Chicago Children’s Museum Archive

“Downtown Local” Podcast Debuts on Chicago Carless

Given me and my big mouth, it had to happen sometime. Today debuts Downtown Local, my (most likely allegedly) weekly podcast look at life, love, and folly from the heart of downtown Chicago. I'll use the podcast to expand on issues I cover in my regular blog posts, as well as to share new stories--and, of course, rants. Read More

“Lots more rabbits and squirrels…”

The title a beautifully incisive quote from New East Side resident Eric Frost, poobah of the nascent downtown discussion board WindyChat, when asked why his kids prefer to romp in the playground of Daley Bicentennial Plaza instead of in Lakeshore East Park. I interviewed him over coffee at the Randolph Street Intelligentsia in an effort to delve deeper into the residential opposition to the Chicago Children's Museum's planned move from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Read More

Explaining the Chicago Children’s Museum

On Friday, I was given unfettered access to interview the administrative staff of the Chicago Children's Museum. I wanted to learn about the museum's civic importance, programs, and reputation--all things Chicago dailies have ignored in their ongoing coverage of the controversy surrounding the museum's proposed move from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Read More

Much Ado About Nothing (Being Built In Grant Park)

I don't have an answer to the question of whether the Chicago Children's Museum should be allowed to build a new home for itself in the Daley Bicentennial Plaza section of Grant Park. But I do think the possibility deserves to be debated and not cut off at the knees as it seems the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune would have it. Read More