2 Aug, 2019

One of the Most Picturesque Chicago Neighborhoods You’ve Probably Never Heard of: The Pullman Historic District

August 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , |

Row Houses on St. Lawrence Ave, Pullman Historic District, Chicago Chicago is like that: In its farther reaches, bland wide streets lined with strip malls or highways with twisting on- [...]

2 Mar, 2018

To the Lighthouse

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How can a public place can be so personal? How can I be so attached to a place I don't own,  maintain, nor have a say in its very existence? [...]

29 Sep, 2016

Visiting My Old Life

September 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

Yesterday morning I had occasion to walk around the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville where I used to work eight years ago. It's always interesting to see how much it [...]

8 Jul, 2016

Peace is at the Beach

July 8th, 2016|Tags: , |

Temperatures have soared in Chicago, and so it's fitting that my beach article appeared on kveller today. The idea for it occurred to me many years ago while sprawled on [...]

25 Jan, 2016

Happy Tu Bishvat!

January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Today is the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees, and in honor of this celebration that seems out of place here, my article How My Kids [...]

25 Dec, 2015

From the Christkindlmarket

December 25th, 2015|Tags: , |

From my traditional annual visit to Chicago's downtown Christkindlmarket, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! It's been unseasonably warm here, no snow flakes and icy cold to company my sipping [...]

20 Jul, 2015

Farewell, Hemingway House!

July 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

My year as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park has come to an end and as I say farewell to my studio in the attic, I treat [...]

13 Jul, 2015

The Way to Work

July 13th, 2015|Tags: , , |

My days as the writer-in-residence at the Hemingway House in Oak Park are drawing to a close, and so I decided to document my drive there. I have come to [...]

4 May, 2015

Missing the Japanese Garden

May 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

  I miss the Osaka Japanese Garden; now is the time of year when I would seek it out on a spring time walk. My kids consider it "theirs." Goes [...]

17 Dec, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

December 17th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, quite appropriate for my family's annual visit to Chicago's Christkindlmarket downtown, thanks to Chabad Lubavitch's giant Menorah. At the Christkindlmarket we stock up [...]

8 Dec, 2014

You Can Always Count on the Waves

December 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

  I consider living along the Chicago lakefront one of the great blessings of my life. The other day I went for one of my favorite walks, along Rogers Park [...]

20 Oct, 2014

Open House Chicago: New Regal Theater

October 20th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

It might look like I traveled to the Middle East to take this picture, but I only traveled to the far South Side of Chicago to peek into the interior [...]

11 Jun, 2014

Unveiling: The Chicago List Essay Project

June 11th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Our Chicago - Eleven Writers on their City - Edited by Annette Gendler | Make Your Own Book I published a book with my students! Our Chicago is a collection of [...]

29 Apr, 2014

Driehaus Museum

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Drawing Room Lamp, Driehaus Museum Two blocks west of the Magnificent Mile, on Erie Street, there is to be found a marble palace. It is, from the outside, an stately [...]

13 Feb, 2014

Winter White Lake

February 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

  On Monday I treated myself to a walk on the lakefront. "Treated," because going for a walk is a major operation these days, involving long underwear, serious snow boots [...]

19 Nov, 2013

Art: Boring Today, Interesting Tomorrow?

November 19th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Pierce Hall, in its current state of half demolition For my Artist's Dates these past two weeks, I attended the two-evening Bookmakers program offered jointly by the Smart Museum and the [...]

21 Oct, 2013

Open House Chicago: Elks Memorial

October 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

  Open House Chicago is one of those events that delights me to no end because I get to explore and learn and discover beauty I never knew was there. Hosted [...]

10 Sep, 2013

Summer’s Grand Finale

September 10th, 2013|Tags: , |

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the City of Chicago shoots fireworks off a barge by Navy Pier. I usually manage to go to see [...]

7 Aug, 2013

Chicago Skyline in Miniature

August 7th, 2013|Tags: , |

  Living in Chicago, today's August Break topic "skyline" is an easy one. However, in the heat and storms we're having today, I was not about to go out to [...]

6 Aug, 2013

Diagonals and a Lot of Sky

August 6th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Typical Chicago six-flat brownstone rooftops - with back porches and power lines, as seen from an alley, also typical I treated myself to a photography retreat last Sunday at the [...]

4 Jul, 2013

A Neighborhood Parade

July 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

 These guys actually bring up the rear of the 4th of July Parade in Hyde Park, Chicago, but what could be more American than a bunch of cowboys, albeit [...]

11 Jun, 2013

Fog on Lake Shore Drive

June 11th, 2013|Tags: |

Fog is rare in Chicago, but yesterday evening it rolled in thick off Lake Michigan as I was driving up and down Lake Shore Drive in the evening to pick [...]

4 Jun, 2013

Chicago Evening Blue

June 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

The blue hour is my favorite time of day in downtown Chicago - just before dusk sets in, when all the windows turn an iridescent blue. After a rainfall the [...]

26 May, 2013

Biked the Drive!

May 26th, 2013|Tags: , |

It looks like doing Bike the Drive is a family tradition now thanks to my daughter who convinced me to do it last year. This year it already was an "Of [...]

22 May, 2013

Banner Update

May 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

It's time to switch out that blog banner again! I've discovered I am pretty consistent about doing this every six months; my last update was December 7. So here's what's [...]

15 Apr, 2013

Touring the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District of Oak Park

April 15th, 2013|Tags: , |

Urns in garden wall of Moore-Dugal Residence, built in 1895 by Frank Lloyd Wright Once in a while, it's fun to play tourist in your own town. While my kids are [...]

