Latest

The Millennium Park Effect

Share
The Project for Public Spaces assesses Chicago's universally loved Millennium Park and labels it a failure. Judging by the heavy use the park gets from Windy City locals, you have to wonder whether the organization actually visited it in the first place.
Read More

“Stranded in Chicago, Please Help”

Share
If it's August, it must be CST, Chicago Stranded Time. You know them: a diverse band of scruffy youths sitting on the pavement up and down State Street holding up a worn cardboard sign: Stranded in Chicago, Please Help.' Except they're not.
Read More

Hoar-ticulture

Share
The latest casualty in U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald's long-overdue war on Chicago municipal graft, Shirley McMayon, made the classic Hogtown mistake. She assumed no one was watching, and she didn't bother to launder the money.
Read More

Your Friend, 820 ILCS 115

Share
Yours Truly having just filed a Wage Claim against a nonprofit English-as-a-Second-Language school in Pilsen, a former part-time employer, for pay deliberately and illegally withheld, I think it time to meditate on the best friend an Illinois hourly worker ever had--the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
Read More

Stupid Daley Tricks #1

Share
I'm no knee-jerk fan of da mare, though I will say he's finally an out-of-the-closet urbanist. However, the latest affront to the legacy of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago speaks for itself. At least through the incisive words of Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Read More