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A Minute with Michael

  • Irreconcilable Sleep
    Set the alarm clock,turn out the light,fumble under the covers,rest your head on the pillow,and silently stare up.The ceiling fan,the cracked paint,the outdoor lights reflecting,the low hum of traffic,the thudding of neighbors.Roll over onto your lef…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 7:33pm -
  • Let Me Be Honest, Maybe
    The honest confessionsof a mind unencumbered with the trappings of socialmorays is seemingly unwelcome. The line between what Iwant to say and what I canactually say is quite strict.It’s a tightrope. The thought police wouldhave a field day with al…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 3:12pm -
  • Here I Am
    There I am.Just where I was.In the middle of nothing.Surrounded by everything.I was there, the whole time.I just sort of forgot that I was there.Doing nothing, with nothing to do.Engulfed in a World of possibilities.I’m not sure if I was lost in da…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 3:31pm -
  • Einstein Made Me Do It
    In pondering the unimaginable,Einstein gave us the greatest ofall answers; that there are morequestions that need to be asked.Satisfaction is only derived fromthe truest stripping down of allthe unnecessary details of a thingand analyzing its essence…
    - 27 days ago, 30 May 19, 3:12pm -
  • Memorials
    I keep the cross my grandfatherwore around his neck on hisdog tag chain from WWII in my wallet.I have transferred it to each newwallet to keep it safe and closeto me at all times. It is a talisman of sorts for me.I often attribute my survival through…
    - 33 days ago, 24 May 19, 3:12pm -
  • Lamentations
    Perhaps I’m overloaded,perhaps I’m tired of it,perhaps the act of caring,has all become a bit much.Stunned into stoicism,through the sheer multitudeof grief and inconceivable actsperformed daily and globally. The meter broke,the scale snapped,the…
    - 36 days ago, 21 May 19, 3:01pm -
  • Fire Dancers
    When I was a child I oncesaw fire dancers,twirling and spinning flaming torchesaround their heads and bodies,the flames spun around thedancers, but they never gotburned.I thought, “I wish I could trythat, that looks amazing”,but I was discouraged…
    - 41 days ago, 15 May 19, 9:06pm -
  • Bullied Thoughts
    The stanza below is the only portion of a poem I was workingon that I have kept. “I am the grown-up versionof a bullied child. I felt the barbs and brutalityof childhood and at times,I still feel the sting, eventhis far removed fromchildhood. It is…
    - 48 days ago, 8 May 19, 3:57pm -
  • Annoyingly Necessary
    The most extremely complicatedsimplest thing ever cooked up inthe human mind must be love. It’s entirely irrational and annoyinglynecessary. I have been looking for that sort ofrelationship love for what seems likean inordinate amount of time now a…
    - 55 days ago, 2 May 19, 3:24pm -
  • A Little Self Promotion for May
    Hello dear readers, I thought I would do a little shameless self promotion of my most recent book of poetry, Saying Too Much. It is the follow up to my first book, Never Said Enough.Please see the attached link for more information. Thank you for al…
    - 56 days ago, 1 May 19, 3:14pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

    Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

    One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral h…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 6:47am -
  • Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing

    Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing

    The closed Sears store at North and Harlem in Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood is the latest to be turned into housing by a New York investment group. Seritage is a company that was spun off from Sears four years ago specifically to slurp up dea…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 6:02am -
  • Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall

    Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall

    A proposal to redevelop a River North office building while simultaneously deep-sixing two adjacent surface parking lots has made its way to City Hall on paper. In the diagram above, you can see the parking lots along North Franklin Street that are g…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:33am -
  • A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood

    A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood

    It seems like each day brings news of another piece of West Town’s industrial history being turned into a  playground for the young-and-would-be-rich-if-not-for-their-student-loans. But today we’re happy to report that the low-slung manufacturin…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:28am -
  • Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner

    Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner

    Another new development is coming to the area surrounding the Gold Coast’s Viagra Triangle. The tony ‘hood is not immune from the wave of redevelopment sweeping over the core of Chicago.  Old restaurants are making way for new hotels.  Venerabl…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 6:54pm -
  • Fulton Market Transformation Reaches Union Park

    Fulton Market Transformation Reaches Union Park

    You don’t have to be an old-timer to remember when Chicago’s Fulton Market district was a no-go zone for most people.  It was a place crammed with triple-parked refrigerated trucks, forklifts zipping to and fro, and freshly slaughtered carcasses…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 6:15am -
  • Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower

    Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower

    There’s a reason thrill rides are called “thrill” rides. People engage in them for the thrill of cheating death. Even if the chance that something life-shortening might happen is 0.000001%, it’s still a thrill to ride a roller coaster, parach…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 1:27am -
  • IIT Architecture School Names New Dean

    IIT Architecture School Names New Dean

    The former dean of Tulane University’s architecture school, and former editor of Architecture magazine has been tapped to head the College of Architecture at IIT. Reed Kroloff  will take the helm of the Chicago school August 1st, leading an instit…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 1:01am -
  • Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark

    Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark

    Chicago’s Landmarks Commission has approved a plan to make the former Lyman Trumbull school building in Andersonville the city’s newest landmark. The building on the northwest corner of Ashland and Foster was designed by Dwight H. Perkins (once o…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 1:41am -
  • Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar

    Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar

    A new building going up just off Fulton Market is going even uppier. Or something like that.  Mark Goodman & Associates has been given approval to add another floor to 310 North Sangamon.  The 12-story building will now be 13 stories when it’s do…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Jun 19, 12:19am -