“Downstate” Illinois Means What You Want It To Mean

Growing up in the Chicago area has absolutely shaped my perspective on the state of Illinois as a whole. Whether or not we were in Chicagoland, as it’s generally referred to, was never in question. Elmhurst sits on the eastern edge of DuPage County, with the Eisenhower Expressway just blocks away from my home offering … Continue reading “Downstate” Illinois Means What You Want It To Mean

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Mass Transit Usage Needs an Incentivized Boost

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Chicago-area expressways recently, commuting back and forth to the city as I run between a new freelance contract position and my part-time retail job on days when those schedules butt up against each other. When I was working full-time downtown I was a regular train rider, largely … Continue reading Mass Transit Usage Needs an Incentivized Boost

One Picture Sums Up the State of the Newspaper Industry

I took the above picture a few weeks ago while on the Metra train from Aurora into Chicago. It's the shelf those sitting on the upper level can put their bags or other items on. When I first started working downtown back in 1998 that shelf would be littered with strewn about copies of the … Continue reading One Picture Sums Up the State of the Newspaper Industry

The Magic of Cubs Twitter

My latest on Voce Nation: Full squad workouts began last week in Mesa, AZ, as Chicago’s National League Ball Club – the Cubs, in case you’re unfamiliar – begin Spring Training along with the rest of the league. And it looks like they’re already in midseason form.To be clear, I’m talking about the @Cubs Twitter … Continue reading The Magic of Cubs Twitter

Collected thoughts on the future of Chicago media

Last night I opened my computer, fully intending to get some writing done while occasionally checking on Twitter to get updates on the Cubs game. Well the game was delayed because of rain but then I noticed the super-bright Scott Smith was having a conversation where he was soliciting thoughts and opinions on how to … Continue reading Collected thoughts on the future of Chicago media

Opening Day 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xBxZGQ1dJk The Cubs take the field in Pittsburgh today for the first game of 2014. While the 2013 season largely eluded me I'm excited about the start of a new one, maybe because this winter was so mind-crushingly oppressive. But the fact remains that so many of the games this season, as they have been … Continue reading Opening Day 2014

Meet Clark…you’ll find him on Addison

So yeah... The Cubs have an official mascot. His name is Clark, and he'll make his debut Monday during a visit to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Pediatric Developmental Center. via The Cubs have a new official mascot: Clark the Cub. - redeyechicago.com. I was originally going to say something snarky and mean about this, but … Continue reading Meet Clark…you’ll find him on Addison

Maddux goes to the Hall

Congratulations to one of the, by all accounts, nicest guys in professional sports. Always a class act on the field, obviously a mentor to younger players of all kinds and just a great pitcher. Too bad his career was sullied by so much time spent in Atlanta. 🙂 Maddux broke into the majors with the … Continue reading Maddux goes to the Hall

Brookfield Zoo seal pup

Because I'm just a big old softy who's a sucker for pictures of cute baby animals born at local zoos and such. Photos: A Grey Seal Pup Is Brookfield Zoo's First Birth Of 2014: Chicagoist.

30 calories of soda

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