Good Night, Chicago, Good Night!

Chicago, From A to Z This year, we decided to do our challenge on location, specifically the location of Noon & Wilder ourselves.  Originally, I'd planned to do one day Chicago, one day Las Vegas; however, in brainstorming my list of A to Z, I realized I had plenty from which to choose for the Windy City.  And anyway, our series The Chicagoland Shifters is set right here...
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Zoo – Too!

Well, Dear Reader, we've made it.  A day late, maybe, but no dollars short on this tour of the Chicagoland. That's a funny term:  "Chicagoland."  I remember when I first moved here, I heard it used on the radio by a dj and thought is sounded ridiculous.  "The Chicagoland."  Dude, it's a city; it's got a name.  It's not a land.  But, regional dialects prevail and I now us...
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This Is a Great Town For Yarn

Chicago.  That toddlin' town, known for its pizza, and hot dogs, and the Cubbies, and... YARN! Huh? Really, this is a great place to have a yarn problem.  Addiction, even.  There are all sorts of places one can get into trouble with sticks and string. One of the largest guilds in the country is here, the Windy City Knitting Guild.  The men and women of the guilt s...
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Wrigley Field – Play Ball!

My post is tardy, Dear Reader, and for that I apologize.  The cold that's going around is enjoying itself by jumping up and down on me.  I'll catch up, I promise!  Here then, is the post for yesterday, or "W" - Wrigley Field! Anyone who's spent any time in Chicago is likely to discover that we have a cross-town rivalry in baseball - we're one of the few cities who do.  W...
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X Marks the Spot – the Face in the Fountain

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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