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A Minute with Michael

  • newPresident Santa (Or is this too on the Red Nose?)
    Santa flipped the bird atall the little children standing in the line to see him. The mall,crowded with the dead eyed shoppers baffled thata mall is still a thing, paused. The children screamed in confusion,parents looked up from their phones.“Sham…
    - 14 hours ago, 13 Dec 18, 4:57pm -
  • Yule Get it One Day
    Rows of colored lightsstrung across frosty winterwindows, wreaths of pine hung on doors, stockingsplaced over family hearths,and a family huddled undera colorful blanket, sippinghot coco in front of a roaringyule fire. In the background of thisscene,…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 5:05pm -
  • In The Mud
    In form, we are but mud,smoothed and shaped,mixed and churned,blended into existence bynatural and unnatural forces.Mud; heated and cooled nextto an enormous nuclear ball,hardened and wilted, eroded,molten and changed, in the imageof and by the whims…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Nov 18, 4:43pm -
  • Perplex-Giving
    Thanksgiving.A Holiday drenched inmemory and nostalgia.I’m never really sure ifI like it or not. Its History and toneconfuse me.As a child we’re told thatit celebrated the survival ofthe Pilgrims with the aidof the Native Americans. It was mildly…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Nov 18, 3:38pm -
  • The Reveal
    The painting, I have been told,is already on the canvas beforethe painter starts, the painterjust has to lovingly reveal it. Much can be said about the sculptor, tenderly releasing the statuehidden in a block of stone, a figurethat was there all alon…
    - 30 days ago, 14 Nov 18, 4:32pm -
  • Therapy on a Cold Day
                    Charlie rested his chin in the crook of his arm as he leaned on the window ledge. He watched as melting snow dripped slowly down the window in a pointless race to the sill. He looked out at the gray November morning. Th…
    - 35 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 4:40pm -
  • Punitive Pumpkin
    Brain bashing brutalitybludgeoning the carefullycarved characters on AllHallows Eve. Crime scenes of carnage,pumpkin pulpification plastered on pavement andporches.The pumpkin’s toothy grinshattered and smashed fromshenanigans of school-aged smart…
    - 44 days ago, 31 Oct 18, 3:03pm -
  • Do Not Be Afraid
                    Auqui sat up from his woven mat. He was startled by the noises of the night outside. He heard something and it woke him from his sleep. He looked across the hut toward his sleeping father and cried out to him. His fathe…
    - 45 days ago, 30 Oct 18, 4:08pm -
  • Resting in Peace
                    The newspapers on the coffee table rustled as a breeze blew through the living room. The fluttering caught the corner of Dan’s eye. He looked around the room for the source of the breeze but there was nothing to make…
    - 50 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 4:21pm -
  • Haunted Houses
                    The sign painted over the threshold read, “To Hell”, in bright and bold red lettering. Charlie looked to his right and up at the bent and deteriorated street sign which read, “Good Intentions”. A flickering stre…
    - 57 days ago, 18 Oct 18, 4:49pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track

    Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track

    The Chicago Transit Authority’s transformation of the 95th Street Red Line station is becoming visible to people who don’t even ride mass transit. Officially, this is a “terminal,” not a “station” because it is the end of the line for pas…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Dec 18, 6:50am -
  • What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!

    What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!

    We’re still months away from the triumphant, intrepid return of the tulips and daffodils in Chicago’s parks, parkways, and park-like medians.  But amid the gloom of day and threat of snow, the city is still able to raise a bumper crop of our fav…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Dec 18, 6:36am -
  • Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

    Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

    We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will…
    - 9 days ago, 5 Dec 18, 6:57am -
  • University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center

    University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center

    The City of Chicago has given permission for the University of Chicago to build a new hotel on 60th Street at Kimbark, between the Keller Center and the new David M. Rubenstein Forum, currently under construction. The 15-story hotel designed by The L…
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 6:44am -
  • West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

    West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

    The West Loop skyscraper formerly known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower is officially done, according to Gold Coast architecture firm SCB. Today it is known by its address: 625 West Adams, and is a 20-story office building on Heritage Green Park built…
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 6:31am -
  • Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá

    Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá

    Loop architecture firm Goettsch Partners has put its mark, and Chicago’s, on the city of Bogotá, Colombia. The Grand Hyatt Bogotá is now done, bringing a 230-foot-tall hotel tower to the center of the 18 building Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento An…
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 6:10am -
  • Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

    Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

    There will soon be 38 more options for people who want to live in River North.  That’s the number of condominiums that will be available soon at Three Sixty West, the Belgravia Group building going up at 360 West Erie Street. Three Sixty West topp…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 18, 6:57am -
  • Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

    Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

    The Salesforce Tower is the most skyline-defining building to land in San Francisco since SCB’s One Rincon Hill.  Now Chicago is getting a Salesforce Tower of its own. Hines made the announcement Friday that San Francisco’s largest non-gub’min…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 18, 6:03am -
  • Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

    Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

    In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite la…
    - 18 days ago, 26 Nov 18, 6:31am -
  • What We’re Thankful For: Chicago Skylines

    What We’re Thankful For: Chicago Skylines

    On this day when we remember that for which we are thankful, let us remember the architects, urban planners, developers, construction workers, visionaries, and others who made Chicago possible.  Chicago didn’t just happen.  It took people, workin…
    - 22 days ago, 22 Nov 18, 6:01am -