X Marks the Spot – the Face in the Fountain

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One of the odder pieces of public art in Chicago are the Crown Fountain, located smack in the middle of downtown and an anchor point of Millennium Park.  Two giant square columns, built of what looks like glass bricks, face one another across a stone courtyard.  Different faces appear on the sides that face each other, and a stream of water flows out of the mouths and fill ...
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Very Diverse

I'm puzzled by all the vitriol in the media, particularly social media, right now that's gotten conflated with the election.  I don't want to drag us off into the weeds talking politics, because this blog is about entertainment, but I do want to share some things I've learned from Diversity Training in corporate America, as well as from the University of California, Irvine,...
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All the Options!

One of the things I love about Chicago is the opportunity to study pretty much anything I want.  Four of the top twenty-five universities are here:  DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago.  Top-tier state schools, the University of Illinois - Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University are both here, as well as excellent private universities such as No...
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Trains

Sorry that today's post is late; I have a cold and have spent most of the weekend sleeping. If you live in Chicago, or are here for an extended visit, you are more than likely going to encounter the elevated commuter trains - locals call it the "L," for short.  My husband and I, above, use it to get to the airport for vacation, for example.  I used to use it every day wh...
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Willis! Sears! Willis! Sears! Willis! Sears! Whatcha Gonna Callit?

At one time the tallest building in the world, the Sears  Willis Tower is the tallest building in a city of tall buildings.  Finished in 1973, it's actually separate buildings built together like a handful of drinking straws.  They don't tell you until you're in the elevator to the top and the famous Skydeck that there aren't cables holding the elevator up, but pneumatics: ...
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Rogers Park

According to the Chicago Tribune, "What was once the convergence of two Native American trails is now known as Rogers Avenue and Ridge Boulevard in the neighborhood. Various regional tribes often settled in Rogers Park. This neighborhood's rich history is still celebrated today with the Indian Boundary Park and the Pottawattomie Park." (1) What I love about living here is h...
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The Shedd aQuarium

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See how I did that?  There's a "Q" in aQuarium, right?  So it's a Q word. So there. But really, I have an ulterior motive:  one of my favorite parts about Chicago is its museums.  And the Shedd Aquarium is one of three on the "Museum Campus," the other two being the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.  You can even craft a special memory with ...
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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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Brave Enough To Speak the Truth About Body Image

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I know Oprah Winfrey elicits strong opinions, positive or negative, and I'm not here to try and sway your opinion one way or another.  Her television empire, Harpo Studios, has had its offices here in Chicago for years and one could go see the Oprah Winfrey Show right here, just west of the loop.  While not a native, Oprah has made a home here and, in the process, has becom...
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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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