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A Minute with Michael

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 4:00pm -
  • A Hippocratic Oath for Humanity
    A Hippocratic Oath for humanity,I think that’s what we might needthese days. A pledge that we, as humanbeings, will do no harm toothers. The original Hippocratic Oath is rife withinconsistencies, as any document fromcirca 275 AD might be; open to t…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 4:02pm -
  • The Miniature Laughing Pig
    “Hey, you hear that noise? That strange grunting chortle, squealing sound,” asked Dave.“I do hear it. It’s my miniature laughing pig,” said Andy.Andy held out his left hand and roaming about his palm was the smallest pig Dave had ever seen.…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Aug 19, 8:59pm -
  • Demolition
    Brick by brick,we can demolishit. Rome certainly wasn’tdestroyed in a day.(Unless that day was August 24, 410 AD. When the Barbarianssacked Rome.) But metaphoricallyspeaking, we candismantle the intangiblewalls and imaginary blockadeskeeping us apa…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Jul 19, 7:25pm -
  • When It's Quiet
    When it’s quiet,and there’s nothingstirring about,the winds are calm,the lake is glassy and flat,the rustle of trees is hushed,I can think. Thinking is horrifying. The mind whips up scenariosso troubling, disturbing andnightmarish that I long for…
    - 24 days ago, 25 Jul 19, 3:31pm -
  • Head Scratcher
    It’s a head scratcher,a mystery to me,a riddle,like math or basicautomotive repair.I don’t get it. I’m baffled by theaffections of thoselovers around me,their connection is liketrying to catch mist in a sieve.How’d they do that?I long for the…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 3:13pm -
  • A Hasty Essay for Independence Day
    When I was a schoolboy, I was instilled with a deep love and respect for my country; The United States of America. A spell was put on me drenched in swirling patriotism, justice and a desire to see equality for all mankind.I swelled with pride every…
    - 46 days ago, 3 Jul 19, 4:49pm -
  • No Wizards
    Being a citizen of the world is hard.It’s just tough to see each other,to realize that we’re all just trying to get into a comfy bed at night and not get murdered by life. It is not at all that easy to be a person in this place.We make it so hard…
    - 47 days ago, 2 Jul 19, 6:47pm -
  • Outrage Fever
    Outrage fatigue,I’m sure I have it.I can no longer beany more outraged asI’m already so exhausted.I’m outraged into submission,which is not giving up;I just need a vacation fromthis constant outrage, a little break is all. But I cannot,the outr…
    - 53 days ago, 26 Jun 19, 7:04pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Historic UC Building Gets Expanded Mission

    Historic UC Building Gets Expanded Mission

    One of the great things about a city as young as Chicago, is how old its institutions are.  The more I explore the antiquarian musea of Europe, the more I run across references to Chicago’s Field Museum.  The more I tour the art collections of As…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 11:13am -
  • From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village

    From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village

    As Chicago evolves, we’ve seen a number of its holy places left behind.  While some are unlucky and are abandoned, others find a new purpose as places to live in a town with a housing needle inching toward the “crisis” end of the gauge. The la…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 10:14am -
  • A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.

    A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.

    The greening of Chicago’s core continues, but not at the hands of the city’s Park District.  Instead many of Chicago’s newest parks come through the work of private firms building skyscrapers, and the parks are tacked on as revenue drivers, or…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 8:42am -
  • Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor

    Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor

    Let’s hope the machines building One Chicago don’t have bad breath, because they’re all up in Bella Luna’s grill. The photograph above was sent in by Gold Coast Spy Mike.  It shows the towering machines construction crews are using to sink c…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Aug 19, 1:32am -
  • Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights

    Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights

    A draft of the federal government’s report on the proposed construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center is out. It was prepared for the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and IDOT by the City of Chicago. The report s…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Jul 19, 2:56am -
  • Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge

    Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge

    It’s been a lot of years that cyclists, rollerbladers, walkers, people pushing prams, and just anyone who enjoys walking along Chicago’s lakefront have been waiting for the Navy Pier Flyover to be completed.   While northern sections have been d…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Jul 19, 10:05am -
  • What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park

    What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park

    Every crane that rises to bring another skyscraper to the city of Chicago must eventually return to earth.  Even at Old Town Park. Brianbobcat sent in the photograph above that he snapped from a passing CTA Brown Line train.  It shows a tower crane…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 10:35am -
  • Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

    Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

    The construction of Chicago’s latest linear park is chugging right along, with bridgework happening near Addison and Rockwell.  Think of 312 RiverRun as a moist version of The 606, except instead of being built on an old industrial rail bed, it’…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 8:49am -
  • Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower

    Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower

    The northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Place has never been very much.  In fact, its glory days were probably before there was a Chicago, when it was the reedy home to minnows, snails, and the occasional soggy moccasin lost in the mud. N…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 8:34am -
  • Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For

    Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For

    If you’ve been keeping an eye on the construction of Wolf Point East, you may have noticed that the tower crane helping put it together jumped a little higher recently. It’s always nice to see progress. An even more impressive sight is the rende…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 7:49am -