#802: A Bunch of Out-of-Context Tribune Archives Artwork Because I Moved Over the Weekend and Everything Hurts

June 12th, 2017 § permalink

In the spirit of past 1,001 Chicago Afternoons tales “#717: Five Images from Chicago Collections Consortium to Haunt Your Turkey Comas” and “#770: Quack Cures and How Bad They’d Kill You” and because I moved that damn marble-top end table of my grandparents’ by myself over the weekend and my arms feel like someone punched me over and over and over until I gave them my lunch money, I present to you now “#802: A Bunch of Out-of-Context Tribune Archives Artwork Because I Moved Over the Weekend and Everything Hurts.” » Read the rest of this entry «

#798: Lurch

June 2nd, 2017 § permalink

There’s a point to the ride where you learn to hate doughnuts. » Read the rest of this entry «

#757: Once More, With Science!

February 27th, 2017 § permalink

Hello, scientists with a story!

Those who read the site frequently know I intermittently produce spoken word events. The most recent was 40 Hours to Trump, which raised nearly $1,200 for local groups working in areas targeted by the then-incoming Trump administration. Speakers included schoolteachers, volunteers, activists and immigrants.

We’re doing it again, but this time, we only want scientists. We want to give a stage — and an audience — to voices the current administration is trying to silence. » Read the rest of this entry «

#750: Two and Four

February 10th, 2017 § permalink

The entirety of American political history can be found at an old polling place somewhere along the north branch of the Chicago River. » Read the rest of this entry «

#711: Heaven ‘tween Grand and Washington

November 11th, 2016 § permalink

Smarter people than me can write your think pieces.

More emotive than me can write about tears.

Less stunned than me can write your rallies and revolution.

I can write right now about disbelief. And how lovely the downtown of Chicago, Illinois, is. » Read the rest of this entry «

#693: News of the World

September 30th, 2016 § permalink

I got a new job. I’m a magazine editor now.

I like it. I like the people. I like the work. I like that when I decide something, it’s done.

But this isn’t about that. It’s about a reel of paper, winding through machines. » Read the rest of this entry «

#672: A Rowdy Punk Club and the Unstoppable March

August 12th, 2016 § permalink

There’s a ritzy stretch of a ritzy stretch.

There’s a high-end Irish restaurant there, something bordering cuisine and pub. It’s lovely, golden lettering on the side and tasteful sidewalk patio area. Even among River North, the swath of condos, hotels, hot bars and beggars, it glitzes.

In 1978, this was skid row. Lines of liquor stores passing the hooch through bulletproof glass. Drunks and junkies slept it off in the alleys.

And the site where this lovely Irish restaurant now sits was the home of one of the most raucous, rowdy and seminal punk clubs in town — O’Banion’s. » Read the rest of this entry «

#661: Zubat and the Theys

July 18th, 2016 § permalink

They and they were of types who usually don’t talk.

The first they were 30s-ish, white and cool, aging punks and hips whose once candy-colored hair was now seeing threads of white come through. A man and a woman riding a rocking, jumbly ‘L’ train toward the Loop. » Read the rest of this entry «

#262: Peace to 2013

December 30th, 2013 § permalink

Peace to the old man sipping drinks at the VFW bar.

And the bagpiper on the condo roof.

Peace to the newsman, chasing stories for cartoons.

Peace to the lady who jammed in Tunisia.

And peace to the one who makes really sexy ladies’ underthings. » Read the rest of this entry «

#222: The Bubbles

September 27th, 2013 § permalink

On the long slog chunk of a September afternoon, getting to that time of year when 5 p.m. means slanting light and a sky yellowing into sunset, tired workers in shirts and ties or skirts and jackets slouched through River North on their way anywhere else.

A bubble wafted down. » Read the rest of this entry «

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