6 Mar, 2013

Snow Day

March 6th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Yesterday the biggest snow storm of the season hit Chicago. Never mind that it's March and we're more in the mood for spring flowers than snow flakes. It started snowing in the [...]

1 Mar, 2013

February Fireworks

March 1st, 2013|Tags: |

Navy Pier Fireworks (via ChicTraveler) I moseyed downtown today after work to attend a gallery opening in the hopes of meeting Michael Thompson, whose art work Kosher I've featured on [...]

25 Feb, 2013

Grönemeyer in Chicago

February 25th, 2013|Tags: , |

Herbert Grönemeyer Concert at Chicago Theatre, February 23, 2013 Lieber Herbert Grönemeyer,   [English translation below] Herrlich, dass Sie da waren! Dass wir Sie in Chicago hautnah erlebt haben, für $50 [...]

18 Feb, 2013

Winter Beach

February 18th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Assembling a photo essay from one of my outings is one of my happiest pursuits, and so over this long weekend (In the U.S. it's Presidents Day today, which means the [...]

31 Jan, 2013

Grönemeyer in Chicago and New York

January 31st, 2013|Tags: , |

Marquee of the Beacon Theatre, New York, January 2013 This is how life works: I have to travel to New York to find out that German rockstar Herbert Grönemeyer, one [...]

23 Jan, 2013

Snow Flurries!

January 23rd, 2013|Tags: , |

I usually don't get excited about snow flurries, especially not on a rather dreary day like today, but right now I am because it means we are finally getting some snow [...]

7 Jan, 2013

Winter Beach Walk

January 7th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

New Year's Day had me walking the beach with my younger son, and I'm glad we did because then the weather turned gray, and the last remnants of ice and [...]

14 Dec, 2012

At the Christkindlmarket

December 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

This is why we go to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago every year - to visit the giant Menorah during Chanukah, and to enjoy German delicacies from our past (My [...]

15 Nov, 2012

Open House at the Museum of Science and Industry

November 15th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Under the South Portico of the Musem of Science and Industry where one usually doesn't get to hang out. A reader's comment on my post about Chicago Art Deco at the [...]

18 Oct, 2012

Chicago Art Deco at the Powhatan

October 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I took this snapshot while leaving the lobby of the Powhatan - I loved the red of the event shuttle bus as background to the two figures, the woman stopping [...]

29 Jun, 2012

Guest Blog by Susanne Helmert: My Lake, My Love

June 29th, 2012|Tags: , , |

As we head into the weekend, I am happy to offer some serenity by the way of Susanne Helmert's Lake Michigan photos. As threatened in my post about her work [...]

28 Jun, 2012

Biked the Drive

June 28th, 2012|Tags: , |

Cruising onto Lake Shore Drive at 57th Street at 5:45 a.m. My kids and I biked Lake Shore Drive back in May, and it's taken me this long to report [...]

5 Jun, 2012

At the 57th Street Art Fair

June 5th, 2012|Tags: , |

Howard Scott's funny maps intrigue visitors at the 57th Street Art Fair Browsing the 57th Street Art Fair, right in our very own neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, is [...]

27 May, 2012

Bike the Drive

May 27th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Catching my own shadow biking earlier this year, when I was still wearing a heavy jacket. This morning, as this post is going up, I am biking the Drive. Bike [...]

8 May, 2012

Why Shanghai is Closer than the Suburbs

May 8th, 2012|Tags: |

A good friend of mine has just moved to the suburbs, actually worse than that, the ruburbs, and I am scared. Scared that I shall never see her again. Because [...]

4 May, 2012

The Poetry Garage

May 4th, 2012|Tags: , |

We had been parking at the 201 West Madison Self Park in downtown Chicago for years, when all of a sudden, pretty much exactly a year ago, it turned into "The Poetry Garage." [...]

1 Mar, 2012

Photo Essay: The Colors of Millennium Park

March 1st, 2012|Tags: , |

As some of you know from my recent "Drab & Color" photo essay, I've been hunting for color lately. Last week I had a little time before meeting a friend [...]

29 Feb, 2012

Chicago Bookstores: Hyde Park

February 29th, 2012|Tags: , |

The "Memoirs A-Z" book case at Powell's - if you read this blog regularly, you know I'm partial to memoirs, so it will come as no surprise that this is [...]

23 Feb, 2012

Photo Essay: Drab and Color

February 23rd, 2012|Tags: , |

To date we've had merely two significant snow falls in Chicago, and both times the snow lasted only a few days, so it's been a drab winter. Without the white blanket of [...]

28 Dec, 2011

A Menorah and a Wreath

December 28th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of Chanukah, so it's high time I share this picture with you, taken at the Pritzker Military Library last week. The library overlooks Michigan Avenue [...]

27 Dec, 2011

Photo Essay: Christkindlmarket Chicago

December 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, a visit to the Christkindlmarket downtown Chicago is obligatory - mainly because I can find favorite German delicacies there that I remember from my [...]

20 Dec, 2011

Photo Essay: Lincoln Park Zoo

December 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

My 11-year-old is off from school already this week, and wanted to go to the zoo (Who knew?). So yesterday we spent the morning at Lincoln Park Zoo. I hadn't [...]

1 Dec, 2011

Encounter with Art

December 1st, 2011|Tags: , |

When you first approach the Midway, you wonder: What shines so bright between the trees at night? In Chicago you don't have to go to a museum to experience art. Rather, [...]

22 Nov, 2011

Photo Essay: Fall at the Beach

November 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

I love that living in Chicago means the beach is not only about summer. Here's the concession stand at the Rogers Park Beach in October. Here's that same stand a few [...]

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