Polish Culture

Polish is the third most common language spoken in Chicago, behind English and Spanish, and it is said that there are more Polish people here than in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.  I'm not sure about that last fact, as I couldn't find verification of it, but it's a commonly stated aphorism that I've heard since moving here. One thing I find interesting is that I ha...
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In the Navy! la la la

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBXu-iY7cw Wait, is that not what I meant? Nope! I meant Navy Pier, Chicago, baby! What is Navy Pier, you ask?  Well, it's not where the Navy lands, that's for sure.  The base is north of the city in North Chicago, which oddly is not connected to Chicago in any way and is near the border with Wisconsin.  Confused yet?  It's the Naval...
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The Largest Inland Sea

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When I still worked downtown, this was one of the views on my daily walks - Burnham Harbor. This is my husband, the professional photographer at Wolfshead Photography.  I have a lot of photos of him taking pictures, because that's the state in which he's most serene and at peace.  Behind him is a view of Chicago and, of course, the lake. Locals call it "The Lake,"...
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Welcome to Koreatown

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Holy cow.  I could not find any pictures of Koreatown through Creative Commons today.  I even had trouble finding general "Albany Park" pictures, so you'll to content yourself with the, admittedly lovely, picture above. I have lived in this town for almost twenty years and in all that time, I am a regular commuter on the Brown Line from Kimball, its terminus.  The Kimbal...
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The Tallest Exoskeleton Building In the World

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Chicago is a tall town.  We have something like five of the ten tallest buildings in the world, or some such.  We no longer hold the distinction of the tallest building, but our urbanscape is filled with feats of architecture and engineering, enough to make any urbanscape photographer ecstatic. Take this monster, for instance.  It's the tallest exoskeleton skyscraper on ...
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Cuisine In Chicago – the Ubiquitous Italian

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My husband is Italian American, among other things - a little German and Irish, too.  But his grandmother was born one month this side of the crossing, which means her mother made the crossing pregnant.  Think about it - the nineteen-teens, on a ship, pregnant.  Yikes.  Tough stock, my husband's people. And, he cooks. Which, since my subject today is Italian food in C...
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Haunted by the Past

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No, not that kind of past!  The ghost kind of past! Oh. Well, sorry, I've been cleaning up my office and drowning in paper, so it seemed fitting.  ANYway, let's see. Haunted Chicago Chicago is famous for a lot of things.  To ghost hunters, this is one haunted town.  There are books on the subject, ghost tours, and even a Meetup group dedicated to ghost hunting.  Fro...
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Gulliver’s Travels – Not the Book, the Place

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In the "it's a small world" category, Gulliver's Restaurant ranks as one of the first places I went on a date after I moved to Chicago.  So, for that reason alone, it's got a special place in my heart.  While famous for their pizza, I adore their spinach fettuccini with pesto sauce and coconut cranberry smoothie. Yeah, I know. I have weird food tastes. :) But that...
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The Crown Jewel of the Museum Campus: The Field Museum

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One of the largest museums of its kind in the world, the Field Museum houses such an enormous collection that only a small fraction of its holdings are on view at any one time.  The rest are used by researchers or held in storage vaults under the museum and in its neighboring building across the quad. But all that is the serious, formal stuff.  What I love about this pla...
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Get Your Pink On – In Edgewater!

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And now, Dear Reader, our travels take us east to the lakefront and one of the most striking of the high rises on the north side:  the Edgewater Beach Apartments.  It used to have a sister property, the Edgewater Beach Hotel, also pink, but it's since been demolished in the wave of progress. The interesting thing about this building, besides it's vibrant pink hue, is its...
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