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A Minute with Michael

  • The Corn Maze of Doom
                    The haunted trail through the cornfields was supposed to be the be all and end all of terrifying Halloween experiences. At least according to the extremely loud radio commercials that seemed to air every ten minutes. In…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:11pm -
  • Sort of Silly Really, After All
    My fingers cannot find anypurchase on the slick shaftof this cell. The greasy walls of nightmareshave kept me down here.Dark and cold in the forgottenplace. Damp, dank and dingy,in the shadowed hole I sit. Looking up for a peek of the moon,shining ov…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 8:55pm -
  • The Broken Things
    I tend to keep broken things,even though I know I shouldthrow them away. I feel bad for the broken things,even though their usefulness isgone.  I like the broken things,even when no one can seewhat they mean to me.
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 4:12pm -
  • The Wild Flowers
    Late blooms of wildflowerscreep up toward the edges of the highway exit ramp.Delicate purples and yellowson green long stems, reaching upin tiny winks of nature collidingwith the asphalt shoulder ofthe roadway.I’m sitting in my car, waiting my turn…
    - 24 days ago, 27 Sep 19, 8:27pm -
  • Summer Leaves
    The flirtations of Summer havedrifted away, her disinterest inanything serious, now widely apparent. She’s got things shewants to do and she’s already left.Autumn is here now andshe’s planning on sticking around for a while. She’s gotplans fo…
    - 28 days ago, 23 Sep 19, 4:05pm -
  • Fingers
    Flabbergasted fingers flailingfrom frustration for phrases,frequencies or forms to fillthe fantasies of physicalfulfillment.Fervent and feverish, flowing forward in floods offlushed faces, furrowed andfitful, fearful of fallacies andfailures.Frequent…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 4:31pm -
  • I'm Still Talking
    I don’t want to talk about love again.I don’t want to talk about love, again.I do not want to, talk…, about love,again. I don’t wanna.Love has been so weird to me,and I’ve been weird to it.This intangible ether of chemicalattraction mixed w…
    - 38 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 3:35pm -
  • The 12 Labor Days of Hercules
    Labor Day Weekend is agood time to work out someof this writers block that’s cloggingmy create holes. So, very, clogged.Time to hose it all off and startfresh, with new perspectives,new ideas, better phrases, andmore general interest.To really get…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Aug 19, 3:01pm -
  • The Teller
                    Megan sat on the edge of her bed. She was waiting for her alarm clock to go off. It was set for 6:30 AM, but she had been up an hour before her normal rising time. She was holding a cup of cooling coffee in her lap. Her…
    - 66 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 2:56pm -
  • Terry's Teller
                    The floors creaked under the weight of Terry’s incessant rocking. He shifted from one leg to the other with the rapidity of a human metronome. He was keeping some inner allegro time scale that no one could hear or lik…
    - 68 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 4:00pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Getting Ready For Another Loop Skyscraper

    Getting Ready For Another Loop Skyscraper

    It was just a few weeks ago that ground was broken for two of the final four skyscrapers destined to rise in Lakeshore East.  Now there are promising signs that a third tower will sprout soon. Loop Spy Jody dropped some pictures in our tip line afte…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 1:35am -
  • The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail

    The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail

    Gaps may work for David Letterman’s teeth or buying blue jeans, but they are terrible for bicycle paths. That’s why people from Ravenswood to Evanston are excited about the giant hulks of steel sitting on the east bank of the Chicago River’s no…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 1:43am -
  • Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River

    Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River

    Chicago’s newest linear park is piecing together nicely along the North Branch of the Chicago River.  Avondale Spy Joel sent in photographs showing construction progress on the 312 RiverRun. When complete, the serpentine bridge will fly for two mi…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 1:55am -
  • 10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago

    10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago

    Chicago’s premiere architecture event is just days away.  And whether you’re a veteran of the views, or a newbie with a Nikon, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when embarking on this weekend of binge-arching. Recently we were asked for…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 19, 6:35am -
  • Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

    Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

    For the last 16 years, we’ve gloated every time a surface parking lot was erased from downtown Chicago.  Now it looks like a parking garage is about to meet that Great Urban Planner in the Sky, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. The garage…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 10:39am -
  • North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

    North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

    A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypas…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 10:21am -
  • Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop

    Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop

    After a feeding frenzy that lasted a few years, recently there has been a slight downtick in the ferocity of the development of new hotels in downtown Chicago.  It looks like developers are getting their second wind. Hilton is the latest brand out o…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 9:52am -
  • 110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever

    110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever

    The 53-story skyscraper that erased the vaguely Mid-Century General Growth Building is about to reach its penultimate height.  110 North Wacker kicked the squatty TuffShed-looking structure into the history books when Howard Hughes and Riverside Inv…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 6:47am -
  • Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward

    Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward

    Plans for a new building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District have been filed with the city. The so-called “City Technology Center” is planned for 1101 West Carroll Avenue.  That’s a half-block north of Fulton Market, bounded by North May Ave…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 8:54am -
  • Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City

    Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City

    Several months after a ceremonial groundbreaking, plans for Chicago’s Hancock Replacement have been filed with the city clerk. No, they’re not replacing the 100-story former John Hancock Center recently neutered in name to 875 North Michigan.  W…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 8:47am -