Monthly Archive:: December 2006

When a Car Falls Off Marina City…

In October 2006, Allstate Insurance filmed a TV commercial in and around Marina City. Based on the famous car-chase scene from the 1980 action film, The Hunter, Allstate recreated the famous fall of an automobile off one of Marina City's 18-story parking decks and into the Chicago River, below. Read More

Crown Fountain Cameras KAPUT!!!

Ah, the power of the blogosphere. As of 11:00 a.m. this morning, the City of Chicago has removed the security cameras from the top of Millennium Park's Crown Fountain. Good riddance. Devyn and I blogged about the offending cameras and got the Chicago Tribune to write an article on the issue--and article that appeared today. You're welcome, Chicago :-) Read More

On How to Hail a Blogger

I wrote an essay about the lessons I learned pitching bloggers for the national '7 Days @ Minimum Wage' employment-rights video blog project. Now, Chicago's Community Media Workshop has published that essay on their website as part of their grassroots training library. Here's what I learned in a nutshell. Read More

Macy’s North: It’s Lonely In Here

If you thought you heard a citywide refrain of 'I told you so' yesterday, you weren't imagining things. According to a report in Wednesday's Chicago Tribune, Federated finally admits feeling financial pain over a hardcore group of former Marshall Field's shoppers who decided to quit shopping the chain when the nameplate was switched to Macy's last fall. Read More