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A Minute with Michael

  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 23 days ago, 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…
    - 25 days ago, 11 Mar 20, 8:12pm -
  • It's Problematic
    I’m not in love with your attitude,but I’m in love with your face.I’m always striving for dignity,except when I’m passed out on the floor.I’m only hoping for the best,and unprepared for the worst.It’s Problematic.I’m only in it for the…
    - 37 days ago, 28 Feb 20, 4:57pm -
  • The Emporium of New Orleans
    I stumbled in from off the crazy Mardi Gras street,covered in glitter, beadsand reeking of copious amountsof booze. An old bell clangedover my head as I entered. “Welcome to the Emporium,” saidthe old man behind the largewooden counter.“Sorry,…
    - 40 days ago, 25 Feb 20, 3:42pm -
  • Cave Dancers
    They dance around the fire,clad in animal skins, loin clothsand general stages of undress,gyrating, and writhing in uninhibited sensuality,intent on ecstasy. Their silhouette’s flicker onthe cave’s jagged and rough walls,in the pulsating fireligh…
    - 44 days ago, 21 Feb 20, 3:20pm -
  • Sucks to your Ass-Mar
    “Sucks to your ass-mar, Piggy.”Is, I think, the most apt phrase to describe how I’ve been feeling as of late.  I added the Piggy partas that is not in the originalLord of the Flies quote. Just had to say it. Piggy, the poor child, is cursedwit…
    - 59 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 3:55pm -
  • Photos on the Walls
    All those pictures on the wall,of family, friends and me,smiling, laughing and having a ball,frozen forever in the place to be.But who’s to remember after it all?Those pictures, framed, hung with care,what will happen when I’m no longer there?Who…
    - 72 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 6:58pm -
  • The Plot to Elect Jesus
                    “Sir, the poll numbers are in and you’re not doing as well as we had hoped,” said Paul.                He flipped through the reams of paper crowding his campaign desk and shook his head. Around him…
    - 79 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 7:00pm -
  • Let's Get a Drink
                    She placed her wine glass on the bar as she stared into the depths of her cell phone. Her face was washed in the blue light of her phone. Her thumbs sliding up and down over the small screen in a blur. She was not inter…
    - 86 days ago, 10 Jan 20, 9:30pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Best Of April Fool’s Day to Take Your Mind Off Of Things

    Best Of April Fool’s Day to Take Your Mind Off Of Things

    As is our tradition, we had a really clever April Fool’s story to run today. But with the state the world is in, we just didn’t feel like putting it together. Instead, we present this list of stories we ran on April Fool’s Day in recent years.…
    - 4 days ago, 1 Apr 20, 6:09am -
  • Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 5 — Great Chicago Reads

    Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 5 — Great Chicago Reads

    With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. The dilemma: You’re s…
    - 5 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 11:10pm -
  • Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 4 — Write the Great American Novel

    Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 4 — Write the Great American Novel

    With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this serie…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 5:30pm -
  • Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 3 — Invent the Next Great Chicago Food

    Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 3 — Invent the Next Great Chicago Food

    With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this serie…
    - 11 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 7:15am -
  • Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 2 — Play the “Check, Please” Drinking Game

    Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 2 — Play the “Check, Please” Drinking Game

    With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this serie…
    - 12 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 6:48am -
  • Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 1 — Amuse Your Neighbors

    Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 1 — Amuse Your Neighbors

    With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this serie…
    - 13 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 6:39am -
  • Loop Skyscraper Apparently Crawling With Leprechauns

    Loop Skyscraper Apparently Crawling With Leprechauns

    Editor’s note:  These days pretty much everyone is worried about the Wuhan Flu. Because of that, a lot of irreverent online publications aren’t publishing anymore, or have taken a much more serious tone.  But as rabid news consumers, we believe…
    - 19 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 9:23am -
  • New Renderings, Info For Lakefront Skyscraper Duo

    New Renderings, Info For Lakefront Skyscraper Duo

    Editor’s note:  These days pretty much everyone is worried about the Wuhan Flu. With a full-time gig for a healthcare company, we understand.  We’ve also noticed that a lot of the more irreverent online publications aren’t publishing anymore…
    - 22 days ago, 15 Mar 20, 1:25am -
  • New Loop Residential Tower Starts Selling Condos

    New Loop Residential Tower Starts Selling Condos

    If you invested your mad money in Lysol and Charmin futures a few months ago, and now you have a couple of million extra dollars to spare, this could be your chance to live in The Loop.  Moceri + Roszak is about to begin selling condominiums in the…
    - 24 days ago, 12 Mar 20, 5:02pm -
  • Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago

    Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago

    Today, we turn the calendar back not just ten years to March 11, 2010, but to an earlier period in Chicago, when every respectable woman had a corset, and every respectable man his wagon. The photographs of these two advertisements painted on Chicago…
    - 25 days ago, 11 Mar 20, 8:57am -