Category Archives: Outdoors

Spring, 2022

Each Spring, Chicago plants billions (well, at least a million) tulips along Michigan Avenue. Each Spring, Chicago raises the bridges downtown to let sailboats that have been in storage all winter out into the lake. Each Spring, Chicago finally warms … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day

A nice, sunny day in Chicago. Wind chill was -20°C. But it was sunny. So we decided to stroll down Michigan Avenue. One of the major problems in going anywhere in Chicago in the winter is deciding how to dress. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

The Lunar New Year parade in our neighborhood today. Sixty-fifth anniversary of the Bezazian branch of the Public Library. Bezazian was a WW II hero. Wind chill was -15°C. Everyone had a good time. Although I imagine those drummers’ fingers … Continue reading

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Xmas in the City

We went downtown this evening to see the lights. Billions and billions of little twinkly lights. “I don’t remember all these lights when I was a little kid,” I told CVH. “That’s because they didn’t have all these lights when … Continue reading

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North Pond

We are lucky in that we live next to Lincoln Park (you can see part of it in the “Edgewater Beach Now” picture on the right side of this blog). Although I have spent many hours in the park this … Continue reading

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Full Moon Jam

Although the full moon was two nights ago, there was a Full Moon Jam in the park this evening. This has been going on for over fifteen years. A bunch of people beat on drums and others dance with torches. … Continue reading

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Buddha Heads

A Chicago (or maybe Evanston) artist has installed a number of Buddha heads around the city. Several of them lie between the lakefront bike path and the freeway, and I pass by them regularly. The artist, Indira Johnson, says the … Continue reading

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The Balbo Monument

The Balbo Monument consists of an ancient Roman breccia column on top of a plinth. It commemorates a difficult transatlantic seaplane crossing by the Italian aviator Italo Balbo. The column dates to the period of Julius Caesar, and comes from … Continue reading

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The 1% have them, too.

A beautiful summer morning here in Chicago, and I went for a bike ride through the park. The Lyft people maintain a fleet of rental bicycles in the city. There are several thousand bicycles and hundreds of stations where you … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

It turns out that the beach behind our building is a popular place to launch fireworks on the Fourth of July. And after two hours of listening to concussive blasts and watching the flashes light up the entire beach, my … Continue reading

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