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Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum

Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum

If you haven’t visited the breathtaking Milwaukee Art Museum, which was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, I highly recommend that you check it out. Although I’ve lived in Illinois for most of my life, I’d never actually visited Milwaukee proper. Prior to my recent visit, I couldn’t understand why one would bother to make the […]

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Burning Man spirit in the Illinois boonies

Burning Man spirit in the Illinois boonies

Intrigued by the massive public art displays, anti-commerce ethos and the rich photographic opportunities that would have undoubtedly presented themselves at Burning Man, I briefly contemplated heading out into the Nevada desert for the annual festival this year. (Click here for a 2009 New York Times slide show depicting some of the art installations). It […]

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Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home 3.0

Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home 3.0

Few things are more eco-friendly than recycling, which is something that vintage enthusiasts have been exclaiming since the first “green” products began hitting the market several years ago. This year, the Museum of Science and Industry acknowledged this fact by selecting Scout owner Larry Vodak to curate version 3.0. of their Smart Home, which I […]

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A cool hazy patch of lakefront on a hot, humid July Chicago day

A cool hazy patch of lakefront on a hot, humid July Chicago day

Speaking of the beach . . . despite the fact that a heat dome has been hovering stubbornly over Chicago for the past several days, I decided to go for a stroll by the lake earlier this week and was surprised to find that the water hitting the hot air had created a cool (but […]

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Photos: Summer in Edgewater Glen

Photos: Summer in Edgewater Glen

I’m kind of obsessed with this retro building on the north side. My friends think I’m crazy and that the building is ugly, but as you can see from this photo, they are mistaken. What do you think? ↔ This is the house directly across the street from the building in the top photo. It […]

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Photo Essay: Labor Day in Downtown Chicago

Photo Essay: Labor Day in Downtown Chicago

As you peruse today’s photo essay, I must insist you listen to this excellent song.  Just click the YouTube player icon on your screen.  Sheesh, can you imagine how strange the preceding sentence would’ve sounded to you fifteen years ago?  Or, how much would we even understand about modern day life if we were transported […]

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Chicago Secrets: The Field Museum’s Hush-Hush Rental Program AKA the Harris Loan Center (Exposed!)

Chicago Secrets: The Field Museum’s Hush-Hush Rental Program AKA the Harris Loan Center (Exposed!)

Museums, in addition to being large publicly funded institutions which are open to the public for educational purposes but which often require an annual membership or nominal daily fee, are places where ANYTHING can happen!  Artifacts are collected for crying out loud!  From around the world!!  From remote areas!!!  Watch it because the exclamation points […]

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