived and it was the foremost thought on everyone’s mind. It was damn cold. The com…
    - 28 days ago, 25 Jan 19, 5:22pm -
  • Stop the Ride
    I’m unsure how to stop this ride.I’ve been spinning for years.I’ve thrown-up so many timesit’s become a part of who I amnow. I’m the spinning vomit guy.The ride, I got on it against my will,thrown on through curious lines ofdestiny and fate…
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 4:41pm -
  • Marching On
    So they marched,dead-eyed in a steady,silent parade. Leaving nothing behind,looking forward to nothing.In step with one another,shoulder to shoulder,headed toward the misty fogthickening on the horizon,blocking out the Sun.Faces screwed tight in stoi…
    - 36 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 4:36pm -
  • Idiots
    Irritating idiocy irkingevery instance. Iconoclasts and Ironsides,insulting each in incongruousintonations. I, incensed, ink it intomy insides; indexed anditemized. Insured againstinevitable irresponsibleinsurrection. Idiots. Imbecilic, impotent,inco…
    - 45 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 4:46pm -
  • The Vastness Within
    Did you know on New Year’s DayNASA’s New Horizons spacecraftpassed an object 4 Billion milesaway from Earth? That’s beyondPluto and into the Kuiper Belt.Only the Voyager Missions have traveled further out beyond ourSolar system. Voyager One bei…
    - 50 days ago, 3 Jan 19, 3:48pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Team Retreat Available for Architects, Designers, Artists

    Team Retreat Available for Architects, Designers, Artists

    Sometimes we all need a break from the workplace while still working.  For Olympic skiers, it’s a new mountain. For cops, it can be a different beat. For day traders it’s the Starbucks on Rush Street. If you have a team at your firm that needs t…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 19, 6:15am -
  • In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

    In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

    People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 19, 4:30am -
  • Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

    Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

    Chicago loves architecture history. But it has a bad habit of tearing it down and leaving it strewn around the region. Now a historic kitchen has a chance of being loved once again. Landmarks Illinois disassembled the kitchen and moved it into storag…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Feb 19, 6:19am -
  • Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers

    Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers

    If you think that Chicago’s high rise condo buildings don’t have the allure for international buyers that buildings in Miami, London, and Dubai do, you might be wrong. The developers of 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) have designated the 133 c…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Feb 19, 6:56am -
  • New Lake Shore Drive Building Almost Ready To Stun New Residents

    New Lake Shore Drive Building Almost Ready To Stun New Residents

    If you like the idea of having a Gold Coast address right across the street from Lake Michigan, but don’t want to live someplace someone else has, your opportunity is here. Pre-leasing has begun for 61 Banks Street, so you can pre-live there until…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Feb 19, 6:51am -
  • 110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel

    110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel

    When Goettsch Partners revealed its design for 110 North Wacker, it included interesting feature: A series of three V-shaped structures along the Chicago River. These elements are designed to help support the fifty-something stories of skyscraper abo…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Feb 19, 6:02am -
  • Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

    Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

    The second community meeting about Wild Mile Chicago was held recently, and enthusiasm is growing for a project that would have seemed a few McNuggets short of a Happy Meal a decade ago. Anchored on the banks of the Chicago River in the Goose Island…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 6:22am -
  • Neighbor News: Lawsuit Tries to Stop Demolition of Historic Illinois Courthouse

    Neighbor News: Lawsuit Tries to Stop Demolition of Historic Illinois Courthouse

    A coalition of preservation groups, and one angry western Illinois bondholder have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the demolition of the historic Rock Island County Courthouse. The groups, led by Landmarks Illinois, allege that Rock Island County is…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 6:10am -
  • Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act

    Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act

    If you haven’t been by Chicago Union Station in a while, here’s your excuse to make the trip: The renovations are done. Just in time for the landmark transportation hub to be reimagined with a new hotel, restaurants, and a sister skyscraper, Goet…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Feb 19, 6:15am -
  • Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290

    Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290

    It’s been almost five years since we first told you about plans for another residential tower along the Eisenhower Expressway. Back then 1061 West Van Buren was going to be the first project in Chicago from Cleveland’s Pizzuti Companies.  At the…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 6:27am -