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A Minute with Michael

  • newThe Complainies
    I’m being poked by anirritant of some kind. It’s persistent and gnawing. It’s making meirritable and annoyed.It’s the Complainies!Ah, yes. The Complainies.I get the Complainies every sooften. Usually when I feel likenothing is going my way.Ev…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 2:31pm -
  • Not As Easy As It Looks
    How can I say,what I want to say,without really knowing,what it is I want to say,and be coherent and relatableto those that matter?The flowery languageI keep using is making menauseous. I don’t want to write another poem slatheredin pretension and…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 8:53pm -
  • Storm Watching
                    Gray green clouds rolled through the summer sky. Clouds heavy with a storm. The thunder already echoing through the air. The wind picked up. The leaves on the trees shuddered in unison. Litter and other debris tumbled d…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 4:03pm -
  • The Best Air to Breathe
    A minute to breathe,the hot air of laughterswirling around my head,pleasing my lungs in chuckles, guffaws, andgiggles.A bellowing howl,a peel of thunderouslaughter, echoingthrough the nightas we revel in each other’smirth.  The best medicine,laugh…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 9:08pm -
  • Here Comes the Ouch
    Here comes the ouch.Here comes the pain.Here comes the fear.Here it comes again.Here we go.Another minor, regular,surgery, on my mouth tomorrow.Cyst removal, abscess correction,maybe lose a tooth or two.Yup, just another day of gettingolder, being hu…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Mar 19, 5:36pm -
  • My Cup
    The watercolor dreams I hadtold me that if I drink of thecup, I’d find a sense of euphoria. And yet, in the swirling color ofa sleeping mind, I still was skepticalof any elixir making me happy.It didn’t seem right at all, it was too easy to sloug…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Mar 19, 4:47pm -
  • The Day I Caught a Leprechaun
    This is the story of how,  a long time past from now,I caught myself a Leprechaun which I happened to chance on.The Leprechaun was named Pete,and he was fast on his feet,fleet and light and sly,it took all my effort to be just as spry.I was in a dan…
    - 35 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 3:43pm -
  • A Growling
    There’s a growling from myinsides, no mere grumblingof hunger, but an audible growl;it has seeped up and out frommy throat more and more.An irritation; a pebble inmy shoe, a ringing in the ear,listening to an idiot telling a joke, it’s all making…
    - 37 days ago, 13 Mar 19, 2:57pm -
  • International Women's Day
    International Women’s Day, I love International women.So cultured and beyond the hang-ups of Provincial andVictorian social morality sopresent in domestic women. Hm? I’ve just been handed a noteand received a quick slap to the back of the head. A…
    - 42 days ago, 8 Mar 19, 7:05pm -
  • Empire of Ash
    Ashes. Piles of soot spread aboutthe floors of my heart.Burned so many timesit’s no longer capable ofholding a flame.A beating vessel of ash. Pushing slag through myveins, flooding into my brain,clouding the works, the logic,the rational and steady…
    - 44 days ago, 6 Mar 19, 3:29pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower

    Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower

    The transformation of the treasured, historic, landmark Tribune Tower from the offices of a once-mighty media empire into 163 luxury condominiums continues in Streeterville. The most visible sign of this recently showed up in the parking lot ’round…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 5:30am -
  • TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

    TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

    Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on ano…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 5:08am -
  • South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

    South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

    What’s up with all the parking lot news lately? Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:41am -
  • Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

    Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

    It’s been a couple of years since we last heard a peep out of 352 North Union. But it appears that Vancouver’s Onni Group is ready to get busy on the 450-foot residential tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. Except that it’s not going to…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 5:41am -
  • River North Proposal Could Ace Two More Parking Lots

    River North Proposal Could Ace Two More Parking Lots

    A three-part proposal in River North will see a seven-story building preserved, a new six-story building built next door, and a new 15-story office building around the corner. All while erasing two surface parking lots from Chicago’s land use map.…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 5:48am -
  • Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again

    Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again

    When word came down the pike that Wolf Point South would become Salesforce Tower Chicago, we knew it wasn’t going to be everything everyone had hoped for since the beginning of ever. Now we know exactly how much less it will be. In 2013, the city a…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 5:13am -
  • Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop

    Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop

    There’s more than daffodils and tulips pushing out of the ground in the South Loop these days. There’s Alta Grand Central. Coincidentally, we received photographs of its construction progress from multiple people recently. Alta Grand Central is a…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 5:33am -
  • Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust

    Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust

    When we started this publication 16 years ago, one of the questions we were often asked is why there were so many surface parking lots in downtown Chicago. The reasons are complex, ranging from people banking land to sell when it inevitably becomes w…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 5:22am -
  • Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River

    Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River

    In an effort to build on 2018’s record-setting year for tourism, the City of Chicago has announced plans for a new attraction: A glass-enclosed pedestrian tube running underneath the Chicago River. Speaking to reporters at his Ravenswood estate Sun…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Apr 19, 5:01am -
  • It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower

    It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower

    Just days after the City of Chicago gave its blessing to an enormous two-tower project across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, stuff is already happening. Gold Coast Spy Jody snapped the picture above, showing where One Chicago Square will start…
    - 21 days ago, 29 Mar 19, 2:23am -