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A Minute with Michael

  • At the Love-In
    Perhaps the Love-In movementwas right. Maybe all you do needis love…, love…, love.Our World, wacky with the piercing fangs of intolerance,hate, mistrust, suspicions, anger,rage-ahol, and general dislikefor that guy on the bus that smellslike he s…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 4:13pm -
  • History in Vegas
    A late evening in Las Vegas,post work seminar and Ineeded a drink. A drink away from the slot machines,cheering, shouting crowds, andthe general riff-raff.A drink of fine scotch was in order, something to round outthe sharp edges of stress, anxietyan…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Feb 18, 7:53pm -
  • This Way to the Moon Egress
    Let’s put the idiots on the moon.We’ll do it like P. T. Barnum did itand his, “This Way to the GreatEgress” exhibit.The Egress of course, was the exit. People foolishenough not to know whatthe egress was, found themselvesback out on the stree…
    - 19 days ago, 29 Jan 18, 9:27pm -
  • Music Interrupted Me
    Hey, remember me?The one with all the wordy words,that fella, the self proclaimed poet,who had the audacity to remind youof your humanity. Well here I am.I know I’ve been away.I’m sorry it’s been so long.But the wordy word businessis tough and…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Jan 18, 4:43pm -
  • Interior Monologue
    Individual irritations I attemptto ignore as irrational and inappropriate.  Albeit, theyinsist. Incongruous and inconsistent,annoying ideas infiltrate and inflame my innards,insulting any intelligence.I am intrepid in my instabilityand irrationality…
    - 39 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 5:09pm -
  • Little Baby New Years
    Little Baby New Year,all swaddled and clean,sucking on their little thumb,sleeping gently, even sweetly.Little Baby New Year,a serene scene of freshness,in the maternity ward oftime. Only five days old andalready the world is comingfor you, to mangle…
    - 43 days ago, 5 Jan 18, 9:53pm -
  • The Most Human of Years
    2017 is wrapping up shortlyand I think it’s appropriate torecognize it for what it truly was;The Most Human of Years.I believe 2017 was the most humanof years simply because it reflectedwhat is the most common and universaltrait of all humans, our…
    - 51 days ago, 28 Dec 17, 4:44pm -
  • Dear Mr. Christmas
    Dear Mr. Christmas,I hope all is well with you andyour kind andthings are swell and not heavy on your mind. Things over here aren’t so great,I don’t want to be a nagor berate.But we’re in a pickle and everything is a drag.I write to you once mo…
    - 58 days ago, 21 Dec 17, 5:02pm -
  • Christmalcoholic
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.Let’s put those snowballs backin the freezer shall we. No one wants to see them rightnow. It’s Christmas time and that meanswe need to keep an eye on Santa to make sure he doesn’t act inappropriatelywhile asking chil…
    - 65 days ago, 14 Dec 17, 5:12pm -
  • Perspective by the Slice
                    “So I’ll have the cheese pizza,” said Gary to the young man at the register.                 “What size sir,” asked the young man.                “Oh, ummmmmmm……. large,” said Ga…
    - 68 days ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:31pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Walsh Construction Builds Ultimate Parkour Course at Wolf Point East

    Walsh Construction Builds Ultimate Parkour Course at Wolf Point East

    When I was a kid, we would have called what’s going on over at Wolf Point East a “jungle gym.”  And my sister would promptly fall off of it, break her arm, and drive her lower teeth through her bottom lip because it was the 1970’s and soft h…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 6:12am -
  • Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center

    Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center

    One of the things that makes neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities livable is a diversity of retail institutions.  Before the Magnificent Mile became a homogenized reflection of suburban shopping malls, it was the place where you could get anyth…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 6:30am -
  • Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project

    Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project

    There has been much hand-wringing lately about the slowdown in the Chinese economy.  That, coupled with recent crackdowns on cash leaving the nation, and an increased reliance on domestic talent has made some wonder how much longer occidental firms…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Feb 18, 6:01am -
  • John Hancock Center Latest Name to be Erased from Chicago’s Lexicon

    John Hancock Center Latest Name to be Erased from Chicago’s Lexicon

    Chicago’s venerable John Hancock Center is the latest name to be thrown on the city’s rubbish pile of the past. It joins The Sears Tower, The Amoco Building, Marshall Field’s and other beloved brand names that have been eschewed in recent histo…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Feb 18, 3:29am -
  • Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?

    Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?

    Skyscraper nerds are clucking about a rendering of a new skyscraper that made the rounds of the internet over the weekend.   And if you love Lucien Lagrange, this one is right up your cobblestone alley. The image shows 30-story tower at 1000 North D…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Feb 18, 2:16am -
  • GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits

    GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits

    The second GEMS World Academy (355 East Wacker Drive) school building in Lakeshore East has been given the green light to start another round of construction.  The City of Chicago has issued permits to start work on the part of the bKL Architecture…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 6:30am -
  • New Life For Former Wrightwood Neighbors Funeral Home

    New Life For Former Wrightwood Neighbors Funeral Home

    One of the great things about Chicago’s neighborhoods are the local businesses that have served the city for as long as anyone can remember.  Whether it’s the neighborhood hotdog stand, the corner bar, or even… the local funeral home. One of t…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Feb 18, 9:57pm -
  • This Map Shows Just How Crazy West Town Real Estate Is

    This Map Shows Just How Crazy West Town Real Estate Is

    For more than a decade, we’ve been chronicling the transformation of Chicago’s Loop-adjacent neighborhoods from quiet, if a little rough, urban enclaves into full-fledged extensions of the downtown skyscraper forest. One of the areas that ate up…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Feb 18, 3:40am -
  • One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park

    One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park

    It must be a marvelous thing to be a tourist who only visits Chicago once a year.  Whether for Lollapalooza, or Christmas shopping, or just to bring grandma a blue tin of butter cookies, when you’ve been away for a while, the city startles with th…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Feb 18, 3:50am -
  • Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

    Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

    It was one thing when the brick warehouses and sheet metal abattoirs west of The Loop were set upon be developers throwing up 10, 12, even 14-story buildings in the neighborhood.  But these days 30, 40, and 50-story buildings are de rigueur in an ar…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Feb 18, 6:05am -