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A Minute with Michael

  • Draped in Yellow, Covered in Red
     Draped in yellow, covered in red. Cornered by black, hiding in blue.   I am torn. Stuck between the cynical past, hopeful for the future, unsure of the path.   Mixed signals and colors, flashing all the time, in noisy hues, unsyncopated rhythms…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 20, 3:49pm -
  • So Fast the Fall
     I can almost hear the crisp crunching of leaves underfoot echoing through the city streets. As I go in search of a cozy Autumn pub to sit and reflect on the past Winter, Spring and Summer.   Fall is a great time for pub sitting, and discussing t…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 4:29pm -
  • The Impact
     “Whoa, that hole in the street just keeps getting bigger,” said Jerry. He was munching on some cheesy pop snacks, licking the orange Cheetle from his fingertips. He was standing near the edge of the growing hole.                  “…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Sep 20, 3:49pm -
  • The Ringing in my Ears
     There’s a ringing in my ears but it doesn’t seem to be tinnitus, it’s real and annoying, high pitched and shrill, constant and prolonged, and making me irritable.   It seems to be coming from the TV, the internet, the webs of information s…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 7:24pm -
  • Old Monster
    Old Monster stirs up the hill,lumbering along the old dirt path,winding through the trees,scattering the birds and the leaves. Old Monster groans and shakes,fleas and bugs flung from mattedthick fur, dirty and muddy, grayedand nappy, Old Monster star…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 7:02pm -
  • I See You
                    “Hm, that’s new,” said Kyle.                “What’s new,” asked Jennifer.                “That humongous eyeball in the sky. I never noticed it before,” said Kyle. He scratc…
    - 26 days ago, 31 Aug 20, 6:58pm -
  • The Magnificence of Paperclips

    - 29 days ago, 28 Aug 20, 3:15pm -
  • Expectations?
    Expectations.We’ve all got them. A desire for the worldto work out the way we’d like.For events and people to bewhat we want them to be. High Expectations.Never often met, rarelyaccomplished and even more so,rarely satisfying. The wish, the desir…
    - 38 days ago, 19 Aug 20, 5:54pm -
  • First Times
    During this Pandemic I have often found myself thinkingabout the last time I got todo something.The last time I was at acrowded bar.The last time I wasable to hug a friend.The last time I smiledat someone, and they could seemy unmasked smile. The las…
    - 43 days ago, 14 Aug 20, 6:41pm -
  • Moonlight
    Moonlight streaming inthrough the old bamboo blinds,cutting a bright white line throughthe dark bedroom. This cutlass of light slicesacross the bed, through my pillowand my sleeping face. I am awakened by moonlight shining on me.“God damn,” I say…
    - 51 days ago, 6 Aug 20, 7:21pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Getting All Glassy Over AMLI 808

    Getting All Glassy Over AMLI 808

    One of Chicago’s newest residential buildings now has some glass on it. Near North Spy Mike sent in this photo of construction on the northwest corner of West Chicago Avenue and North Wells Street, where ALMI 808 is on its way up. Mike’s keen eye…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 7:22pm -
  • Aqua: Before and After COVID

    Aqua: Before and After COVID

    We’ve all seen, read about, or stumbled across the restrictions placed on Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s another illustration of how things have changed. A before-and-after look at the pool deck at the Aqua tower. As a former Aqua r…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 6:51pm -
  • Historic Water Tower Gets Preservation Funds

    Historic Water Tower Gets Preservation Funds

    When you live in a city as vast and interesting as Chicago, it’s easy to get lost staring at your own bellybutton.  But there is a whole lot more Illinois beyond the south suburban pumpkin patches. One of those places is Havana, which is located a…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 6:27pm -
  • The 411 on 601 West Randolph in the West Loop

    The 411 on 601 West Randolph in the West Loop

    Four months ago, an alert reader noticed some people poking around at 609 West Randolph Street. He told us. We told you. Then last month, the project became official, as 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly started talking about a new development for th…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Sep 20, 9:34pm -
  • Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union

    Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union

    Chicago has seen more than its share of huge developments in recent years. The 78, Riverline, Lincoln Yards, and the River District, are just a few that are already being built, or poised to start filling Chicago’s downtown region with new skyscrap…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Sep 20, 9:12pm -
  • Groundbreaking Date Set for Two West Town Buildings

    Groundbreaking Date Set for Two West Town Buildings

    If you’re among those who keep shaking their heads over all the new construction projects happening in Chicago during what is somehow still the middle of a pandemic, don’t let this news make you dizzy: Two more large residential buildings will br…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 9:28am -
  • Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring

    Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring

    It was just over a decade ago that luxury retailer Barneys New York opened its new Chicago flagship store at 15 East Oak Street. The international retail press fawned. Customers oohed and aahed. And as the city coped with what we thought was the wors…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 8:36am -
  • Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago

    Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago

    Labor Day is over, and so the world returns from summer vacation and gets back to work. Or it would, if more than half of the people in Chicago weren’t working from home because of asshats like my coworker who has violated Chicago’s travel-to-a-h…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 6:28am -
  • Mayor’s Invest South/West Program May Save An Art Moderne Bank Building

    Mayor’s Invest South/West Program May Save An Art Moderne Bank Building

    We’re starting to see the first signs of something more than press releases coming out of Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West program to revitalize chronically overlooked portions of the city. One of those signs is a proposal to redevelop the old…
    - 28 days ago, 30 Aug 20, 12:37am -
  • Radical Surgery Will Transform A Building You Never Noticed Into A Building You Might Notice

    Radical Surgery Will Transform A Building You Never Noticed Into A Building You Might Notice

    Some architecture stands out. Some architecture blends in. And then there’s architecture that is a cognitive blind spot. Fifty East Huron is an example of what happens when a building goes for inoffensive and ends up with invisible. The building us…
    - 28 days ago, 29 Aug 20, 11:57pm -