Friday, April 29, 2011

Harrison Haiku

I've mentioned before that most of the CTA el stations have some type of public art installation. At the Harrison Stop on the Red Line, this art is in the form of haikus written by students in Columbia College's Creative Writing Poetry program and students from the nearby Jones College Prep School.

This particular haiku seems to indicate that the Cubs vs. Sox is not the only North Side/South Side rivalry in Chicago. (The Clark and Lake stop is on the North Side; the Harrison stop is on the South Side.)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's one of those things ...

... you WANT to know why there are handcuffs on the signpost ... but maybe not.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April Sunset

A sunset from the other side of the Lake.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ramp-a-liciously Spring

OK. Forget what the weather is like, now it is really Spring because Ramps are in season. Ramps are a wonderfully earthy cross between garlic and an onion and are the first green edible item to emerge after the long dark winter days of root vegetables (really, how many ways can you make potatoes, carrots, and onions). Seasonal eaters REJOICE!

Ramps may also be responsible for the name of this city. You see, the Potawatami word for wild onion (also skunk, but we choose to ignore that translation) is Checagou. Apparently the area had a lively crop of ramps "back in the day", giving the area a distinctive fragrance.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Angles and Patterns

Lots of angles, curves and patterns in this little section of a building on Wells Street.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Balcony Illusion

The Spring sun (yea!!) gave the illusion of larger balconies on this Near North Side building.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Made U Look ...

... and made me take a picture. The proof is in the rear view mirror ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Horsing Around

Sometimes (OK, a lot of times) it's good to vary your normal route. I hadn't walked by the Anti-Cruelty Society in a long time. Yesterday, when I did, I remembered it had these cool etchings of people, almost guardians really, and animals. I think these etchings may date back to 1936 since in the lower corner of this section of the building is the signature "LLW 1936".

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Practicing to Get Ready

You don't just get a boat and then start sailing it. Well, you can but it isn't really a good idea. There's a whole book written about the results.

But these smart folks were doing it right: taking a class before the boating season starts so they are prepared when (if?) the Spring weather decides to finally make an appearance and stick around for a few days.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stre-e-e-e-tching to Get Ready

Caught these workers maneuvering some new docks into place in Burnham Harbor. Spring may actually be on the way.

Friday, April 1, 2011



It's April Fool's Day.
It's also Opening Day for Cubs Baseball!

Nah, 'cause THIS is the year that they break that curse.