“That’s the place where all the shittiness happens,” said the child’s father, Lee Tendering, adding that the Cubs have been fucking up at Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. “Your grandpa used to take me here to watch the Cubs suck when I was a boy, and hopefully someday you’ll bring your son here to watch the Cubs suck.”—Child Shown Field Where Cubs Suck | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
“Rogers Park, as the neighborhood is known, is the attic of Chicago, where the city stores people it can’t use, but can’t get rid of, either. The main drag, Sheridan Road, is lined with adult care facilities whose residents sit outside on bus benches, smoking cigarette butts and cuddling headless dolls. Author Neal Pollack, who lived here in the late 1990s, called the locals “the sediment left over after you put the city of Chicago through a sifter.” There’s a hippie restaurant that has remained open for 38 years, even though everyone agrees that the food is terrible, the service is terrible, the kitchen is filthy, and the owner has no business sense whatsoever. There used to be a bar called The Ho, but it was condemned after the floor collapsed. When the Leather Archives and Museum outgrew its original location, in a more expensive neighborhood, the repository of S&M history found a new home in an abandoned Rogers Park synagogue. If you want to make a career out of being weird, this is the place. In Rogers Park, only the weird survive.”—Private Eye - The Morning News (via jasmined)
"Are you mad? "I’m not mad at all, sweetie." "I’m sorry I threw up." "Don’t worry. We’ll get you to bed and get you all better." "I’m sorry, Daddy." [Cubs tickets for tonight’s game in his hand.] “Nothing to worry about at all.”
“For the first couple of weeks he was open, Emmett said, the customers were neighbors, who sidled up to the marble bar. ‘But as we started bringing out pizza, people would ask if it was cake, and soon word spread, and then the foodies came.’”—
It’s “the only kind of sausage that didn’t sell,” says Sohn. “And that was mostly me talking people out of it! This was a long time ago, and I would ask people, ‘Have you had this?’ And they’re like, ‘No.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, you don’t want it.’”
“Oh yeah. And every time we did a take, he’d create a different joke. It was really challenging because he just coming up with so many fantastic ideas — he was just so funny. But the biggest challenge was when we were shooting, we actually had to keep a straight face because Robin would be so funny. Everyone would break character and just bust out laughing. There were even some takes where the camera man would laugh and the camera would shake. Robin would just waste film. He would ruin everything because he was so doggone funny.”—
Reginald Hudlin on the late great Chicago comedian Robin Harris.
For two years I would go by the abandoned Frank Cuneo Memorial Hospital at Montrose and Clarendon on my way to my apartment. It didn’t matter if it was the middle of the day or late at night, I always thought, “That building creeps me out.”
After years of trying to find a new development for the site, it looks as though luxury housing will go on the site, a project which will receive about $14 million in Tax Increment Financing funds. This led to protests and criticism from Uptown residents upset with the project.
On this episode of the Barbershop Show, we discuss the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
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