Category Archives: Outdoors

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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The Magic Hedge

At the height of the Cold War, the US Army maintained NIKE anti-aircraft missiles at Montrose Harbor. When the Army left, the remnants of the launch structures were taken over by sand and flora, including the famed honeysuckle hedges. This … Continue reading

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What a day

Weather-wise, that is. Mid-January, but yet sunny, with temperatures above freezing. I walked along the beach and out onto the pier. A few more years, and we’ll have palm trees growing there. It will be like Miami beach without the … Continue reading

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