Category Archives: Chicago

Chicago: clearing storm

It’s been extraordinarily cool in Chicago for the last few days (today’s high will be about 71°F or 22°C), and is expected to remain so until Saturday. It’s good weather for ducks, especially yesterday when it rained on and off. The storm cleared for a while in the evening and then began again. Here’s a […]

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. . . . it’s Chicago!

I’m having severe trouble concentrating on writing today, and I’m 100% sure this is malaise from lockdown and all the bad news. I am also getting grumpy. Here, have two pictures of Chicago that I took yesterday evening from my crib. One has a bird in it, the other a plane. I have to say […]

A mirage of Chicago

Reader Edward sent this breathtaking photo of a mirage of the Chicago Skyline, just featured as the Earth Science Photo of the Day.  It was taken in 2008 from the Indiana Dunes, a state park 37 miles from the city, and a place from which the city isn’t visible.  It is in fact an inferior […]

Chicago during the pandemic

This is just fog, but this picture of downtown Chicago, taken from my crib two days ago, makes me think that the fog is a metaphor for the virus plaguing our city—and everywhere else. The big building is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. Click to enlarge.

Today’s lunch

It’s supposed to be my day off, and now that my talk in Florida has been canceled because of the Virus, I feel the need to have some fun. So I left work this morning and took the bus to Gage Park, heading west on 55th Street toward Midway Airport. After you leave the University, […]

Sunset, Chicago

Yesterday evening when the sun’s last rays lit the buildings downtown. (Click to enlarge.)

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Caturday, September 14, 2019, and I trust all of us got past Friday the 13th without trouble. It’s National Cream-Filled Donut Day (make the “Creme”, because hardly any donuts use real cream), Eat a Hoagie Day, German Language Day, and, in the UK, National Quiet Day (but every day is quiet day there!) In […]

Chicago: clearing rain

Taken from my crib the other day after the rain was clearing in the evening:

Friday: Hili dialogue

I’m amazed at how quickly the weeks whiz by: soon graduation will take place at most American colleges, and things will become quiet. (The University of Chicago is on the quarter system and so our graduation is late: exams begin June 8, and graduation is a week later. On the other hand, classes usually start […]

Please donate to Feline Friends London: Cleopatra’s story

So far readers of this site have raised £2,150 pounds for Feline Friends London, a no-kill cat rescue organization that has become this website’s Official Charity®. I’ve put up a couple of appeals this week, and we have about 75 donors. Thanks a lot to all of you who have loosened your pursestrings and donated. […]