With blueberries at their seasonal apex during National Blueberry Month (aka July), now seems as good a time as any to binge on blue. The luscious fruits can currently be found on menus throughout Chicago in both edible and potable varieties.
I discovered the Eastland when I was 26 years old. It was 1999 and I was curating an exhibition about the Titanic at the Museum of Science and Industry. As a native Chicagoan and local history buff, the discovery was a shock in more ways than one. In my head, and in my heart, I was 26 years behind schedule and 84 years too late.
On July 24, 1915, the S.S. Eastland was docked at the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle streets. One of five excursion vessels chartered by the
architecture is all over downtown Chicago. and in particular three iconic
skyscrapers in this style pop into my mind when I think "postmodern." To
start out, there's some confusion over what the style is, and that's because it
is somewhat eclectic. Generally we are talking after modernism, primarily with
dark steel boxes of Mies van der Rohe and all his emulators.
The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 16-17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While
you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere
on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to
view the show in comfort and style.
It's movie night. You have some freshly popped popcorn ready, an ice cold soda in hand, and a couple boxes of candy as you look upon the silver screen next to your friends, family, and some flamingos ... Flamingos? I'll explain.
The Chicago Cubs finish the last 10 days of July with as many home games, kicked off today by a three-game historic 1970s homestand versus the San Diego Padres. The Cubs then face division rival St. Louis Cardinals, July 25-27, and then cap their stay at home with a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, July 28-31. Make sure to head over to Wrigley Field for these three great home series and celebrate the Friendly Confines' 100th birthday.
The recent placement of the Trump International Hotel & Tower sign on Chicago's riverfront inspired me to take a look at
other prominent signs of Chicago skyscrapers. Downtown was once littered with neon
and marquee lights, and over the years the identification of building owners
has generally become more subdued. However, it certainly hasn't disappeared. Here is a look at the history behind some of the signs topping
On a trip to Hyde Park, most folks stop by some of the neighborhood's
star attractions: the Museum of Science and Industry, the Court Theatre,
and perhaps a stop at the Medici on 57th Street for some pizza and
First-time visitors and seasoned South Siders might also do well to
check out a few of the lesser-known gems (architectural and other) right
nearby on the University of Chicago campus. Here's a quick tour of
three fascinating moments that are worth your