Two weeks ago, Time Out Chicago published the winners of a Chicago photo contest that asked readers to submit photos representing the Windy City. There were no restrictions placed on subject matter. So why did the magazine’s editors decide to completely disqualify photos of Chicago’s world-famous built environment?
Yesterday, my blog post about signage in the new Macy’s State Street that invented names of Chicago streets made citywide news. Then it made national news. And none of that would have happened if Federated staff had simply bothered to look at a map of the Loop. Or proofread. Or realize that the correct street names are already printed above every exit in the former Marshall Field’s flagship store.
Last week I submitted a review of the Art Institute’s Gene Siskel Film Center to the sage scribes of CenterStage Chicago. Today, the CenterStage Eds told me I was chosen Review of the Week, for being last week’s most ‘insider-tip-filled’ review.
Today, the Chicago Sun-Times Letters page published my response to the CTA’s use of a grade-school contest to determine an appropriate name for the impending new route for the Cermak Branch of the Blue Line–a folly that countermanded the educated judgment of the CTA’s own, well-paid planners and cartographers.
Yesterday, the Sun-Times published my response to a December 6th Commentary piece on the debate over the right of downtown Chicago residents to demand noise controls on street musicians. They said downtowners should wear earplugs. I said, are you kidding me?