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A Minute with Michael

  • Saying Something
    Wanting to say something,but knowing what might be saidis likely to be misunderstood,misinterpreted, or simply ignoredis the parasite of poetry.A parasite so crafty in its burrowing that there’s seeminglynothing that can be done to extricate it fro…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Aug 18, 3:43pm -
  • Must Love Dogs
                    It’s been quite a while since I wrote an essay for all my fabulous readers and I thought, “Hmm… here’s some bull crap I need to get off my chest. I know! I’ll make people read about it!”  The topic for toda…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 4:00pm -
  • Putting It On
    Shirt buttoned,Belt tight.clean pants,putting it on tonight.Wearing a smirk,on top of a smile,dimpled and cheery,to cover the denial.Hair brushed smooth,parted and straight,beard trimmed,to attract a mate.Planning on sophistication,humor and wit,in c…
    - 12 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 3:54pm -
  • Roadside Attraction
    Step right up and seethe amazing debrisof life on the side ofthe road, left behindby the bourgeoisie!Follow me through thisshallow cavalcade ofdestruction, loss, regret,and strangeness of ourpetty charade. See the single baby shoe,see the lost hardha…
    - 20 days ago, 26 Jul 18, 3:37pm -
  • A Rambling Rush
    Let me get it out,the rambling rush ofscrambled, spangled,words bludgeoning mybrain.Thoughts like sunshine,spilling over the whole landscape,beaming though every nook andspace in bright rays, constant butscattered, diffused. Love, sex, longing, smoki…
    - 26 days ago, 20 Jul 18, 4:16pm -
  • The Bullshit Beating
    The bullshit beating of a busted blood pumper.I felt it, bruised,in my chest, into my belly,blood hot and fiery.Backed-up with bile andbilious flotsam, burstingthrough angered veins,colored green with envy,distrust and betrayal.The heart, a carefree…
    - 29 days ago, 17 Jul 18, 4:41pm -
  • Greasy Diesel
    Greasy Diesel,what a terrible smell,seems to spark some ragein me, telling everyone to go to hell.A billowing cloud of toxicgas, belching from an exhaust,billowing across the road,stinking of sin and oil, gasand indifference. The rumbling expulsion o…
    - 35 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 3:00pm -
  • Tenderness Trap
    Tenderness is thick as honey,sticky, gooey, and tough toget out of. To show a little tendernessis to display the most delicatepart of yourself to someone else.Your underbelly; soft, supple,and vulnerable. Exposed likea raw nerve to the potentialhazar…
    - 41 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 2:29pm -
  • Know What I Mean
    Our mortality pushesus to find meaning.We want meaningin the time we have. A search for meaning ina vacuum is a fruitlessendeavor. We suffocatein the absence of substance.Gold has no value other thanthe meaning we attribute toits glitter yet we know…
    - 50 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 6:24pm -
  • Politics is a Poke in the Eye
    Politics is a poke in the eye.While driving a speed boat.Through shark infested waters.At night.My eye has been poked.It’s irritated.The seas are choppy.The boat is slapping through the waves.There’s blood in the water.I want to keep driving thou…
    - 56 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 4:14pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block

    It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block

    Yesterday we were gishing to bring you the news of three new hotels opening up within a single building in the South Loop.  Today, it is with melancholy and infinite sadness we report that another building on the same block will not be built. The de…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 5:10am -
  • Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up

    Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up

    Back when we first started publishing this publication, coming home to Lakeshore East after a late night of community meetings often meant dodging rats along the south bank of the Chicago River, then squishing through mud to thread a passage between…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 5:54am -
  • Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

    Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

    As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 5:27am -
  • Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit

    Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit

    As the enormous Lincoln Yards master plan from Sterling Bay trudges through step two of a nine-step approval process, neighbors have been given a chance to weigh in via the interwebs. Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins published the results of an onl…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 5:36am -
  • Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park

    Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park

    Remember in 2003 when former mayor Richard M. Daley bulldozed Meigs Field in the middle of the night?  It was an act of hubris that cost the city $33,000 in federal fines and a million dollars in misspent airport funds.  At the time, the Chicago T…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 10:47pm -
  • The Stunning Before-and-After Pics of Second Presbyterian’s Peace Window Restoration

    The Stunning Before-and-After Pics of Second Presbyterian’s Peace Window Restoration

    Some of the most amazing pieces of architecture in Chicago are its churches.  And one of the best churches in town has just been given a significant upgrade. Second Presbyterian Church (1936 South Michigan Avenue) in the South Loop recently had one…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Aug 18, 5:37am -
  • One Final Look Inside Noble Square’s Saint Boniface Church

    One Final Look Inside Noble Square’s Saint Boniface Church

    For close to a decade we’ve been telling you about the saga of Saint Boniface Church in Noble Square.  Completed in 1904, shuttered in 1990, since then it’s watched both its convent and school fall to the wrecking ball. Over the years, there has…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 5:06am -
  • Weed Street Residential Tower Back With New Design And A Little Buddy

    Weed Street Residential Tower Back With New Design And A Little Buddy

    Plans for another residential tower in the North/Clybourn district are back in play, and bigger than before. We last showed you plans for the 901 West Weed Street project back in 2015, when it was designed by RTKL.  The new tower designed for CRM Pr…
    - 16 days ago, 31 Jul 18, 5:11am -
  • 1,186 Pages Filed For Lincoln Yards Development

    1,186 Pages Filed For Lincoln Yards Development

    Get your Allen wrenches ready — Chicago’s next flat-pack instant neighborhood is getting ready to rise. Fresh off a string of successes turning Chicago’s meatpacking district into the hottest business and tech hub between Virginia and Denver, S…
    - 17 days ago, 30 Jul 18, 5:48am -
  • Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

    Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

    If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lin…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Jul 18, 1:15am -