Category Archives: Chicago

Sun rises on The Bean!

sun rises in the bean, originally uploaded by eweliyi.

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Day 331 of 365 travel memories sunrise at the bean at 6:30am with Cynthia
I know you all have seen thousands of pictures of the bean, well here is 1001st, deal with it 🙂


The Ravinia Festival has some “interesting acts” this summer

The 2011 Ravinia Festival schedule has been announced. Besides the usual wonderful classical music lineup, there are some odd pop pairings this year. For example, on 18 June, classic rock band Deep Purple will play with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. On 4 September, country-pop artist Carrie Underwood will also appear with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

No Kanye West or Lady Gaga, of course, but some of the acts have been around for awhile. On 10 June, The Judds will appear in a farewell concert although I thought they quit performing years ago. Maybe it’s their 2011 farewell concert! Hall & Oates appear on 26 June. Peter Frampton will appear on 5 July for his Frampton Comes Alive 35 tour! I think the “35” refers to the 35th anniversary of the Frampton Comes Alive album (although it could refer to the 35 people who still care!).

Other acts past their prime are Chicago, The Moody Blues, Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I guess Wham! isn’t touring this summer.

There’s even an ABBA cover band presenting the “Music of ABBA.” You really can’t make this up!

To be fair, still-relevant Maroon 5 appears 30 June and 1 July.

Since Ravinia is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I have always found the classical music to be more interesting than the pop acts.

My old bank is turning into a bar

Just read an article about the bank building where I used to work at Ashland and Division in the Wicker Park area. The building is being converted and the old basement vault area will become a bar!

The building was built, if I remember correctly, in the early 1920s and was a solid “old-school” bank building. The vault in the basement was huge and will serve as the lounge for the restaurant that will go in there.

100th anniversary of deadly 1910 stockyards fire

Twenty-one Chicago firefighters were killed in this devastating fire at the Union Stockyards 100 years ago today. It stood as the single greatest loss of professional big-city firefighters in U.S. history until September 11, 2001.

Chicago Blackhawks poll

The Chicago Blackhawks begin conference semifinal playoff action Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. How far will the Blackhawks go this year?

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West Side Grounds Plaque

Another Flickr fave. This site is just south of the Eisenhower Expressway and was home to the Chicago Cubs from 1893 to 1915. The 1906 World Series between the Cubs and White Sox was played here and the Cubs’ last world championship was won here in 1908. A total of four World Series were hosted here.

I have not been to this site, but would like to go sometime soon.

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Cubs lose to Nationals 15-6 —

While the Cash for Clunkers program ended Monday, the Cubs continued to roll out their lemons Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

This is a clever lead-in for the article!

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House of Blues

The marquee in front of historic Wrigley Field. A few years ago — during my “blue period” — I used a filter in Paint Shop Pro to reverse the reds and blues in the photo (leaving everything else black and white). Anyone who has been to Wrigley Field knows the marquee is red.

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