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Snowmageddon – Video Updates

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Snowmageddon – Photo Updates

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

We ventured out!

Apryl outside Apt

Apryl in the street

Apryl's Car

Hayden's Car

Apryl Snow Angel


Buried Car

Back of the Apt

Hollywood comes to Holstein Park.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Today, there were film crew trucks lined up all down Holstein Park as 20th Century Park were in our neighborhood filming a scene at the 16 inch softball field for an upcoming television show. I should have gotten a better picture of the actual filming, especially since you could walk right up to the scene. Instead, I got a photo of the sound mixer and these crew trucks:

There is a light that never goes out.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010


What was meant to be a day full of Grateful Dead posts celebrating the life of Jerry Garcia was suddenly brought to a halt yesterday (which is why half of them were posted today), when the power in our entire neighborhood went out for over 6 hours. Luckily, the power didn’t go out in Livermore, home of the longest running light bulb. Click here to see it shining brightly.

We’re great!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010


Check out the latest digital edition (page 65) of the Chicago magazine and find out why our neighborhood was picked for it’s cover story, “20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods”.

My dad’s winter visit.

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The Bean

Typically, we don’t get guests during the winter months. But, for my dad, who actually enjoys the cold weather, it was the perfect time for a visit. Now, usually when my dad comes up, we attend a sporting event. But this time, we stayed clear of the arenas, and instead entertained ourselves with a series of tourist stops and dining adventures.

Below are some photos from my dad’s visit:

My dad shows off his Chicken Parmigiana from Da Luciano, a small Italian restaurant that known for having a separate, gluten-free kitchen.

Dan's Tackle Shop

Here’s my dad at Dan’s Tackle Service, an oddity of a fishing store found right in our neighborhood. My dad and Dan had a nice conversation about Arkansas fishing.

Art Museum

During the entire month of February, admission is free at the Art Institute of Chicago. As you can see, we took advantage of it. My favorite thing my dad said, while staring at Grant Wood’s American Gothic, was “this is the only one? This isn’t a copy?” Nope, it’s the real deal.


We finally ate at a Rick Bayless restaurant. The above photo is my chicken chorizo tacos from Frontera Fresco, located on the 7th floor of Macy’s (once Marshall Fields) on State Street.

Chicago Cultural Center

On the left hand frame, you can see Apryl sharing information to my Dad about the Chicago Cultural Center.

WIllis Tower

Towards the end of our day on Saturday, we went to the SkyDeck at Willis Tower (better known at Sear’s Tower). This was our visit after the inclusion of The Ledge. My dad would not step foot out there for nothing. But Apryl and I did…

And, a short video:

Oh, and, I suppose I should share the view:

On Sunday, my dad and I visited the Chicago History Museum. Below, my dad points to where his seats were when he attend a White Sox game during a business trip in the 70’s at Old Comiskey Park.

Good seats!

Later that day, my dad and I ventured over to Montrose Harbor and caught this amazing view:

We also saw a few ice fishers:

That evening we watched the Saints win over the Colts while eating Chicago deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis. Sorry, no evidence of this taking place.

On Monday morning, before my dad’s flight back home, we enjoyed a Chicago breakfast institute, Ann Sather. Below, their famous cinnamon rolls:

As always, it was nice spending time with my dad. I was hoping we would have snow blanketed over the city for him, but most of it was melted. There were a little flurries on his first night in town, but nothing compared to the 14 inches we are expected to have tonight, or the 8 inches expected when he arrived back in Memphis. Until next time…

Check out all the photos here.

The goat days.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It seems our neighborhood longs for the it’s past, gritty days when prostitutes, junkies, and criminals roomed the intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen. Hmm. Personally, I applaud the lack of such folks but could do without a bank on every corner. But that’s just me.

Curious about the title of this post? Here’s a clue.


Friday, October 30th, 2009

Fall is pretty…

… and yummy!

Chicago in December

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Eva checks out tree

Above, Eva checks out the new Christmas tree. When we get all the lights and trimmings on, I’ll post another picture. Other than that, the posts will be slim until I finish up editing this year’s cheerleading video. Until then, here a few photos I took on Monday while I was working downtown:

Snow Sidewalk

I took this photo of our sidewalk on my way to the train station. Since we’ve gotten back from Memphis, it’s been snowing pretty regularly.

Western Stop

The Western train stop.

four seasons

A statute outside the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.

Downtown Snow

The view from the 35th floor.

Christmas tree

A HUGE Christmas Tree inside the Michigan Avenue Shops Mall.

Eva in box

Back at home. Since I have been using my camera as a deck for my edit, Eva has been taking advantage of the empty case. OK, that is all.

Hayden, Apryl, and Pie

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Apple Photo

Our official photo (taken as we turned our pie over for judging) at last month’s Bucktown Apple Pie Contest.