Tag Archives: Chicago

Waiting for our ruby-throated guests

I have to admit, when I first learned that hummingbirds were here in Chicago, I was rather shocked. Aren’t they tropical birds? Chicago? Really? But I have seen them at the Botanic Gardens and even once in our yard. They … Continue reading

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Browsing

I went to a haiku poetry reading yesterday by the winners of a city-wide haiku contest for students through middle school. One of my students won a third place and two others received honorable mentions. The reading was held at … Continue reading

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“Yes, the dogs are loose.”

Jane Byrne died last Friday (1933-2014). She was the first and only female mayor of Chicago, lasting for only a term 1979-1983, replaced by Chicago’s only black mayor, Harold Washington. Though she ran as a reformer, she was trained in the … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier’s Chicago

I finally made it to the Vivian Maier Exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was a nanny in the northern suburbs of Chicago, who took photographs on her days off. Born in New York, she grew up … Continue reading

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Sandy in Chicago

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Happy Birthday, Mike Royko (1932-1997)

Mike Royko’s (1932-1997) birthday is today. For those of you outside of the Chicago area, Royko was a gritty, blue collar, sarcastic, humorous newspaper columnist who wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, always poking at the … Continue reading

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Nothing small about that…

Michael’s Museum is now a part of the rich cultural treasures of this city. Its openings on Friday (morning and evening) clearly reflected this. Like the best openings, the public was filled with expectation, curiosity, great eagerness. This energy was … Continue reading

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